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Teaching Associate (Maternity cover)

Salary:   £28,756 to £33,309
Closing Date:   Monday 18 October 2021
Interview Date:   Thursday 28 October 2021
Reference:  A3475-R

The Department of Psychology at Lancaster University is seeking to appoint one full-time Teaching Associate for a fixed term of 9 months, to cover a period of maternity leave.  The role holder will make a strong contribution to our high-quality teaching (lectures, seminars and practical classes), primarily at undergraduate level, though possibly also at MSc level. They will be willing to innovate with respect to curriculum development (programme design, implementation and assessment) as well as supervise final year dissertation students. 

The role holder should have expertise of teaching in one of the following areas: 

  • Forensic psychology and /or criminology

  • Cognitive Psychology

  • Research Methods.

The post will involve a significant teaching load, with time available for related scholarship. Full support for teaching and further career development will be provided and we have an excellent track record in supporting our fixed-term TAs to secure further employment in teaching and/or research.   

The Department of Psychology at Lancaster has a core complement of approximately 45 members of academic staff and a thriving community of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students, based in four research groups (Infancy and Early Development, Language and Cognition, Perception and Action, Social Processes). The role holder will be a member of a research group within the department, appropriate to their expertise and will be free to follow their research interests where other duties allow but research activity is not part of the job description. More details of our research groupings, interests, and facilities can be found here: 

You will possess an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Psychology, or related discipline; a Higher Education teaching qualification would also be desirable. The successful candidates will have recent experience in teaching Psychology at University level. Experience of providing pastoral care to students is also desirable. 

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be addressed to Prof Kate Cain (email: ). 

Further information about the Department is available at: Applications should be accompanied by a cover letter, a full CV, and a brief outline (no more than 1 side of A4) of your experience in the target area of teaching outlined above. 

The Department of Psychology holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, providing a work environment that strongly supports the women in academia and the individual needs of each employee.  We adopt policies that promote a healthy work-life balance (e.g., family-friendly and flexible working practices), and we welcome applications from people in all diversity groups. Applicants are encouraged to detail any career breaks or significant periods of leave (e.g., for caring responsibilities) in the accompanying CV.  

Further information: 

Lancaster University excels in both teaching and research. Lancaster University has been named International University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, and is consistently in the top 10 rankings in the main UK league tables (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, The Guardian University Guide 2021, and The Complete University Guide 2021). The Department is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Psychology in the Complete University Guide 2021. The University achieved Gold status in the most recent Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), Psychology at Lancaster University was in the top 20 Psychology Departments in the UK for world leading (4*) research publications. The strength of the Department’s research is mirrored by the quality of its undergraduate programme and by its postgraduate provision, which includes ESRC recognised PhD and Masters programmes within the largest Doctoral Training Centre in the UK.  



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Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, all advertised roles are UK based.

The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.


We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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