'Lectureship in Psychology (2 posts)
Salary: £42,149 to £50,296
Closing Date: Friday 22 July 2022
Interview Date: See advert
The Department of Psychology at Lancaster University has a vacancy for 2
full-time indefinite Lectureships, one in the area of Social Psychology and
one in the area of Developmental Psychology.
Social Psychology at Lancaster. The Social Processes research group
specialises in the psychology of pro-social and anti-social behaviour, moral
and high-risk decision-making, and security and trust. We seek applications
from candidates with interests in any area of social psychology or forensic
psychology that complements these research strengths. We value methodological
plurality – and are interested in colleagues who use quantitative and
qualitative methods. We encourage applications from candidates with an
interest in any aspect of behavioural analytics.
Developmental Psychology at Lancaster. Developmental psychologists at
Lancaster specialise in broad range of topics encompassing language,
communication, literacy, cognitive, and social development in both
neurotypical and atypical populations. We are based across the Infancy and
Early Development and the Language and Cognition research groups and take a
collaborative and multifaceted approach to our work, including offline and
online behavioural methods (e.g., eye tracking, reading times),
neuroscientific methods (e.g., EEG/ERP, NIRS), as well as computational
modelling. We encourage applications from candidates working in areas of
developmental psychology that complement or extend our research strengths.
The two positions are strategic appointments to develop and enhance our
research and teaching in these growth areas.
The Department of Psychology at Lancaster has a core complement of more
than 40 members of academic staff and a thriving community of post-doctoral
researchers and PhD students, currently based in four research groups
(Infancy and Early Development, Language and Cognition, Perception and
Action, Social Processes). We welcome applications that complement our
existing strengths and can build on our productive research and teaching
collaborations across the University. More details of our research groupings,
interests, and facilities can be found here:
https:// www. lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/research/
The successful candidates will be expected to be in post by 02 January 2023
at the latest, but ideally earlier.
All applicants must hold (or be about to submit) their PhD at the time
of applying and must have been fully awarded your degree by 30 June 2023. They
should also have a track record of research and teaching excellence
research grant acquisition,
engagement and socio-economic impact,
and teaching and leadership experience, commensurate with stage of career.
The Department has revised its undergraduate teaching curriculum to embed
research reproducibility and R-based teaching across the undergraduate
curriculum. We actively support open science initiatives, including the
development of good research practices, an active and vibrant open science
group in the department with strong links to University, as well as broader
open scholarship communities. For example, several staff members contributed
to UK Reproducibility Network primers and resource documents, and we have
embedded research integrity within our teaching curriculum and postgraduate
training. For more information:
https: // www. lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/research/open-science/
Informal enquiries about these posts are welcome and should be addressed to
Prof Kate Cain (email: email@example.com).
Applications should be accompanied by a cover letter (no more than 2 pages),
a full CV, and a brief outline (no more than 2 pages) of the programme of
research you would undertake should you be appointed. Applications must be
made via this online portal; applications by email will not be accepted.
The Department of Psychology holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award and is
committed to Lancaster University's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy
and Widening Participation. We seek to provide a work environment that
strongly supports women in academia and the individual needs of each employee,
that promotes a healthy work-life balance, 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. We have a strong track record of supporting our early
career researchers evidenced by successes in funding acquisition, teaching
awards, and career progression.
Further details about the Psychology Department at Lancaster
The Department has a strong tradition of collaborative research across
traditional boundaries within Psychology and beyond. We have a research
building dedicated to behavioural and neurophysiological testing across the
lifespan, supported by Psychology research technicians: one floor houses labs
devoted to infant and childhood studies; the other is devoted to adult social
psychology, cognition and neuroscience.
For social processes, we have an extensive array of labs and technologies to
support research in social processes, security and forensic psychology. These
include state-of-the-art motion tracking technology for measuring real-time
nonverbal behaviour and nonverbal mimicry. We also have new video analysis lab
dedicated to the analysis of large corpuses of CCTV (and other types of
digital visual data). The Department has a strong track record of developing
novel mobile and lab- based methods:
(https: // www. lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/research/research-software/).
For developmental research, we have an entire floor of our research building
housing child- and parent-friendly facilities and dedicated parking. Our
facilities include multiple observational laboratories with cutting-edge
equipment including eye-tracking technology, electroencephalography (EEG),
near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRs), electromyography (EMG), heart rate
detection, galvanic skin response, and infrared motion capture, as well as
equipment that can be taken off site and a test library stocked with a wide
range of psychometric assessments.
We support our research through personnel, as well as facilities. A dedicated
technical and resources team support the implementation of our research,
including on-site, off-site, and online testing. A lab manager supports
recruitment and on-site testing for infant and toddler studies. We have a
healthy adult participant pool through Sona. We have well-established
relations with local nurseries, schools, hospitals, etc.
Lancaster University excels in both teaching and research. Lancaster
University is consistently ranked among the top universities 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
University achieved Gold status in the most recent Teaching Excellence
Framework (TEF). As a Department, we achieved the following successes in the
last Research Excellence Framework (REF2021): 87% of our outputs were rated
as world-leading or internationally excellent; we were ranked 17th for impact,
and 29th overall. Members of the Department also participate in three major
ESRC research centres. The Department promotes a symbiotic relationship
between research and teaching. The success of this approach is reflected in
the quality of its BPS accredited research-led teaching at undergraduate and
postgraduate level, including ESRC recognised PhD and Masters programmes
within the largest Doctoral Training Centre in the UK.
Further information about the Department is available at:
https:// www. psych.lancs.ac.uk
We promote equality of opportunity and diversity within the workplace and
welcome applications from all sections of the community.
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