Assistant Professor in Behavioural Science (30610-1121) . Job Reference: 1880699

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

January 3, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category



Warwick Business School

Sub Department

Behavioural Science


Competitive Salary


University of Warwick

Vacancy Overview

Full time, permanent position.

Note this post is advertised at both Assistant and Associate levels Please click here for the Associate Professor advert.

Warwick Business School is a research-led, triple-accredited university-based business school with a portfolio of world-class programmes.

We are continuing our search for outstanding academics to join our faculty. Applications are invited at the level of Assistant Professor in Behavioural Science.

We are looking for a scholar who is carrying out world-class research that will have lasting, international impact. The successful candidate will be an ambitious and collegial early career scholar who will contribute to research and teaching within the Behavioural Science Group. WBS, and Warwick more broadly, is internationally renowned for interdisciplinary work on pure and applied behavioural science, and Behavioural Science is one of the University's Global Research Priorities.

We are open to applications from researchers with a strong background in the behavioural sciences. We are interested researchers who specialise in: behavioural or experimental economics; the psychology of judgement and decision making; behavioural change; and the data science of human behaviour.

The successful candidate will have completed their doctoral studies and may have some post-doctoral research experience. In addition, they will have the capacity to publish at the top level, demonstrated by publications or strong working papers. The successful candidate will also have an ambitious future research agenda. A demonstrable ability to teach behavioural science would be an advantage.

Job Description

Job Purpose

To publish research of international excellence, and teach on the range of high quality programmes offered by the School at undergraduate, specialist masters, doctoral and MBA levels.

Duties and Responsibilities


• Carry out independent research.

• Contribute to the research activities of the department by developing your own research programme, planning and co-ordinating a broad research activity or programme, sustaining an extensive track record of published research findings, maintaining an expert reputation in own subject area at least at national, and usually international level.

• Contribute to the development of research strategies for the department.

• Publish research outcomes in appropriate refereed journals of international standing, and publish and disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other outlets.

• Engage in external academic activities in accordance with the department's research strategy and which enhance the School's national/international research profile. Such activities may include, for example, delivery of research papers at conferences, membership of committees of academic bodies, external examining, participation in knowledge transfer, development of industrial links and other related activities, and journal editorships.

• Encourage and work with other members of the Group/University on joint research activities (where appropriate) and contribute to relevant research seminars.

• Provide leadership in the relevant subject area.

• Apply for, negotiate and manage research funds to the benefit of the individual's or others' research activity and the research standing of the University as measured by, for example, the REF.

• Act as principal investigator and project leader.

• Manage research projects.

• Publication record in line with qualifying for an REF 4 or equivalent rating.

• Contribute to successful research grant applications to support research projects

Teaching and Learning Support

• Engage in teaching at all levels using relevant teaching methods, e.g. lectures, seminars, tutorials, etc., working as part of the teaching team. Please note that teaching on certain postgraduate programmes takes place outside of normal University terms and during some evenings.

• Maintain a broad knowledge of up to date research and scholarship in relevant fields to ensure that teaching meets the standard expected within a research-led University.

• Support and comply with the University and departmental teaching quality assurance standards and procedures, including the provision of such information as required by the School or University.

• Develop and apply appropriate teaching techniques and materials, (novel or innovative), which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students. This will include contribution to regular reflection on the enhancement of departmental curricula.

• Undertake curriculum and course design and deliver material across a range of programmes of study at various levels, using appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods, reviewing and improving as required.

• Supervise research students subject to the usual University criteria, including where appropriate joint supervision.

• Supervise undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA student projects, dissertations and, where appropriate, placements and field trips.

• Take responsibility for academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high quality teaching.

• Co-ordinate and undertake pastoral support for students within the programme, course or modules for which the post holder is responsible, liaising where necessary with other University agencies such as the Senior Tutor's Office.

Administration and Other Activities

• Contribute to the efficient management and administration of the department by performing administrative/departmental duties as allocated by the Dean or Head of Group.

• Act as a personal tutor for a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate students, liaising where necessary with other University agencies such as the Personal Tutor's office.

• Provide leadership to those working within programme areas, as course leader or equivalent, by for example co-ordinating the work of others to ensure that courses are delivered effectively or organising the work of a team by agreeing objectives and work plans.

• Contribute to the management or monitoring of budgets (either project-based or departmental) and/or to the establishment and management of programme/departmental financial plans and budgets, in collaboration as appropriate.

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list, but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. You will be required to be flexible in your duties, and to ensure compliance with health and safety and equal opportunities in all aspects of work.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

A PhD or equivalent in a relevant field or near completion (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 2

The potential for internationally recognized research, demonstrated with publications or strong working papers. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 3

Understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of teaching (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 4

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate well to colleagues and different kinds of students (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 5

Ability to perform to required deadlines and to initiate, plan, organise and deliver programmes of work (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 6

Evidence of ability in teaching (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 7

Evidence of ability in teaching (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 8

Willingness and ability to take the lead on research grant applications to support research projects (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 9

Engaged in continuous professional development (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 10

Willingness and ability to contribute as a good citizen and to undertake relevant administrative and managerial duties (a) (c) (d)

Desirable Criteria 1

Evidence of the ability to work independently in research (a) (c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

Warwick Business School (WBS) is a world-class business school at the heart of a world-class University, challenging assumptions and championing business as a force for good. From the pioneering research we undertake, to the students we help to shape, we are for the Change Makers who will impact the world for the better.

We were the first UK business school to be triple accredited by the major bodies (EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB) and our courses consistently rank highly (our Distance Learning MBA is first in the world, our Executive MBA is ranked first in the UK and sixth in the world, and our MSc Management is ranked first in the UK and ninth in the world). However, we're more than our rankings and we're proud to be different. We're down to earth and approachable, and we want WBS to feel like home to our students, our staff and our alumni community. We look to provide a stimulating and fulfilling work environment for all. One where you will feel supported and encouraged to grow professionally; developing your knowledge, skills, confidence and career.

Our vision

Our vision is to be Europe's leading University-based business school, developing transformational ideas and people that shape how we do business. This vision is supported by our three-fold mission:

1. To develop cutting-edge research that leads debate and deepens our understanding of the practice of business and management 2. To provide a transformational learning experience, enabling our stakeholders to realise their full potential 3. To work in partnership with policy and practice, both in terms of our research and teaching activities, to catalyse the impact of our work.

Everything we do is underpinned by our CORE values and driven by a commitment to a Change Maker mindset. We look for this shared commitment across our staff and student community.

• Change Makers see the bigger picture. Thinking beyond themselves and their environment, they're open to other viewpoints and consider the ripple effect of what they do on a personal, social, and commercial level. They're driven by having the biggest positive impact and a focus on the greater good. • Change Makers challenge the norm. Challenging the status quo and not just accepting things at face value is when real impact and change can be delivered. • Change Makers have the drive as well as the vision. It's one thing having a vision but having the drive and work ethic to realise a vision is another matter. Change Makers relentlessly pursue every possible solution in order to achieve their goals.

Our CORE values

• Curiosity. We challenge, we embrace different perspectives, and we think creatively to build our future. • Openness. We're open to different perspectives, talking to stakeholders, listening to feedback, embracing change and pushing forward for the better. • Restlessness. We're not satisfied with standing still, and never stop looking for ways to improve. Constantly evaluating, we don't stop when we've achieved one thing; we use all of our initiative, drive and resourcefulness to achieve more. • Excellence At a world class university and a globally recognised business school, excellence is a given. There are no half measures at WBS.

We offer a broad range of undergraduate, graduate and executive courses. We recruit the brightest students, offer exceptional learning experiences, have a positive impact on society, produce impactful research that is published in premier journals, and employ outstanding faculty who are global experts in their fields. We are a global school with a cosmopolitan outlook.

We believe in the power of an entrepreneurial mind-set to change the world for the better, and that business schools should have a significant role in fuelling that change. So we welcome the problem solvers, value creators and change makers who share our intellectual curiosity. As one of Europe's leading global business schools we set out to lead the debate through our transformative research, and to develop inquisitive minds that will make a positive impact in an ever-changing world.

Our vision is: to be Europe's leading University-based Business School, developing transformational ideas and people that shape how we do business. Our vision is supported by our three-fold mission: • To develop cutting-edge research that leads debate and deepens our understanding of the practice of business and management. • To provide a transformational learning experience, enabling our stakeholders to realise their full potential. • To work in partnership with policy and practice, both in terms of our research and teaching activities, to catalyse the impact of our work.

Our reputation is based on our world-class staff, both academic and administrative, and world-class facilities. In addition, we have a very talented and diverse student body, with students from around 120 countries across our undergraduate, masters, MBA, PhD and DBA programmes.

Accreditation and rankings

WBS is proud to be part of an elite group of global business schools who have been accredited by all three premier international management education bodies:

• European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate, EQUIS

• The Association of MBAs, based in the UK

• AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, based in the USA. WBS was the first UK institution to attain this accreditation Current details of our placing in the various media-based rankings can be found here.

The Financial Times

• Ranks our Full-time MBA 32nd in the world and 5th in the UK

• Ranks our Distance learning MBA 1st in the world

• Ranks our Executive MBA 22nd in the world, and 3rd in the UK for stand-alone Executive MBAs • Ranks our MSc in Finance 11th in the world and 3rd in the UK

• Ranks our MSc in Management 16th in the world and 3rd in the UK

• Ranks our Executive Education Custom Programmes 62nd in the world

The Economist

• Ranks our Masters in Management 9th in the world and top in the UK

• Ranks the Full-time MBA 17th in the world and, for the sixth consecutive year, 1st in the UK

• Ranks our Executive MBA 6th in the world, 3rd in Europe and 1st in the UK

For further information, please visit https: // www.

WBS London, The Shard

In 2015, WBS opened its downtown campus at London's iconic building, The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, offering the following part-time courses:

• DBA – Doctor of Business Administration • Executive MBA

• Tailored Executive Education courses for companies and individuals

• Postgraduate qualifications in Central Banking and Financial Regulation, delivered exclusively for, and in partnership with, the Bank of England.

Why WBS?

Our academics produce world-leading research in all fields of management, which is why we attract the very best PhD candidates. 100% of full-time faculty who both teach and research at WBS have PhDs and our doctoral community is thriving. We offer a range of executive education programmes including diplomas, short courses, and customised programmes for corporate clients and individuals, and consult with industry to keep our programmes fresh, relevant, and accessible. The fact that many graduates return for further study with us later in their careers demonstrates our effective blend of academic research with the practicalities of the workplace.

Warwick Business School is one of a number business schools in the UK to be recognised for advancing gender equality. In 2018 the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) awarded Warwick Business School a silver Athena SWAN award for its progress in gender equality. Warwick Business School is the first business school to receive a silver award.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Other Information

Right to work in the UK If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under for a Skilled Worker visa in the UK points-based immigration system please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker Visa.

We were the first UK business school to receive the Athena SWAN Silver award for progress in gender equality and The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Closing Date

3 Jan 2022

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