Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Neuroscience

Lancaster University
September 30, 2024
Offerd Salary:£39,347 to £64,914
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Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Neuroscience

Psychology Location: Bailrigg, Lancaster, UK Salary: £39,347 to £64,914 (Full time, indefinite) Closing Date: Monday 30 September 2024 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: 1305-23-R

The Department of Psychology at Lancaster University is currently seeking to recruit a Senior Lecturer or Lecturer in Neuroscience.

This is one of three strategic appointments to develop and enhance research and teaching in our growing Department.

The Department of Psychology at Lancaster University has a core complement of over 40 members of academic staff and a thriving community of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students across the four research areas of Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience and Neurocognition, and Social Processes. Details of our research interests and facilities can be found here: https:// www.

We embed research reproducibility and R-based teaching across the taught curriculum and actively support open science initiatives. For more information: https: // www.

In the Psychology Department we conduct world-leading research to elucidate neurocognitive, behavioural, and perceptual processes across the lifespan, in neurotypical and clinical populations. We are interested in how such processes function both on an individual level, as well as when interacting with others ‘brain-to-brain'.

As well as a multidisciplinary and vibrant research culture, we have an excellent research environment for testing participants at all life stages, with a rich suite of the latest technologies for examining neurocognition, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Multi-channel Transcranial electrical brain stimulation, several Electroencephalography setups, functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, eye-trackers, motion tracking, Virtual Reality Suites, Computational Neuroscience facilities, Biophysics, sound-proof Auditory laboratories, polysomnography, and functional Transcranial Doppler. Research equipment is shared collegially across research groups, which also serves to foster innovation and new thinking across research specialisations.

The Department was recently awarded an Athena Swan Silver award and is committed to Lancaster University's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy and Widening Participation. We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups and seek to provide a work environment that supports the individual needs of each employee and promotes a healthy work-life balance. Applicants are encouraged to detail any career breaks or significant periods of leave (e.g., for caring responsibilities) in their CV. Our early career lecturers have reduced teaching and administrative allocations and experience success in funding acquisition, teaching awards, and career progression.

All applicants must have a track record of research and teaching excellence, commensurate with stage of career, demonstrated by:

  • publications,
  • research grant acquisition,
  • engagement and socio-economic impact, and
  • teaching and leadership experience.
  • Informal enquiries about these posts are welcome and should be addressed to either the Head of Department, Prof Gert Westermann (email: [email protected]) or the Neuroscience and Neurocognition group lead, Dr Helen Nuttall (email: [email protected]).

    Applications should be accompanied by a cover letter (no more than 2 pages), a full CV, and a clear outline (no more than 2 pages) of the programme of research you would undertake should you be appointed . In your cover letter please indicate if you wish to be considered for this post at Lectureship or Senior Lectureship level.

    Applications must be made via the online portal; applications by email will not be accepted.

    Interviews and selection activity for the position are currently expected to take place during autumn 2024, with a start date in September 2025.

    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 and a dedicated lab manager for the infant and child developmental facilities: one floor houses labs devoted to infant and childhood studies including equipment for EEG/ERP (EGI), fNIRS, eye tracking, fetal 4D scanning, motion tracking and behavioural observation; the other is devoted to adult studies, housing much of our neuroscience equipment, as well as basic computing labs.

    Lancaster University's Psychology Department incorporates two ESRC Research Centres: The International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD), which focuses on early communication in collaboration with expertise across the North West of England, and the ESRC Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), the UK's hub for behavioural and social science research into security threats. Both of these groups drive interdisciplinary research across the UK, combining neuroscience with behavioural and data analysis methods.

    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. We have a vibrant adult participant pool through Sona and a large database of families interested in taking part in developmental research. We have well-established relations with local nurseries, schools, hospitals, and charities.

    Lancaster University excels in both teaching and research. It is consistently ranked among the top universities in the main UK league tables (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024, The Guardian University Guide 2024, and The Complete University Guide 2025). The University has a 5 rating from QS World Rankings and is ranked 122nd in the World University Rankings 2024. The University achieved Gold status in the most recent Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). As a Department, 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. The Department promotes cross-fertilization 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 Programme in the UK.

    Further information about the Department is available at: https:// www.

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