Department of Psychology, Lancaster University
Current Academic Vacancies
Professor in Social Psychology – A1479
Professor in Perception or Cognition - A1480
Lecturer in Psychology - A1478
The Department of Psychology at Lancaster University is on a path of substantial research expansion with a research building dedicated to behavioural testing across the lifespan, and specialised laboratories devoted to EEG, NIRS, and eye tracking, psychopharmacological testing, sleep studies, auditory testing, interviewing and observation, motion capture, and virtual reality testing.
We seek to make two Professorial appointments to enhance the capacity of two research groups: Social Processes (Professor in Social Psychology), and Perception and Action (Professor in Perception or Cognition). Candidates with a strong research trajectory in these areas are also invited to apply for the position of Reader. We are also seeking to appoint a Lecturer (the equivalent of Assistant Professor) in an area that complements our research profile. Whilst all applicants will be considered on their individual merits, there is the potential for the lectureship to be linked with one of the Professorial appointments.
Our Social Processes Research Group already has a strong international reputation for the application of social and cognitive psychology to better understand criminality and security threats. We are seeking an appointment who will provide leadership to develop further our research capacity in social cognition, which encompasses the areas of morality and emotion, culture and identity, goals and motivation, group processes, attitudes and social perception, and applied health. Our Perception and Action Research Group has an emerging reputation for the study of human interactions with the world via sensory and motor processes, in addition to strengths in the study of nutrients and dietary patterns that enhance cognitive function and brain health, dementia, memory, and language.
The Department has a strong tradition of collaborative research across traditional boundaries within Psychology and beyond. Our researchers are currently involved in three ESRC Research Centres (Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences - CASS; Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats - CREST; International Centre for Language and Communicative Development - LuCiD). For the senior positions we are seeking individuals who can provide strong academic leadership and whose research and teaching connects them with other areas of excellence within the University such as the Centre for Ageing Research, the Institute of Data Science, the Institute of Social Futures, and/or the forthcoming Health Innovation Campus (for details see http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/research/multidisciplinary-research/).
Lancaster University is among the top 10 universities in the UK and the top one percent of universities in the world. The Department of Psychology at Lancaster has a core complement of 37 members of academic staff and a thriving community of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students. In the latest 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 program (recently ranked a top-10 UK course by The Telegraph) and by its postgraduate provision, which includes ESRC recognised PhD and Masters programmes within the largest Doctoral Training Centre in the UK.
All applicants should have a track record of research and teaching excellence demonstrated by publications, research grant acquisition, socio-economic impact, and teaching experience, commensurate with stage of career.
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be addressed to Prof. Kate Cain (email: ku.ca.retsacnal|niac.k#ku.ca.retsacnal|niac.k Tel: 01524 593990).
Further information about the Department is available at: http://www.psych.lancs.ac.uk
Applications should be made through the Lancaster University website: https://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/vacancies.aspx?cat=-1&type=5 , and accompanied by a cover letter, a full CV, and a brief outline (no more than 2 sides of A4) of the research you would undertake should you be appointed.
The Department of Psychology provides a work environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, promoting a healthy work-life balance. We hold the Athena SWAN Bronze award recognising our commitment to the representation of and support for women in the academic workplace. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. We particularly welcome applications from female candidates for the professorial posts and those from people in all diversity groups. Appointments will always be made on merit.