Associate Professor (Reader) in Psychology

University of Plymouth - School of Psychology

The School of Psychology at University of Plymouth is seeking to appoint new academic staff in Psychology. 

The School of Psychology at University of Plymouth is one of the largest and most successful in the UK, comprising 50 FTE academic staff and over a thousand students at undergraduate, masters and doctoral level. The school delivers BPS accredited single honours BSc degrees in Psychology, combined honours degrees with Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies, Human Biology, and Sociology, an integrated undergraduate Masters programme in Advanced Psychology, taught postgraduate Masters in Psychology, and Psychological Research Methods, research MPhil and PhDs, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

The School forms part of the multidisciplinary Cognition Research Institute, with active research groups in Cognitive Neuroscience, Thinking and Reasoning, Memory, Vision, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Health and Well Being, and Behaviour Change. These groups are housed in recently-built dedicated research facilities, and are supported by a team of technicians and teaching and research associates. The School’s REF profile places it in the top third of psychology departments in the UK, with 83% of its research activity rated as internationally excellent or better.

Candidates with expertise in any area of Psychology are encouraged to apply. Your enthusiasm for your subject will extend to providing excellent teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, informed by rigorous scholarship and your own research experience. You will benefit from a positive and collegiate working environment that values and promotes excellence in all academic activities. You will be expected to strengthen an existing research group or build a research programme that complements existing strengths.

 ou will make a full contribution to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and assessment. We will be appointing at least one post to support teaching in the area of Developmental Psychology and this will include the supervision of undergraduate research projects in related areas.

You will have an outstanding research track record with a publication and research funding profile that demonstrates an internationally excellent standing in your field. You will be a research-leader, demonstrating both personal research excellence, and the potential to drive forward the research agenda of the School. You will have a track record of research consistent with a significant contribution to the REF and to the future profile of research in Psychology.

This vacancy will involve working with children and/or vulnerable adults and any appointment will be subject to receipt of clearance for the Protection of Children from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

For an informal discussion, please Professor Jon May on 01752 584839 or email

Interviews are likely to be held during in late November/ early December

Closing Date: 12 midnight, Tuesday 15 November 2016

University of Plymouth is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is a Stonewall diversity champion.

The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s career in STEMM academia.

University of Plymouth has been recognised by Bloomberg as one of the 50 best UK employers for 2016.

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