Professor/Associate Professor in Behavioural Science and Health

University of Stirling - Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

The Post

The University of Stirling is making this investment in a Professor or Associate Professor in Behavioural Science and Health to consolidate and develop its international reputation in applied health research to address the behaviours that are the primary preventable causes of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs). These include tobacco and alcohol use, poor diet, lack of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and the social, economic and environmental influences that cause or contribute to these behaviours.

The investment aims to:

  • Appoint a leader in behavioural science and health research in the Institute for Social Marketing, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport who can ensure that the University’s strong position in this field is advanced and that the international profile is raised.
  • Maximize opportunities for funded research which draw on the skills base and track record across the University.
  • Ensure effective cross-University working.
  • Consolidate the University of Stirling’s position as an international leader in applied health research, with broad based, multidisciplinary expertise.

Associate Professorship (Teaching and Learning Level 3) is conferred in recognition of exceptional distinction in research and knowledge transfer, in addition to the discharge of an appropriate level and range of other academic duties, not yet at the level required of a Professor.

The main responsibilities of the person appointed will be to:

  • Provide research leadership within the Institute and the Faculty, and in cross institutional collaborations.
  • Lead collaborative applications for external research funding, focusing on large scale projects.
  • Undertake research leading to publication in keeping with the Faculty’s research strategy.
  • Enhance the external profile of the Faculty and the University.
  • Develop doctoral provision in behavioural science and related areas, and to attract additional doctoral students and studentship funding.
  • Undertake teaching on the Faculty’s programmes, as appropriate.
  • Supervise student dissertations at masters and doctoral levels.
  • Contribute to Faculty initiatives as requested by the Dean of Faculty.

Description of Duties

The postholder will play a key role in contributing to the Institute of Social Marketing and the Faculty’s strategic direction. The successful candidate will work with the Director of ISM, Professor Linda Bauld, and the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Jayne Donaldson, to implement the shared strategic vision and the plans necessary to attain the Institute’s and Faculty’s strategic goals. Providing leadership in academic matters, promoting continuous improvement in research performance and external funding, quality enhancement of teaching and learning, and knowledge transfer will be key requirements.

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