Professor in Psychology

University of Dundee - Psychology

Summary of Job Purpose and Principal Duties
We are seeking an exceptional candidate to enhance teaching and research in Psychology within the School of Social Sciences. The successful candidate will be expected to take on the role of Head of Discipline and to promote wider cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration within the School and beyond. The role of Head of Discipline is a 3-5 year rotational post.

We welcome applications from candidates who complement and extend our existing research strengths in Cognitive, Social and Developmental Psychology. We seek an individual with a track record of excellent and impactful research, under-pinned by external grant funding, evidenced by regular publication of research papers in top ranked journals and a strategy for knowledge exchange. In line with University expectations, Professors should be prominent in leadership roles across teaching and research. This is an excellent opportunity for established Professors or senior staff (Senior Lecturer/Reader) ready to move into a leadership role in a growing department.

Summary of Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Person Specification


  • PhD in a relevant subject;
  • Leading authority with an international reputation for excellence in your research field;
  • Experience of leading strategic planning at the discipline/School level;
  • Successful winning of research grant and/or consultancy funding and monitoring progress to ensure successful project delivery;
  • A thorough understanding of Institutional management systems and the higher education sector, including equal opportunities issues;
  • Clear evidence of excellence in University learning and teaching e.g., curriculum and module design and leadership, experience of assessing work and providing feedback to students;
  • Experience of supervision of undergraduate and/or taught postgraduate student projects;
  • Experience of successful supervision of PhD research students;
  • Ability to mentor colleagues and advise on personal development;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Evidence of ability and willingness to work collaboratively with others;
  • Evidence of effective team membership;
  • Ability to prioritise and balance competing demands;
  • Commitment to act in accordance with and promote the University’s values.


  • Experience of providing advice to external bodies;
  • Experience of curriculum development and review;
  • Experience of successful international recruitment;
  • Experience of Public Engagement.

College / School / Directorate Information
To further discuss the details of this post, informal inquires may be made to Professor Nick Hopkins (Head of Discipline), by email:, or phone: +44 (0)1382 384625, or to the Dean of School Professor John Rowan (, or phone +44 (0)1382 384024).

Additional Information
The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment. We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (Athena Swan) which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

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