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Open Rank Academic positions (Lecturer to Associate Professor) in Psychology (E&R)

University of Exeter - Department of Psychology

Location: Exeter
Salary: Competitive Salary
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 28th May 2021
Closes: 19th September 2021
Job Ref: P76458

Open Rank Academic positions (Lecturer to Associate Professor, including clinical qualified candidates) in Psychology (Education and Research)

The Psychology Department at the University of Exeter seeks to appoint to several open rank posts to our team of exceptional scientists, educators, and clinicians, to conduct world-leading research aimed at tackling the big challenges facing society. 

We welcome applications from any area of psychology, but we are particularly interested in recruiting individuals who conduct research relevant to wider university priorities of the climate emergency, mental health, healthy ageing and social justice. The individuals we are hoping to recruit will be able to bridge our existing research themes and groups, working beyond traditional boundaries within psychology. 

For at least some of the posts, we particularly encourage applications from people with methodological expertise in cognitive/behavioural neuroscience, advanced data analytic techniques or computational modelling, to complement recent major investments at the University of Exeter such as the new MRI/PET facility  and the Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.  

Successful candidates will also help us to deliver an inclusive and innovative education to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as our numerous clinical-facing programmes including our clinical psychology doctorate, where appropriate.

At the Psychology Department at University of Exeter, we offer a supportive community where all colleagues can thrive and are treated with dignity and respect. The people we are seeking to recruit will demonstrate how they will enable us to maintain and develop this mission. 

About you 

 For a Lecturer post you will have:

  • A strong and demonstrable interest in Psychology
  • A PhD or equivalent
  • An independent, active research programme in a relevant field of research that has the potential to become internationally leading
  • Evidence of attracting research funding, or demonstrate a clear potential to attract such funding
  • A strong potential for research leadership
  • Enthusiasm and/or experience for delivering high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes 

For a Senior Lecturer post, in addition to the above, you will have:

  • An internationally recognised research programme
  • A strong track record in refereed publications and success in significant grant capture
  • Clear evidence of research leadership
  • Relationships with external organisations and funders/ and knowledge and experience of key sectors or business challenges 

For an Associate Professor post you will:

  • Be a leading authority in academic specialism with a strong international reputation, as evidenced by international quality research publications, a strong track record of sustained research funding as principal investigator and PhD supervision, as well as other esteem indicators
  • Have experience of making a significant contribution to the development and clarification of research strategy for your subject area
  • Contribute to our educational programmes and to the overall student experience.
  • Be a leading international figure with the ability to attract world-class individuals to your research group 

Please indicate on your application which position you are applying for.  

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework. 

Based on our research income in recent years, we are the fastest growing UK research university and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing our world today through our research programmes. According to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 98% of our research is international quality, and we encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. 

The University has over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries, and offers a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce. 

What we can offer you

  • An exciting, collegiate and stimulating atmosphere within our Department
  • Freedom (and support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting and impactful research
  • Support teams that understand our university-wide research and teaching goals, and that partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic Initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in a vibrant city at the heart of stunning Devon 

For further information 

Before submitting an application, you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Professor Celia Morgan on

Please ensure you read our Job Description and Person Specification for full details of these positions: Professor, Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer attached at the top of the advert. 

If you are interested in these positions we recommend that you apply as soon as possible. This is a rolling-recruitment campaign and applications will be reviewed immediately upon application and interviews will be held throughout the recruitment period.

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