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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

University of Aberdeen - School of Psychology

Location: Aberdeen
Salary: £42,149 to £60,022 (Grade 7 or 8)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th September 2021
Closes: 31st October 2021
Job Ref: PSY043A

As part of the continued development of the School of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, applications are invited from candidates who have a track record of outstanding independent research, as evidenced by high quality publications in leading academic journals and have interests which extend the School’s existing research strengths.

Research in the School of Psychology falls broadly into three themes: (1) Perception & Attention, (2) Cognition, and (3) Social Cognition.  Although each staff member is assigned to a single theme, there is extensive collaboration and overlap of interests within the School.  The School houses state-of-the-art facilities to support world-leading research across these three themes, including extensive eye tracking facilities (both lab-based and mobile), EEG systems, psychophysics laboratories and motion tracking facilities.

We have a particular research expertise on the perceptual, cognitive and social dimensions of human behaviour, drawing on research across the three themes.  We are looking to build upon our existing strengths in this domain, with a goal to model mechanisms of human interaction through the application of behavioural science, artificial intelligence and neuroscience techniques.  To achieve this goal, we plan to expand the research techniques and approaches used within the School, particularly to encompass data science, machine learning, deep learning and computational modelling to advance psychological research.  This expansion of research techniques will also lead to the development of new initiatives in data science and artificial intelligence.  Candidates who can contribute to this future direction of the School are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salaries will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 7/8 scale (£42,149 - £60,002 per annum, pro rata), with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry, please contact Professor Arash Sahraie, Head of School ( or Professor Jie Sui, Chair of Search Committee ( Please do not email CVs or applications to Professors Sahraie or Sui and apply online for this position

This role is based in the UK and as such the successful candidate will be required to live and work in Scotland.

The candidate appointed to this post may be eligible for homeworking on an occasional or regular basis. For more information please refer to our Homeworking Policy.

Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa. At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Reid, HR Adviser (e-mail: for further information.

Further information, including essential criteria can be found at

Job Reference Number: PSY043A

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 31st October 2021. During the week of 22nd-26th November 2021, successful candidates will be invited to give a presentation to the School and attend a formal interview.

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