Assistant/Associate Professor x 3 in Psychology University of Warwick, Department of Psychology United Kingdom

Assistant/Associate Professor x 3


Vacancy Type/Job category





Assistant Professor: £40,792 - £48,677 per annum; Associate Professor: £50,132 - £58,089 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview3 x Permanent, Full-Time Positions Available


36.5 hours per week (100% FTE)


Warwick University is one of the leading research-intensive institutions in the UK, ranked in the 10 top nationally and the top 60 in the world. Warwick Psychology is 7th in the UK for its publications in the latest national research review. Following a recent University strategy review, the Department is in the process of undergoing major investment and growth, with these posts forming part of a longer-term expansion.


One of the posts will be in the area of Health and Well-being and will lead a new MSc course in this area. Two other posts will complement existing research in Behavioural Sciences or Language and Learning and/or provide new expertise in areas of importance to society. Particularly valuable would be the ability to contribute new undergraduate module options in areas likely to be attractive to students and/or the ability to help teach on our established MSc in Behavioural and Economic Science.

Candidates will hold a PhD in Psychology or equivalent in a closely related subject.


Candidates will be expected to undertake research, teaching, administration and other activities supporting the work of the Department and developing and enhancing its reputation, both internal and external to the University. A good understanding of the impact agenda, with a potential to contribute to future impact, is also highly desirable.


Closing Date: 23:59pm on Tuesday 9th April


Job Description


You will undertake research, teaching, administration and other activities supporting the work of the Department and developing and enhancing its reputation, both internal and external to the University.



Key tasks: Assistant or Associate Professor



1. Establish a sound research programme in order to pursue individual and collaborative research of excellent quality.

2. To publish research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing.

3. To secure, in collaboration with colleagues as appropriate, external funding through research grants or contracts to support a developing research agenda.

4. To supervise post-doctoral research assistants, research students, technical and other support staff engaged in research.

5. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the Department.

Associate Professors should additionally demonstrate a track record of substantial external funding.



6. To co-operate with colleagues in the continuous review and development of the curriculum and in the design and launch of new degrees or other academic awards where appropriate.

7. To design, and be responsible for the contents of, specific areas of teaching and learning within the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

8. To supervise undergraduate and postgraduate project work.

9. To support students during any placements, fieldwork or exchange programmes as required.

10. To ensure that student feedback on teaching is sought and to respond constructively to such feedback.

11. To maintain a broad knowledge of up-to-date research and scholarship in relevant fields to ensure that teaching meets the standards expected within a research-led University.

12. To undertake academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high quality teaching.

Both Assistant and Associate Professors must have evidence of previous good quality teaching; a sustained record of high-quality teaching will be required for the Associate Professor level.


Administration and Other Activities

13. To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Head of Department.

14. To attend departmental meetings and to participate in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University.

15. To participate in relevant professional activities and engage in continuous professional development.

16. To undertake external commitments which reflect well on and enhance the reputation of the University.

17. To ensure compliance with health and safety and data protection in all aspects of work.


For appointment at Associate Professor level, candidates should demonstrate a readiness to undertake substantial administrative and managerial tasks within and on behalf of the University

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post-holder will be required to be flexible in their duties.


Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.


Essential Criteria 1PhD in Psychology or a closely related subject (a)
Essential Criteria 2Strong publication record within Psychology or related discipline (a)
Essential Criteria 3Record in attracting grant income (for Associate Professor a track record of substantial external funding) (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 4Excellent communication skills (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 5Potential to contribute and develop the range of undergraduate / postgraduate modules (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 6Proven ability to engage with research across the University/ work with multi-disciplinary teams (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 7Good managerial skills (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 8Ability to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students in lectures, seminars, and practical classes (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 9Competency in IT and familiarity with a computerised environment (a) (d)
Desirable Criteria 1Conduct research that seeks to deliver practical benefits to society (a) (c) (d)
Desirable Criteria 2Strong collaborative networks in the UK/ Overseas (a) (c) (d)
Further ParticularsFor further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.


For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.


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Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy


As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.


Other InformationThe University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.


We are committed to supporting all staff to support their potential and we welcome applications from candidates from diverse and underrepresented groups. Warwick Psychology holds an Athena SWAN bronze award for gender equality advancement, while Warwick University holds a Silver Award. These awards and the Departmental policy on equality, diversity and inclusion represent our commitment to our diverse student population and to the advancement of all our staff. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme.


The department offers flexible working arrangements and a commitment to schedule department events within core working hours only’ as additional evidence. The Department is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes applications from members of groups that have been, and continue to be, underrepresented in academia. Candidates should have experience in, or be able to demonstrate a commitment to, working with diverse student populations and/or in a culturally diverse work and educational environment.

Closing Date

9 Apr 2019

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