Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Psychology
The University of Edinburgh - Department of Psychology
United Kingdom

Vacancy Ref: : 0049460

Contact Person : Professor Martin Corley

Contact Email : hodpsych@ed.ac.uk

Closing Date : 29-Nov-2019


Job Details

Job title: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Psychology

School/Support Department: Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences

Unit : Psychology

Line manager: Prof Martin Corley

Job Purpose

The successful candidate will contribute distinguished teaching, research, public impact, and leadership a field of Psychology which fits well to the department’s research profile (broadly: developmental science; differential psychology; human cognitive neuroscience; language, cognition, and communication; social psychology), working closely with colleagues in Psychology and the School to contribute to the continuing development of Psychology as a centre of international excellence.

Main Responsibilities

  1. Take responsibility for design of course units and for their quality, and contribute generally to the development of teaching and enhancement of high-quality teaching in the subject area. Contribute to the teaching objectives of Psychology and the School by applying knowledge derived from research to teaching, supervising, and assessing at all levels, including undergraduate courses and Masters programmes. Teaching duties may include the delivery of lectures and small group tutorials and the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate projects and dissertations. This includes provision of high-quality assessment feedback in a timely fashion (Approx % of time 35%)

  2. Provide advice and support to students. This includes acting as a Personal Tutor for a set of students (Approx % of time 5%)

  3. Contribute to the research work of Psychology, by pursuing a clearly independent research programme. This should complement existing areas of research excellence within the subject area. The research should be at an international level that leads to regular publication and presentation of results and to successful applications for external funding. Recruit and supervise PhD students in the relevant area of research (Approx % of time 35%)

  4. Represent the work of the University in the field locally, nationally, and internationally in relevant networks and/or in public activities (Approx % of time 5%)

  5. Involve external partners in teaching through knowledge exchange, collaborative studentships, student projects, and by involving students in public engagement (Approx % of time 5%)

  6. Contribute to subject area planning and undertake further leadership and administrative duties, as specified by the Head of School or Head of Psychology (Approx % of time 15%)

Planning and Organising

• Take responsibility for own time management.

• Plan own research, use of resources, including applications for external funding.

• Prepare, organise, deliver, and assess relevant undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and meeting relevant deadlines. This includes providing training and guidance, where appropriate, for tutors on these courses.

• Supervise PhD students through timely and regular meetings.

• Plan relevant activities associated with the Personal Tutor role.

• Organise activities associated with any administrative role carried out on behalf of the subject area or School.

Problem Solving

• Solve problems relating to own research, including seeking out appropriate external resources.

• Respond to student feedback on teaching and assessment through changes in course design and course content as appropriate.

• Develop appropriate responses to problems or issues that arise in respect of administrative roles.

Decision Making

• Decide on own work patterns, and when key School contacts such as head of subject area or Head of School should be approached for support or advice.

• Decide on an appropriate research strategy and how best to implement this, including selecting appropriate means and output locations for publishing research findings and how best to seek out external funding.

• Decide on appropriate teaching material for courses at various levels and how best to present this material to students and how it is best assessed, in consultation with the teaching team.

• Decide on the best way to deal with student queries, including when to approach other key School contacts for further support.

Key Contacts/Relationships

UG and PG students; other teaching colleagues within the subject area; Head of Psychology; Professional Services staff across the School; other College/University representatives; Head of School; external contacts such as organizers of research conferences, representatives of learned societies or other professional organizations.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Lecturer (L); Additional Criteria for Senior Lecturer (SL)



E1. Extensive experience of original research in a relevant area of Psychology, supported by a relevant qualification (normally a PhD or equivalent). (L)



E2. A strong track record of first author and/or collaborative publications in high quality venues. (L)

E3. Evidence of experience in teaching, indicative of commitment to and potential for excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. (L)

E4. Evidence of recent, sustained and developing investigative research and publication activities, appropriate to career stage, meeting standards of international excellence. (L)

E5. Evidence of commitment to pursuing research funding from external sources. (L)

E6. A proven track record in teaching leadership, in curriculum development, indicative of excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and in the development of new courses/programmes at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. (SL)

E7. Evidence of the ability to supervise throughout the curricula from undergraduate dissertations to PhD dissertations inclusive. (SL)

E8. Evidence of research and publication activities meeting standards of world-leading excellence. (SL)

E9. A proven track record of applications for external research funding. (SL)


D1. A proven record of high impact publications in journals having international standing. (L)

D2. Evidence of having applied for external research funding. (L)

D3. Prior experience of course/curriculum design and development. (L)

D4. Evidence of engagement with Open Science principles (L)

Knowledge, Skills and Competencies


E9. Ability to communicate highly theoretical material to a diverse audience. A deep commitment to delivering engaging and effective teaching and supervision to students at all levels and from diverse backgrounds, using appropriate teaching methods. (L)

E10. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. (L)


D5. An interest in knowledge exchange and applications. (L)

D6. Evidence of experience of knowledge exchange and/or engagement with public bodies and stakeholders and the wider public. (SL)

D7. Evidence of experience of academic leadership and management. (SL)

Personal Attributes


E11. Ability to engage effectively with the wider academic and professional community. (L)

E12. Ability to work in a team to deliver teaching and learning objectives. (L)

E13. Ability to lead, motivate, and support others, with a particular focus on students and teaching teams. (L)


D8. Evidence of potential for academic leadership and management. (L)


This is a full time, opened ended position based in the central campus.

Job Context and any other relevant information

Further information on the department can be found on our web page – www.psy.ed.ac.uk

We particularly welcome applications from candidates belonging to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in Psychology, including but not limited to non-males and members of ethnic minorities.

Applicants should copy any cover letter into the online application portal and submit a CV and any other supporting material as a single pdf file. Applicants do not need to submit writing samples or letters of reference when applying. We will seek letters of reference for those shortlisted for interview unless specifically stated otherwise on the application form.

Short-listed candidates will be required to give a brief research presentation and a demonstration of teaching to the department during a two day recruitment process.

It is our intention to provide candidates’ CVs to members of the faculty attending these presentations unless an objection is received from the candidate.

Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of Psychology, Professor Martin Corley: hodpsych@ed.ac.uk.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

We anticipate interviews will be held 25th – 27th February 2020. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm (GMT) 29th November 2019.

Right to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on right to work please visit our right to work webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website


  • Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

Please note if you were last granted leave to stay in the UK in any Tier 2 category in the 12 months immediately preceding an application and the leave has

• ended or expired.

• the CoS which led to that grant of leave was issued for more than 3 months, and

• you are either:

o applying for entry clearance from outside the UK, or
o you are in the UK and had a previous period of Tier 2 leave, but then changed (‘switched’) into a different immigration category and now wishes to apply again under Tier 2.
You must wait 12 months before applying again.


Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE08/UE09 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.


The role is grade UE08/UE09 and attracts an annual salary of £41,526 to £49,553 (grade UE08) or £52,559 to £59,135 (grade UE09) or 35 hours, full time each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.


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