Lecturer in Psychology

University of York Department of Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology

Based at:University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work:Full-time
Contract status:Open
Salary:40,927 - 50,296 a year
Interview Date:To be confirmed
Posted Date:01/10/2021
Apply by:07/11/2021
Job Reference:9852

Role Description

The Department of Psychology is seeking to appoint up to four ambitious research-driven scientists at Lecturer level. Applicants should be developing a reputation in their field, with recent high-quality publications that address major questions, and have clear potential to attract external grant funding. Recruitment will be broad in scope, but with the aim of bringing in individuals who both complement and extend the Department’s current research and teaching strengths.

Psychology at York is one of the UK’s leading psychology departments and has been placed among the World’s top 100 departments of psychology in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings every year since 2013. In the most recent nationwide assessment of research quality (REF 2014) Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the University of York was ranked fourth for overall performance and second for the quality of research papers, with 95% being classified as world-leading or internationally excellent. We are also committed to ensuring that all members of staff achieve their full potential in a supportive, friendly, flexible and responsive work environment: In 2007 we received the first Athena SWAN Silver Award for a psychology department and in 2019 we received Gold.

We are a large and vibrant Department with a strong community atmosphere and a nurturing learning environment. There are currently 45 members of academic staff, supported by excellent technical and administrative staff. We have approximately 750 undergraduates, 70 MSc students, 40 PhD students, and 25 postdoctoral fellows. We offer a 3-year BSc and a 4-year MSci (with pathways in clinical psychology, developmental disorders, and neuroscience) and three taught MSc programmes: Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Develop, Disorders and Clinical Practice. The high quality of our teaching and support for students has been endorsed by the British Psychological Society and is reflected in positive ratings from students (e.g., in 2020, the department was 1st in the Russell Group for overall satisfaction on the NSS).

We have a broad range of interests spanning high-level cognitive acts such as communication, language and memory to low level visual and auditory perception, with understanding of basic mechanisms, changes over the lifespan, cross-cultural and individuals differences as key cross-cutting themes (https://www.york.ac.uk/psychology/research/, http://www.york.ac.uk/psychology/staff). Our modern purpose-built building houses specialised laboratories for research on vision, olfaction, sleep, speech and hearing, memory, language processing, child development, and experimental social psychology using state-of-the-art behavioural and electrophysiological methods. The York Neuroimaging Centre is also part of the Department (http://www.ynic.york.ac.uk/), located a short walk away, with TMS, MRI and MEG facilities. Many of our staff carry out interdisciplinary research. Our belief is that when different disciplines interact and views are allowed to conflict, that this can promote highly original and creative output. We welcome candidates who share these values.


Candidates would be expected to develop research objectives, projects, outputs and funding proposals and carry out individual or collaborative research projects relating to their area of research. Candidates would also be expected to be dedicated teachers of higher education and contribute to the design and delivery of our undergraduate and/or masters programmes, alongside making an important contribution to the running of the Department through administrative responsibilities.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Candidates should have a PhD in Psychology (or a relevant discipline) and have completed (or be willing to complete) a postgraduate certificate in academic practice.
  • Candidates should have specialist subject knowledge that will complement and enhance the department’s research strategy and goals, including in relevant research techniques and methods
  • Candidates should have the ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals and produce high quality research outputs.
  • Candidates should also have the ability to design and deliver teaching material across a range of modules or within a subject area, as well as supervise the work of others.

For the full list of essential and desirable criteria, please see the Job Description.

For informal enquiries: Informal enquiries can be directed to Professor Tim Andrews (Head of Department, timothy.andrews@york.ac.uk) or Dr Lisa Henderson (Deputy Head of Department, lisa-marie.henderson@york.ac.uk)

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork