Assistant Professor in Psychotherapy

Dublin, Ireland
29 May 2020
End of advertisement period
12 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Nursing, Psychotherapy & Community Health
Dublin City University

  • 3 Year Fixed Term Contract

Dublin City University (www.dcu.ie) is a research-intensive, globally-engaged, dynamic institution that is distinguished both by the quality and impact of its graduates and by its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit. Through its mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation, DCU acts as an agent of social, cultural and economic progress. DCU is Ireland’s fastest growing university, and now hosts more than 17,000 students across its three academic campuses: DCU Glasnevin Campus, DCU St Patrick’s Campus and DCU All Hallows campus.

School of Nursing, Psychotherapy & Community Health

The School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health at DCU is a leader in its field with expertise in the provision of programmes in Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community health.

The programmes currently offered are:

  • BSc in Nursing across four disciplinary areas: General Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Children’s and General Nursing, and Intellectual Disabilities Nursing;
  • MSc in Psychotherapy;
  • Doctorate in Psychotherapy;
  • Post-registration Programme in Children’s Nursing;
  • MSc in Nursing/Healthcare Practice;
  • BSc in Health and Society, Certificate in Homelessness Prevention & Intervention;
  • Stand-alone professional development modules for healthcare and other practitioners;
  • Sexuality Studies.

Role Profile

The School is now seeking to recruit an Assistant Professor in Psychotherapy on the basis of a three year fixed term contract. The appointee will be expected to contribute to teaching, curriculum development, research, and administrative activities in the School, across all levels. The appointee will also be expected to contribute directly to degree programmes through research-led teaching, student mentoring and supervision of student projects.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities attaching to this post include, but are not limited to:


The appointee will teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in the School, primarily in the field of Psychotherapy. The total teaching hours will be determined by the Head of School in conjunction with the Psychotherapy Academic Lead. The appointee will participate in student mentoring and tutoring and will prepare, deliver and assess a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition, he or she will supervise final-year Bachelors and/or Masters level research projects and undergraduate placements. Participation in the development of new modules and degree programmes, including postgraduate teaching to MSc and PhD students across a range of disciplines, is also a key part of this role.


The appointee will be expected to establish an independently-funded collaborative research programme. This programme should align with the Research and Innovation constituent strategy of the DCU Strategic Plan and should foster collaboration(s) both within and beyond the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health. Research should also be aligned with national and local nursing and healthcare priorities, and relevant national and EU priority areas.

Service and Contribution to University & Society

The appointee will undertake administrative functions related to the activities of the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health and Faculty of Science and Health. Such duties will be defined by the Head of School in conjunction with the Psychotherapy Academic Lead and may include: programme co-ordination; participation in University committees; engagement with the Healthy Living Centre; representation of the School in marketing to and recruitment of students; participation in open days; organisation of conferences and seminars, etc.

Candidate Requirements

  • Honours degree and preferably a PhD or Doctoral level qualification in psychotherapy or a related discipline
  • Fully qualified accredited Psychotherapist with experience of delivering clinical supervision
  • Eligible for registration with a national Psychotherapy Association
  • A minimum of three years’ relevant research experience with a record of high quality university-level teaching in psychotherapy or a related discipline
  • Strong clinical skills
  • Experience of research student supervision
  • A record of original research backed-up by publications in top international journals or, based on career stage, show exceptional promise in this regard
  • Has an active commitment to securing external research funding

Mandatory Training

The appointee will be required to undertake the following mandatory compliance training: GDPR; Orientation, and Compliance. Other training may need to be undertaken when required.