Lecturer in Neuroscience and/or Psychology

Location
London (Greater) (GB)
Salary
£46,934 - £55,299 per annum inclusive of London Weighting Allowance per annum
Posted
13 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
11 Jul 2022
Ref
045008
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Job description

This post provides an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team and contribute to the newly launched BSc in Neuroscience and Psychology at King’s College London. 

 

The post-holder will play a critical role in the development and delivery of an innovative curriculum to teach our UG students topics and methods in cognitive/systems/computational neuroscience.  The post-holder is expected to be familiar with the BPS curriculum, and be an enthusiastic educator committed to developing, implementing and evaluating innovative teaching and assessment methods, enhancing student experience to the highest level. As a member of the core teaching team, the post holder will also make substantial contributions to the management and administration of the programme, and the provision of research projects to final year students.

The initial appointment can be made on a Research & Education or an Education only contract. If the postholder is appointed on a Research & Education contract, they are expected to demonstrate engagement in high-quality research activity and a developing research profile, as evidenced by a track record of publications including publications meeting a Research Excellence Framework (REF) standard of 3* or higher, a clear publication plan, and/or previous success in research funding applications. They are also expected to demonstrate a clear research agenda and plan for future grants. If the postholder is appointed on an Education only contract, they are expected to demonstrate a track record of and commitment to innovation in the teaching of cognitive/systems/computational neuroscience to UG students in psychology and/or neuroscience. 

 

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract. 

This is a full-time  post - 100% full time equivalent

 

Key responsibilities

Research and education pathway: 

 

Education:

 

•         Contribute at least 60% FTE to education related activities (teaching, supervision, education leadership and innovation, and administration, as reviewed and agreed annually)  

•         Contribute to curriculum development and module leadership in the teaching of topics and methods in cognitive/systems/computational neuroscience 

•         Work closely with the core team to run all aspects of the programme 

•         Contribute to high-quality research-led undergraduate teaching achieving favourable student feedback

•         Offer and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation projects 

•         Contribute to the development and integration of innovative digital education and effective assessment strategies  

•         Act as a Personal Tutor to students on the BSc Neuroscience and Psychology programme

•         Engage with the student body to ensure a high standard of student satisfaction 

•         Show commitment to improving teaching methods and taking on more complex education related roles

•         Provide input into programme admissions, open and taster days, assessment and other aspects of educational activity as reasonably requested by the programme director

 

Research

•         Develop research collaborations within King’s to support the faculty research strategy  

•         Build sufficient grant income to maintain a research group with 1-2 regular research workers  

•         Publish research of ‘internationally excellent’ quality journals (i.e. in the top 10%ile of the field)  

•         Provide PhD research supervision  

•         Have a clear forward plan for sustaining/enhancing a research programme, preferably in the areas of cognitive/systems/computational neuroscience, using functional neuroimaging and/or electrophysiology, consistent with the University’s                            research strategy 

 

Academic citizenship, management and leadership:

•         Recruit, mentor and manage grant funded research staff, within agreed frameworks and procedures

•         Display tangible acts of academic citizenship, e.g. organisation of departmental/divisional seminars

•         Ensure adherence to College and externally agreed frameworks and procedures, e.g. research concordat

•         Work with colleagues on joint projects and lead teams as required

•         Enable a diverse and inclusive work and education environment in line with the Faculty’s policies

 

Professional Activities:

•         Act as referee and contribute to peer assessment and mentor training sessions 

•         Attend and participate in appropriate seminars/conferences with subject related areas 

•         Actively develop external networks, in particular liaising with external professional bodies/agencies 

•         Participate in professional development activities where appropriate 

•         Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Director of BSc Neuroscience and Psychology and/or Head of Department 

 

Academic Education pathway:

 

Education:

•         Contribute 80% FTE to education related activities (teaching, supervision, education leadership and innovation, and administration, as reviewed and agreed annually)  

•         Contribute to curriculum development and module leadership in the teaching of topics and methods in cognitive/systems/computational neuroscience.  

•         Work closely with the core team to run all aspects of the programme 

•         Contribute to high-quality research-led undergraduate teaching achieving favourable student feedback

•         Offer and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation projects 

•         Contribute to the development and integration of innovative digital education and effective assessment strategies  

•         Act as a Personal Tutor to students on the BSc Neuroscience and Psychology programme

•         Engage with the student body to ensure a high standard of student satisfaction 

•         Show commitment to improving teaching methods and taking on more complex education related roles

•         Provide input into programme admissions, open and taster days, assessment and other aspects of educational activity as reasonably requested by the programme director

 

Education Research, Scholarship, Knowledge Exchange and Impact:

•         Contribute 20% FTE to education-focused research and PG research supervision e.g. on innovation in the teaching of cognitive/systems/computational neuroscience to UG students in psychology and/or neuroscience. 

•         Dissemination of teaching innovations and initiatives.  

•         Reflective practice and communication of educational scholarship, through peer engagement, publications or conferences. 

 

Academic citizenship, management and leadership:

•         Adhere to Faculty and College guidelines and regulations, implementing new requirements as they arise, and incorporating best practice from the wider Higher Education sector 

•         Perform academic and administrative duties to a high standard (module leadership, admissions, marketing, examinations) 

•         Provide leadership and management of Teaching Fellows/Graduate Teaching Assistants 

•         Work with colleagues on joint projects and lead teams as required 

•         Enable a diverse and inclusive work and education environment in line with the Faculty’s policies 

 

Professional Activities:

•         Act as referee and contribute to peer assessment and mentor training sessions 

•         Attend and participate in appropriate seminars/conferences in subject related areas 

•         Actively develop external networks, in particular liaising with external professional bodies/agencies 

•         Participate in professional development activities where appropriate 

•         Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Director of BSc Neuroscience and Psychology and/or Head of Department

 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria  

  1. First degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or related subject (2:1 or above) 
  2. PhD in Psychology/Cognitive/Systems/Computational Neuroscience  
  3. Expertise in advanced data analysis methods as applied in cognitive/systems/computational neuroscience, statistics, quantitative modelling, and programming (preferably using R, Matlab and Python), and current transparent research practises 
  4. Excellent knowledge of a research area in Cognitive/Systems/Computational neuroscience to develop content and supervise undergraduate student projects  
  5. Track record and commitment to innovation in teaching and assessment 
  6. Experience in delivering excellent quality teaching in cognitive/systems/computational neuroscience & related methods in multiple settings and formats, including lecture, small group, digital and/or blended learning to UG students in Psychology and/or neuroscience 
  7. Experience in supervision, support and guidance of UG students 
  8. A track record of publications including publications meeting the Research Excellence Framework (REF) standard of 3* or higher 
  9. Experience in writing competitive funding applications to a range of research organisations (Research & Education pathway) or to support education focused research (Education pathway) 
  10. Excellent student feedback on teaching and supervision 
  11. Evidence of high self-motivation and ability to organise, plan and prioritise own work load 
  12. Being a team player able to engage actively with students and colleagues and contribute to the management and administration of the programme 

Desirable criteria

1.       Higher Education teaching qualification (e.g. PGCAPHE or PGCHE) 

2.        A demonstrable understanding of, and commitment to working within, principles of equality and diversity 

Further information

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.

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