Lecturer in Psychology or Psychology Education

London (Greater) (GB)
£48,737 - £57,353 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
29 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
13 Oct 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type

Job description

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual at Lecturer level who can contribute excellent research-led teaching on the BSc Psychology programme at the Department of Psychology within the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London (KCL).  


These individuals will lead undergraduate modules within the core curriculum and/or areas of personal interest, as well as supervising undergraduate research projects as part of our highly successful BSc Psychology programme. 


Candidates must be able to demonstrate suitable teaching skills and experience including curriculum and assessment design, along with an ability to supervise student research, and to produce high quality research outputs. 


If appropriate, the appointments may initially be made on the Academic Education Pathway (primary contributions to education and scholarship). Candidates with a suitable research profile may be appointed to a balanced Education and Research contract. 


Candidates should be able to demonstrate suitable subject expertise to teach on a part of the BPS core curriculum. We particularly welcome interest from candidates qualified to offer projects and teach in one of the following areas: Research Methods; Cognitive Psychology; Biological Psychology; Social Psychology. 


About the Department of Psychology

Since the Department of Psychology was founded in 1950, it has carried on a distinguished programme of research, teaching and clinical practice, with a long-standing link with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. In 2004, the psychology sections of Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine merged with the Department, creating one of the world’s largest groupings of clinical and health psychologists. Today, Psychology is one of the largest departments in the IoPPN.  

The department offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. These include our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (the UK’s oldest training programme which helped to establish the scientist/practitioner model that is now almost universal in the field), our MSc in Health Psychology, and BSc programmes (BSc Psychology, BSc Neuroscience with Psychology, and Intercalated BSc in Psychology). In addition, we are internationally renowned for our wide range of clinical training programmes for mental health professionals including diplomas and certificates in CBT Psychosis, Family & Early Intervention, high intensity Adult IAPT training, CYP IAPT (Children & Young People) training and IAPT for Long Term Conditions/Medically Unexplained Symptoms. These courses are made possible by the expertise of the staff within the department and elsewhere within the IoPPN and our close ties with our NHS partners, the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and King’s College London NHS Foundation Trust. Many members of academic staff are qualified Clinical and Health Psychologists providing expert psychological services to our NHS partners as part of their work. 


The Department’s established excellence in applied and translational research includes a wide range of mental health disorders, including anxiety disorders, trauma, somatoform disorders, pain, psychosis, depression, antisocial personality, disorders in childhood and adolescence, emotion and personality, and neurodegeneration. In addition, a great deal of our work relates to physical health, including the interface between physical health and mental health and wellbeing, focusing on the development and evaluation of new psychological treatments and on understanding the mechanisms that maintain psychological distress. Our past work has informed many UK national treatment guidelines in mental and physical health.  


The breadth of research expertise has increased considerably in the last few years, with the recruitment of cognitive and social psychologists whose interests in fundamental psychological sciences intersect with and extend our existing profile in translational and applied research.  


Link to Department of Psychology webpage:   http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/depts/psychology/index.aspx 


This post will be offered on an indefinite contract   

This is a full-time post, although reduced and/or flexible hours working patterns may be possible.


Key responsibilities


  • Contribute to teaching, assessment and module leadership on modules that cover the BPS curriculum, and/or a specialist module in an area of their research expertise. 
  • Supervise a number of undergraduate research projects each year. 
  • Design appropriate educational materials using appropriate teaching, learning support, and assessment methods 
  • Contribute to pastoral support of students as a personal tutor. 
  • Contribute to the supervision of doctoral students (PhD or DClinPsy students, as appropriate), and support studentship applications. 
  • Undertake or update professional skills as appropriate and relevant in support of teaching excellence 


  • Undertake nationally leading research, in an area of Psychology or Higher Education, that complements the work of the wider Department.  
  • Develop a consistently high-level output of publications and presentations  
  • Develop competitive applications to external funding partners to support both individual or collaborative research.  
  • Develop their personal research through collaboration with colleagues across the Department and wider Faculty. 

Additional responsibilities: 

  • Sit on appropriate departmental and faculty committees, as required, and contribute to the academic community  

  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Line Manager and/or Head of Department. 

  • Support the Department and Faculty/College leadership in fostering a stimulating, innovative & inclusive culture and environment across the College enabling all students and staff to thrive and develop. 

  • Demonstrate a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, actively addressing areas of potential bias 

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

Role Specific Requirements

•         Ability to contribute to the Department’s teaching and research strategy 

•         Effective balance and management of workloads in research and teaching 

•         Commitment to ensuring that colleagues, students feel supported and valued, contributing to a cooperative team ethos 

•         Commitment to continuing professional development and partnership working  

•         Understanding of, and commitment to upholding, principles of equality and diversity 


Essential criteria

1.       First degree in Psychology or related subject 

2.       PhD in Psychology or related area  

3.       Experience of designing and delivering excellent teaching and assessment for Undergraduate students, in person and online 

4.       Ability to supervise undergraduate research projects.

5.       Understanding of the UK Higher Education environment

6.       Skills in research design, quantitative and/or qualitative research methods relevant for field 

7.       Ability to produce internationally excellent scientific outputs 

8.       Developing research record with evidence of potential to secure external funding  

9.       Peer reviewed publications as a key contributor 


Desirable criteria

1.       Fellow (or higher) of the Higher Education Academy (or equivalent)

2.       Ability to disseminate work beyond academia 

3.       Experience of providing pastoral support and guidance to undergraduate students 


Further information

Responsible to: Programme Director & Head of Department  

Responsible for: Research team and students 

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