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Lecturer in Psychology and/or Neuroscience

London (Greater) (GB)
£51,974 - £61,021 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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About us

The IoPPN is a Faculty of King's College London and the largest academic community in Europe devoted to the study and prevention of mental illness and brain disease.  It produces more highly cited outputs (top 1% citations) on psychiatry and mental health than any other centre (SciVal 2021), and on this metric has risen from 16th (2014) to 4th (2021) in the world for highly cited neuroscience outputs. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 90% of research at the IoPPN was deemed ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3\* and 4\*). The IoPPN's greatest strength is the interdisciplinary nature of both its research strategy and educational activities, providing unique opportunities for students and staff.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for two Lecturers to join the newly established BSc in Neuroscience and Psychology and become part of a thriving academic community at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. The IoPPN currently runs two very successful BSc programmes in Psychology and in Neuroscience and Psychology, both accredited by the British Psychological Society.

We are seeking enthusiastic and dedicated colleagues who can make a distinctive contribution to research-led education. You should have excellent teaching and communication skills, be able to inspire and inform students, and be committed to excellence in student experience.

We are particularly interested in recruiting colleagues with a background in Psychology and Neuroscience who have developed expertise in theoretical/computational neuroscience, computational psychiatry, cognitive/systems/clinical neuroscience or developmental/individual differences psychology.

The post-holders will play a role in the development and delivery of an innovative curriculum that spans and integrates Neuroscience and Psychology. A key focus of the programme is to equip our UG students with the knowledge and skills, including coding, required for the transparent and reproducible application of quantitative data analysis in neuroscience and psychology.

The posts will sit within the Department of Neuroimaging at the Denmark Hill campus at the IoPPN and the postholders will be working closely with colleagues across other Departments, including the Department of Psychology. King’s also welcomes hybrid working, and many academic staff choose to work from home for up to three days a week when not required to be on campus for teaching or other meetings.

The appointment will be made at Lecturer level either on the Education (60%) & Research (40%) (E&R) or on the Academic Education Pathway (AEP). In the E&R pathway, the postholder is 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. In the AEP the primary contribution is to education (80% of role) and secondary contribution to scholarship which is primarily education-focused (20%). The AEP contract is focused on the delivery of education, education-related scholarship, and leadership in education. The following expectations are associated with the AEP: teaching, supervision, student support, educational leadership and innovation, education-related research and administration. Promotion is possible throughout the Academic Education Pathway, up to the level of Professor (Education).

Both posts will be offered on a full-time (35 hours per week), indefinite contracts.

About you

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

  1. First degree in Psychology (2:1 or above) and PhD in Psychology or Neuroscience.
  2. Expertise in one or more of the key areas: theoretical/computational neuroscience; computational psychiatry; cognitive/systems/clinical neuroscience; developmental/individual differences psychology.
  3. Track record and commitment to innovation in teaching and assessment, and experience in delivering high quality UG research-led education in multiple settings and formats, including lecture, small group, digital and/or blended learning. 
  4. Experience in supervision of final year UG projects and in the support and guidance of UG students.
  5. A track record of publications including publications meeting the Research Excellence Framework (REF) standard of 3* or higher. 
  6. Experience in writing competitive funding applications to a range of research organisations or to support education focused research. 
  7. Evidence of excellent student feedback on teaching and supervision.
  8. Demonstrable (e.g. by publication record) experience in using quantitative data analysis methods, current transparent research practices, programming for data analysis and simulation (primarily in MATLAB, Python and R). 

Desirable criteria

  1. Higher Education teaching qualification (e.g. PGCAPHE).
  2. Being a team player able to engage actively with students and colleagues and contribute to the management and administration of the programme.

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

Further information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers will review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

We are able to offer sponsorship for candidates who do not currently possess the right to work in the UK.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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