Head of the Department of Psychology

Durham (GB)
04 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
05 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Durham University
Appointment of Head of the Department of Psychology

Durham University pursues academic excellence and has a long history of first-class education and research. It combines world-leading innovative research with a strong and rich cultural heritage. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s top universities, Durham provides a unique environment for both staff and students within a distinctive collegiate environment.

One of the top ten Psychology departments in the UK, the Department of Psychology at Durham boasts strong profiles in both teaching and research. It is consistently ranked as one of the best Psychology departments for employability. Moreover, 77% of its research is recognised as internationally excellent or world leading (according to REF 2014).

Over the next ten years the University plans to invest heavily in the Department.  Up to twelve new positions (funded by projected student number growth) are planned in areas including affective, behavioural, cognitive, developmental, industrial, organisational, and social psychology.  These positions will help Durham build a more broadly based Department of Psychology and will help the University achieve its goal of building critical mass in quantitative social science. 

Critical to the success of this plan is the appointment of a distinguished psychologist to take up the role as Head of Department.  They will take forward both agendas and oversee the building of new undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes in these domains.

The successful candidate will have an established world-leading record of significant and influential research, with a preference for those working within quantitative areas of psychology or those using a social science approach to psychology. S/he must also have demonstrable experience leading and managing research to improve capacity and performance. The new Head will also have the profile and confidence to represent the Department to potential and international research partners and to all public and private other bodies that may require psychological expertise.

The Department of Psychology is committed to gender equality and minimising barriers to progression for excellent women scientists and are delighted to hold an Athena SWAN Silver department award. As such the Department actively encourages the application of women for all its positions.

The successful candidate will receive an internationally competitive compensation package, including pension, relocation allowances and start-up costs, with a salary by negotiation on a Professorial scale that begins at £83k and goes significantly higher.

Further information including details of how to apply can be downloaded www.perrettlaver.com/candidates quoting the reference number 2677. The deadline for applications is Monday 5th December at 12noon (GMT).