Lecturer in Psychology

Maynooth (IE)
24 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Maynooth University
Ollscoil Mhá Nuad

Maynooth University (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) is the fastest growing university in Ireland with over 10,000 students and outstanding research and scholarship in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. The university is now entering a new and exciting phase of its development, with a new strategic plan centred on further enhancing our academic programmes, providing a distinctive student experience of the highest quality, focusing our research activities on a small number of priority themes, and further internationalising the university. To support this development, the university is seeking to recruit outstanding academics, with a strong track record of research and teaching, to the following position:

Department of Psychology
Lecturer in Psychology x3

The Department of Psychology currently has eleven full-time academic staff members. The Department offers undergraduate programmes in psychology accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland, as part of the Science (BSc) and the Arts (BA, BA International in Psychology) degrees of the University. Further, the Department offers a joint major BA degree programme in Psychological Studies, structured PhD and MSc research degrees and a taught Doctorate in Psychological Science (Behaviour Analysis and Therapy).

The Department has a strong reputation for the quality of both its teaching and research. Particular research strengths exist in the department in two broad areas: Biological Psychology (currently articulated in the Bio-behavioural Processes, Cognition and Neuroscience departmental research stream) and Health Psychology (currently articulated in the Health, Mental Health and Community Psychology departmental research stream). Departmental research in these areas is unified by the common goal of deploying contemporary and cutting-edge psychological approaches to key issues in Human Health and well-being. Research in Health Psychology includes the study of assistive technology, social inclusion and global health; psychological aspects and community context of health and health care incorporating child and adult mental health and mental health service evaluation (as undertaken by the Mental Health and Social Research Unit;; psychosocial and functional aspects of chronic illness, disability, and rehabilitation; lifestyle interventions to promote healthy ageing; and the utilisation of applied behaviour analysis in different settings.

Departmental expertise in the area of Biological Psychology includes research approaches for the study of sleep and circadian rhythms in both preclinical models and human populations, neurocognitive and behavioural processes in spatial memory, language representation in the brain, electrophysiological correlates of higher processing in visually-based tasks, and experimental psychopathology.

The Department of Psychology has extensive research facilities and infrastructure which support its research mission. These include high density EEG facilities, animal behaviour laboratories, neuroscience in vitro and biological assay facilities, psycho-physiology laboratories equipped for tDCS, TMS, EEG, EKG, GSR, respiratory polygraph and eye tracking, as well as a suite of research carrels and supporting IT infrastructure.

The Role

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued.

We are seeking three excellent academics to join our staff as Lecturers in Psychology. The people appointed will have proven records of teaching, research and publication, appropriate to career stage. Alignment of research interests with existing departmental strengths in Health and Biological Psychology is strongly desirable. Appointees will be expected to make a strong contribution to the teaching programme of the Department and undertake teaching duties on the Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as the supervision of Master’s and PhD students.

The appointees will be expected to build a strong research profile, that supports the University’s research strategy including affiliating to the Research Institutes, where appropriate and working with colleagues on national and international research. The appointees will be expected to sustain and conduct research, engage in scholarship of quality and substance and generate publications of international standard. 

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