Assistant Professor in Psychology

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
06 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Jul 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs – so employers get work-ready industry-fit graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

We have an established set of values that help us to nurture innovation and leadership, and show our commitment to continuous improvement and development in all our activities.

For full details on our University please view our Careers at Heriot-Watt http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers-at-heriot-watt.htm

About our Team

Psychology at Heriot-Watt University has expanded strongly in the last decade. We offer a number of Bachelor programmes and Master’s programmes. Current research in Psychology focuses on the following areas: work, society and environment; lifespan health and wellbeing; and brain, cognition and behaviour. Much of our research is applied in nature, and takes place in collaboration with industry, the NHS or charities. The Department offers undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes, and we currently have a vacancy for someone with a passion for teaching, and who has research interests that complement those of existing staff members. We invite applicants interested in joining one of four departments within the School of Social Sciences comprising over 150 academic staff and more than 5,000 students based at our three campus locations in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia.

Detailed Description

Based at the Edinburgh campus, you will be a member of a strong academic teaching and research staff team. You will liaise closely with colleagues at our Dubai and Malaysia campuses, who will also be delivering programmes to our students.   

Applicants with specialisms in any field of Psychology may apply, and appointments may be made on one of two bases:  

  1. Teaching & Research post-holders will engage in teaching activities (approximately 40%), research (approximately 40%) and carry out one or more administrative duties (approximately 20%).
  2. Teaching & Scholarship post-holders will engage in teaching (approximately 70%), scholarship activities (approximately 10%) and carry out one or more administrative duties (approximately 20%).    

You will have a demonstrable commitment to teaching (and where appropriate, research), along with strong academic credibility and experience of one or more administrative roles. Experience of close collaborative working with other academics and professionals along with highly-developed emotional intelligence, and personal resilience are all essential for this post. The expectation is that appointees to a Teaching & Research post will maintain publication and grant securing activity at a level and standard that equates to at least 3* in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The expectation is that Teaching & Scholarship post-holders will have a flexible approach to teaching across a range of different areas within Psychology.        

Key duties and responsibilities

The post-holder is required to:

  • Undertake personal research/scholarship activities as per contract (complementing and building on existing Departmental interests and taking advantage of its interdisciplinary nature) and produce publications of high quality in high impact journals.
  • Further disseminate research/scholarship outputs using an appropriate range of media including external reports, conference presentations and short courses for knowledge transfer;
  • Where appropriate, lead bids and tenders for externally-funded research projects or contracts, thereby generating significant grant income.
  • Engage with existing research activity and be involved in the development and leadership of further research groups.
  • Promote more generally the research culture and activities of the Department and University through collaborative work across the academic sector.
  • Undertake MSc and PhD supervision 
  • Act as Personal Tutor to undergraduate students.
  • Contribute to the management and administration of departmental activities.  

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post.  Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.          

Education, qualifications and experience

Essential Criteria

  • PhD in an appropriate subject
  • Teaching and assessment experience within a higher education context
  • Track record of internationally high profile and high impact research in a relevant discipline*
  • Publications in major international journals*
  • Good, lucid, clear communicator
  • Good presentation skills
  • Able to articulate complex topics effectively
  • Able to demonstrate initiative in research/scholarship
  • Demonstrates evidence of willingness to be involved in collaborative research/scholarship activities

For appointments to Teaching & Research post  

Desirable Criteria

  • Has acquired background knowledge of the University and the School
  • Experience of post-graduate teaching
  • Experience of research supervision
  • Track record of sustained and significant research funding
  • Evidence of recently winning research funding
  • Relevant teaching qualification
  • Experience of developing course materials

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 8 August 2018.

Interviews will take place during the middle/end of August 2018.

For further information and an informal discussion please contact Dr Sue Cowan (S.Cowan@hw.ac.uk

Appointments may be made at: Assistant Professor: Grade 7 (£31,604 - £38,833) or Grade 8 (£39,991 - £47,722) dependent on experience and qualifications.

At Heriot-Watt University we understand that being diverse makes us better which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment.

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.

Use our total rewards calculator: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/total-rewards-calculator.htm to see the value of benefits provided by Heriot-Watt University.