Full Professor of Affective, Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
31 Mar 2021
€120,273 to €154,522 or £103,915.87 to £133,507.01 (converted salary*) per annum
University College Dublin,Ireland

Job Details

The (full) Professor of Affective, Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience will provide academic leadership within the UCD School of Psychology, in active collaboration with colleagues in this School, in the other schools of the UCD College of Social Sciences and Law and throughout the University. Reporting to the Head of School, the Professor of Affective, Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience will exercise a national and international role on behalf of UCD in research and scholarship, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and academic administration, management and professional organisation in the academic areas of Affective, Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology. The School is committed to research led education, so the candidate will be expected to conduct research that supports high-quality teaching in their field, and to lead innovations in both research and teaching directions. The post-holder will be expected to assume high-level management/administrative responsibilities within the School.

Person Criteria


  • An undergraduate degree in psychology and a PhD in psychology/cognate discipline.
  • An international reputation based on the growing influence of high-impact publications and evidence of significant international leadership in the discipline of Affective, Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • Evidence of a growing international reputation as a leader in the discipline of Affective, Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience through election to key positions on national and international bodies and societies; lectures at international conferences and events; membership of government or international advisory bodies; contribution at a senior level to one or more professional bodies in the area.
  • Demonstration of high-quality management, leadership and administration within a University, as evidenced through successful performance in positions such as Principal, Head of School, Head of Major Research Institute, Degree Programme Director, Chair of University/College Committee, etc.
  • A demonstrated commitment to and experience of senior engagement in creating and promoting an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, and everyone is afforded equality of opportunity.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and foster a culture of inquiry, collegiality and creativity.
  • A significant body of invitations to serve as referee or adjudicator by major national and international competitive grant-awarding or scholarships.
  • Invitations to serve as external examiner and/or Visiting Professor in reputable higher education national /international institutions, or as a visiting academic in government departments or agencies.
  • Record of outstanding recruitment, supervision, support through to successful completion and placement of graduate research students.
  • Outstanding performance as a teacher/lecturer with excellent leadership and innovation in teaching and learning initiatives at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Evidence of distinguished subsequent achievement by graduates resulting from learning outcomes achieved while students, including those undertaking both taught and research programmes.
  •  Making a substantial contribution to intellectual and cultural, life and society at institutional, regional, national or international level.
  • Willingness to assume the role of Head of School, which is a rotating position subject to nomination & in accordance with University Regulations.


  • Active involvement in University/College/School Committees and Governance.
  • Experience of organising, hosting and chairing world respected academic and professional conferences.
  • Creation and/or leadership of substantial, multi-institutional or collaborative teaching/training facilities/programmes.
  • Sustained, successful innovations in curriculum design, delivery, media and/or content, recognised as making a major contribution to the subject or discipline.
  • Evidence of successful research funding initiatives, or other contribution to University income.
  • Senior editorial positions in high-impact, internationally refereed academic and professional journals/publications.
  • Development of new, market leading programmes of study, including Continuing Professional Development (CDP), Lifelong Learning and Distance Learning.
  • Sustained high-quality contribution to the scholarship of teaching and learning and/or pedagogic innovation in their discipline.
  • Able to articulate potential collaboration with the School’s other two research themes (Psychological Health, Wellbeing and Resilience; Group Processes and Social Inclusion).

How to Apply


Contact Details

Suzanne Guerin (Professor, Head of School): suzanne.guerin@ucd.ie