Lectureship in Social Psychology and Social Cognitive Neuroscience - University of Birmingham

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
16 Jul 2019
£40,792 to £48,677 per annum, with potential progression once in post to £54,765 a year
University of Birmingham

Position Details

Full time
Grade 8
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £40,792 to £48,677. With potential progression once in post to £54,765 a year.
Closing: 16 July 2019


Due to staff movement, we now have a gap in expertise in relation to the core (BPS accredited) areas of our undergraduate programme, specifically within the area of Social Psychology. 


Summary of Role

The Successful candidate will contribute to teaching across both Psychology undergraduate programme, through teaching and research focussed on the field of Social Psychology.  They will deliver relevant lectures, workshops and seminars, mark formative and summative assessments (e.g., projects and essays), and contribute to teaching related administration.  The successful candidate will have teaching/research interests in Social Psychology and have experience at teaching and assessment at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The role will contribute to the whole range of teaching and administration.

Teaching is likely to include a substantial contribution to: a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching and assessment at all levels; and b) enhancement of the student experience or employability.  The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including: a) providing expert advice to staff and students, and b) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.

Teaching focussed role-holders should advance the practice of teaching in their modules within the School, take a role in leading curriculum development, and play an important role in student academic support.  They should also deliver excellent teaching and that inspires students, and is informed by discipline-based research.

Management and administration is likely to involve contributions at departmental and school levels, and/or making an important contribution to some managerial/leadership (e.g., working groups) within the University.  This may include developing and making substantial contributions to public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach, or similar activates at department/School level or further within the University.

Main Duties / Responsibilities

Teaching focussed Lecturer role-holders will:

  • Contribute to leading curriculum development and/or renewal; and

  • Develop and manage approaches to teaching and learning that are innovative to the subject area orInstitution; and

  • Advise others on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment; and

  • Deliver (where appropriate to the discipline) specific professional programmes; and

  • Advance the practice of teaching in their modules and within the school, and play an important role in student academic support; and

  • Inform their teaching practice by discipline based research; and

  • Frequently update their own subject expertise, and undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning process; and

  • Typically carry a higher teaching load than those staff who carry out both teaching and research; and

  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer (e.g., public engagement).

In addition they may play an important role in the recruitment and admissions of student and potentially supervise students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Learning and teaching

To use a variety of methods teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students.  Where appropriate to the discipline this may include: 

  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels

  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and acting as a mentor to encourage others to do the same.

  • Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the department or school, as appropriate.

  • Where appropriate, undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work contributing to the final award – as a mark or as credit – such as unseen examinations, essay, dissertations or presentations).

  • Use appreciate approaches to learning and teaching in their filed

  • Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media

  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods

  • Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work

  • Develop and make substantial contributions to public engagement and/or similar own specialisms that enhance the student experience or employability and is of manifest benefit to the College and the University. 

Management /administration

To contribute to departmental/School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others.  This may include:

  • Contribute to the administration/management of teaching across the department/School

  • Lead and manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g., new programme or a recruitment drive).

  • Advise on personal development colleagues and students

  • Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels working groups)

  • Manage public engagement activities that are manifest benefit to the College and University

  • Develop and make substantial contributions to public engagement, widening participation and School outreach.  

Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the discipline area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications

  • Extensive research teaching experience and scholarship within Social Psychology

  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning

  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring other successfully at all levels


  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes.

  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching and advising colleagues

  • Experience and achievement in public engagement and widening participation activities, and similar activities that enhance the student experience or employability 

Management and administration 

  • Ability to contribute to School/Department management processes

  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively

  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

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