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We are currently seeking to appoint up to FOUR outstanding individuals at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor level who can complement and extend our research and impact strengths, and provide engaging teaching. We seek applicants in the following areas to strengthen and link our current internationally competitive research themes.

  1. Social Psychology & Environmental Psychology
  2. Neuroscience (including computational neuroscience and behavioural neuroscience).
  3. Health Psychology & Human Development (including dementia and developmental imaging)
  4. Cognitive Science

Please click here for the application and job pack.

Start date: We suggest the best start date will be within September 2017. We can consider other start dates (such as in 2018) and will be flexible if our commitments allow. 

Interview dates: Week commencing 30th January 2017.

Start-up packages

All new academics benefit from reduced teaching and administration for the first year, during which the allocated load will be less than half that of a standard teaching and admin load. For example, a typical initial load might be one set of 5 lectures, weekly tutorials for two groups of students in either Autumn or Spring semesters, supervision of 3 final year projects, and contribution to one School committee.

All new permanent academics will be able to recruit a School-funded PhD student, subject to receiving applicants of a suitably high ability (if not, the PhD project can be offered again the following year). We encourage collaborative supervision teams and will support the project with second supervision from a colleague with suitable experience.

All new academics can also expect School contribution to support a smooth transition of their research, which can be used flexibly to suit need and level. For example, funds could be split between equipment costs, on-going research costs and employing a research assistant.

Tips for the application

Cover letter: The best cover letters are not too long (i.e. about 1 page, not 2 or 3), and provide clear evidence and explantions to directly address particular aspects of the job criteria that are not obviously covered by the CV. 

Career breaks. It is very helpful when CVs include a clear statement providing years worked in academia since PhD, so that we can make sure we take into account career breaks, parental leave or other kinds of break when assessing productivity and experience in different domains. For example, if you gained your PhD in November 2006, and since then have had 18 months worth of parental leave, you could provide a statement that ‘Effective years since PhD = 8.5'.  It is also helpful to have a clear statement of proportion of time devoted to research or teaching. For example, if you had a post doc for 4 years, and then a lectureship for 6 years, which included 18 months of parental leave, your statement might read 'Effective years since PhD = 8.5 (4 years research, 4.5 years 50% research/ 50% teaching). This statement does not replace all the other contextual information on your CV and cover letter. Rather it just helps us makes sure we do not miss anything. 

Multi-author publications. In your publication list, it can be helpful for you to provide brief explanations of your role in multi-author publications, especially if you are not first author for many of your publications.

Grants: Similarly, it can be helpful to provide brief explanations where you are not sole PI for grants. 

Teaching: It can be helpful to explain where and how you have designed or innovated courses, rather than simply provide a list of topics you have delivered. 

Other career support

We are committed to a progressive action plan for supporting career transitions, linked to our Athena SWAN Silver Award.

All academics benefit from an annual research-related allowance (£1.5K for consumables, conferences etc.) and can additionally flexibly deploy a proportion of grant overheads for research-related needs.

We have supportive peer-mentoring and peer-review that actively help staff gain grants, fellowships or high impact papers. We also have an attractive research leave scheme that is supported by the University.

We have an annual open PhD competition (funded by various sources including research councils and School funds) to which all staff can enter projects (all students for all projects compete for approximately 10 places). We also participate in several other funded PhD schemes, which attract outstanding students (for example the Wellcome Trust Integrated Neuroscience PhD programme).

We provide additional support for those taking parental leave, including research support and half-loads for teaching and admin on return.

We proactively identify staff who are ready for promotion and support their applications. The School and University offer many opportunities to gain leadership experience as well as supporting other aspects of professional development.

Related opportunities - Ser Cymru Rising Stars and COFUND

Applicants are encouraged to consider eligibility for the range of Ser Cymru schemesbeing offered by a collaboration between the University, the Welsh Government and European funding.

The schemes work like research fellowships, buying one out of most teaching for 3 or 5 years. You may signal your interest in the application for the four posts outlined above, (or contact us if you wish to apply only to the Ser Cymru schemes). We will work with suitable potential candidates as soon as they are identified from submitted applications to the academic positions above.

The highly competitive 'rising star' scheme is aimed at bringing future or current field-leaders to Wales, and offers a very attractive research support package for 5 years, which can be followed by a permanent Readership or Chair. Applications can be submitted on a rolling basis.

The MSCA COFUND fellowships are aimed at applicants with 3-5 years post-doc experience and currently not in the UK, or in the UK less than 12 months. These are 3-year fellowships, which can be followed by a permanent lectureship.  The next deadline is in February.

There are also 'recapturing talent' fellowships for those who have taken a career break of 2 years or more, and Ser Cymru ii Fellowships. We are awaiting indication of future application deadlines.

Other job opportunities

There are also opportunities in CUBRIC soon to be advertised, especially in computational neuroscience and developmental imaging. These will be research fellowships for up to 5 years, which can potentially be tied to permanent positions if you jointly apply to the academic positions advertised above.

Cardiff School of Psychology

We are recognised internationally for sustained excellence in research, impact and research-led teaching. We are a large School with over 50 academic staff, over 600 undergraduates and 150 postgraduate students. In the last assessment the School attained the highest rating of ‘excellent’ for its teaching from the HEFCW Teaching Quality Assessment Panel and we currently hold a silver Athena SWAN award from the Equality Challenge Unit.

In the last Research Excellence Framework we entered as a unit of over 80 staff with our colleagues in Psychological Medicine. We were placed 2nd in our topic area across the UK (with a high submission rate). We have state of the art laboratories and experimental expertise across the range of psychology, and have built one of the largest and best equipped imaging centres in Europe (see

Our collective aim is to understand the psychological and biological foundations of behaviour at both individual and group levels. The research undertaken in the School ranges from 'synapse to society', and includes normal behaviour in development and adulthood, the breakdown of cognition after stress, trauma and in neurological and/or genetic conditions, as well as key psychological issues of broad importance to society, such as prejudice, reproductive health and understanding risk. The School also contributes to cross-disciplinary University Research Institutes in Neuroscience and Mental Health, Sustainable Places, and Energy Systems Research.