Salary:   £42,149 to £50,296 
Closing Date:   Friday 22 July 2022
Reference:  0626-22

Social Psychology at Lancaster. The Social Processes research group specialises in the psychology of pro-social and anti-social behaviour, moral and high-risk decision-making, and security and trust. We seek applications from candidates with interests in any area of social psychology or forensic psychology that complements these research strengths. We value methodological plurality – and are interested in colleagues who use quantitative and qualitative methods. We encourage applications from candidates with an interest in any aspect of behavioural analytics. 

Developmental Psychology at Lancaster. Developmental psychologists at Lancaster specialise in broad range of topics encompassing language, communication, literacy, cognitive, and social development in both neurotypical and atypical populations. We are based across the Infancy and Early Development and the Language and Cognition research groups and take a collaborative and multifaceted approach to our work, including offline and online behavioural methods (e.g., eye tracking, reading times), neuroscientific methods (e.g., EEG/ERP, NIRS), as well as computational modelling. We encourage applications from candidates working in areas of developmental psychology that complement or extend our research strengths. 

The two positions are strategic appointments to develop and enhance our research and teaching in these growth areas.

The Department of Psychology at Lancaster has a core complement of more than 40 members of academic staff and a thriving community of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students, currently based in four research groups (Infancy and Early Development, Language and Cognition, Perception and Action, Social Processes). We welcome applications that complement our existing strengths and can build on our productive research and teaching collaborations across the University. More details of our research groupings, interests, and facilities can be found here:

The successful candidates will be expected to be in post by 02 January 2023 at the latest, but ideally earlier. 

You must hold a PhD at the time of applying and also have a track record of research and teaching excellence demonstrated by:

  • publications, 
  • research grant acquisition, 
  • engagement and socio-economic impact, 
  • and teaching and leadership experience, commensurate with stage of career.

The Department has revised its undergraduate teaching curriculum to embed research reproducibility and R-based teaching across the undergraduate curriculum. We actively support open science initiatives, including the development of good research practices, an active and vibrant open science group in the department with strong links to University, as well as broader open scholarship communities. For example, several staff members contributed to UK Reproducibility Network primers and resource documents, and we have embedded research integrity within our teaching curriculum and postgraduate training. For more information:  

Informal enquiries about these posts are welcome and should be addressed to Prof Kate Cain (email:

Applications should be accompanied by a cover letter (no more than 2 pages), a full CV, and a brief outline (no more than 2 pages) of the programme of research you would undertake should you be appointed. Applications must be made via this online portal; applications by email will not be accepted.  

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