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Lecturer in Developmental Psychology

School of Psychology

Location:  Canterbury
Salary:  £34,804 to £40,322 per annum
Grade:  Grade 7 to Grade 8
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Release Date:  Wednesday 04 March 2020
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 05 April 2020  (unless otherwise stated)
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  SS-180-20

The School of Psychology is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, who is able to engage the interest and enthusiasm of students and inspire them to learn.

You will provide high-quality research, excellent teaching and supervision and join a team of award-winning and internationally recognised developmental psychologists. Members of the Developmental Psychology group have excellent links with the wider community and are committed to sharing their research findings and methodologies with the public.

We welcome applications from candidates whose research will enhance our existing areas of expertise and who have demonstrated potential or ability to secure funding for their research and teach across our educational programmes.

As the UK’s European University, we welcome applications from UK, European, and international candidates.

As Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, you will:

  • Make a sustained and significant contribution to high-quality research
  • Develop, deliver, and assess excellent teaching and learning materials in a variety of settings across a range of modules and contribute to core teaching
  • Supervise students undertaking their final year project and/or MSc project
  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally
  • Pro-actively contribute to administration in the School and to the collegial work environment

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD (or equivalent) in Psychology or related discipline (awarded or submitted thesis prior to interview) 
  • Successful completion of high-quality research, preferably in developmental psychology
  • Teaching skills appropriate to higher education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, & communication skills
  • A convincing plan for a programme of research with potential for funding and high-impact publications

The School of Psychology overlooks Canterbury with a view of the cathedral. It is a leading centre of research and education with a commitment to scientific excellence, a concern for tackling problems of contemporary relevance and a commitment to have positive impact.

The School is consistently rated in the top 20 of UK course providers. We currently have over 40 faculty members, 80 PhD students and a diverse range of externally - funded research projects that employ numerous post-doctoral staff. All are supported by an experienced Professional and Technical Services team.

Please see the links below to view the full job description and to apply for this post.

You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person Specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

Please also provide a 2 page 3- to 5-year research plan, and upload this, as part of your application.

Informal enquires can be directed to Head of School, Professor David Williams (

If you require further information regarding the application process, please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: SS-180-20

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Please note - Applications must be made via the University’s online application system. CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

The University of Kent values diversity and promotes equality at all levels

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, all interviews will take place remotely.  Our processes will evolve as the Government advice is updated.