Jobs at Goldsmiths

Jobs at Goldsmiths

3 x Lectureships in Psychology

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Week starting 22nd May 2023
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3 x Lectureships in Psychology

(Teaching & Research; Permanent)

(Required from 1st August 2023, with a view of starting earlier where possible)                                                                                       

Closing date for applications: 17th April 2023

Job talks and Interviews: Week starting 22nd May 2023

Desirable Start Date: 1st September 2023

Psychology at Goldsmiths

Goldsmiths, University of London is one of the world’s top creative universities, home to a vibrant and inventive academic community that continues to respond to the urgent challenges of our times, such as mental health, social justice and climate change. Goldsmiths addresses these challenges both locally and globally, using innovative approaches that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London is a thriving centre of excellence in research, learning and teaching.

The Psychology department boasts a vibrant research community in an inherently interdisciplinary environment at the intersection of the arts, the social and the life sciences. Psychology at Goldsmiths has a successful and long-standing track record of attracting significant research funding from research councils and working with charities and businesses. 100% of our research impact and 82% of our overall research activity is rated officially world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour (Research Excellence Framework 2021). Psychology at Goldsmiths is ranked in the UK Top 40 for research power (Times Higher Education rankings, Research Excellence Framework 2021) and in the Top 150 of Psychology departments worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023). The department houses state-of-the-art research facilities, including brain stimulation, lab-based and mobile EEG, wearable sensing and eye-tracking equipment. We are strongly committed to open science principles and to applying research to influence policy and practice in society and real-world contexts. The department supports early career researchers through internally funded PhD bursaries, an individual mentoring scheme and university-wide research seed-funding initiatives.

Campus-based and in the heart of southeast London, the Psychology department at Goldsmiths offers a distinctive research-led teaching and learning experience to a highly diverse local and global student population. Our undergraduate programme is the UK’s top psychology programme for social mobility (Sutton Trust Universities and Social Mobility report 2021). We are in the process of transforming our UG programme with a focus on three themes, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Cognition & Culture and Psychology & Society to provide a current, critical and creative psychology education that prepares students for addressing the challenges of modern society. Our postgraduate programmes have a strong focus on interdisciplinarity and real-world applications, including the MSc in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience (delivered together with the Goldsmiths Computing department), a BPS accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology and two internationally unique programmes bridging the arts and cognitive neuroscience, the MSc in Music, Mind and Brain and the MSc Psychology of the Arts, Neuroaesthetics and Creativity.

All our teaching and research activities are underpinned by a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, as evidenced by an Athena Swan Bronze Award to the Department and the University. Goldsmiths is a member of the ‘Disability Confident Scheme’ and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. We are proud to advance equality of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity and to maintain an inclusive environment for everyone.

The Role

Applications are invited for three permanent posts at Lecturer level in the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London. Successful applicants will join a caring and collegiate Department with a vibrant research environment and a strong commitment to excellence in research and teaching. To each post we wish to appoint an outstanding individual with a developing or established independent research programme that provides the basis for making world leading scientific contributions to knowledge, and excellent and inspiring contributions to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

We encourage applicants from all areas of psychology and cognitive neuroscience to apply and seek to appoint individuals who can complement existing or establish new areas of strength in the Department. Many staff members in the department have interdisciplinary backgrounds, or work with special populations, across the life span or in real-world contexts and with naturalistic stimuli. The five broad research groups in the Department are:

      Clinical and Forensic Science

      Cognition and Neuroscience

      Developmental and Educational Science

      Science of the Creative and Performing Arts

      Social Processes and Personality

Responsible to the Head of Department, the post holders will be expected to carry out the following duties in line with the grade of the post:

  • Develop or consolidate an independent programme of research.
  • Produce high quality publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Attract external research funding to support a personal programme of research.
  • Develop a strategy for maximising the external impact and/or knowledge exchange of a personal programme of research.
  • Pro-actively disseminate the findings of research through international conferences, press releases and other public engagement activities.

      Teach on the Department’s BSc (Hons) and MSc programmes, including:

  • Lectures and lab classes relating to any area of Psychology as required
  • Supervision of both BSc and MSc research projects
  • Supervision of MPhil/PhD research students
  • Act as personal tutor to students
  • Set, mark and assess coursework and examinations
  • Adopt an approachable and accessible attitude towards students

      Lead and enhance the effective administration of the Department, including:

  • Attend and contribute to Departmental and College meetings
  • Participate in Departmental activities such as open days and/or by contributing to working groups
  • Advise and provide support to colleagues
  • Participate in and develop external networks (e.g., by developing grant applications, relationships with partner organisations, or consultancy projects).

For informal discussions about the posts please contact the Co-Heads of Department, Prof José van Velzen and Dr Guido Orgs (

Our other benefits include:

  • Competitive salary.
  • Working in Zone 2, with fantastic transport links and interest free travel to work loans.
  • Excellent annual leave entitlement plus additional closure days at Christmas and Easter.
  • Membership of USS or LPFA pension scheme, dependent upon grade.
  • Access to exclusive discounts, including high street retailers.
  • Maternity, paternity, shared parental leave and adoption leave and pay and tax efficient childcare voucher scheme.
  • Contractual sick pay provision.
  • Free eye tests.
  • Staff assistance and staff wellbeing programmes.
  • Access to University of London facilities such as Senate House Library.
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Thank you for your interest in working with us, we wish you all the best with your application.