Job Description

Additional Information
Confidential enquiries can be made to Prof Kim Shapiro, Head of School,, +44 121 414 4930.
Job Purpose
The School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham wishes to strengthen our School with the appointment of a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer with specific expertise in computational modelling. The School is continuing to recruit as a result of outstanding performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and major investment provided to the School by the University.
The School
The School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham ( is one of the largest and most successful in the UK, currently ranked in the top 5 Schools in the country (REF 2014). The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from currently under-represented groups. The School of Psychology has a Bronze Athena SWAN award and strives to maintain a flexible and supportive environment that enables its staff to flourish.
Role purpose
We welcome applicants whose research expertise will complement and extend any of our existing four Research Themes: Perception, Cognition, and Action; Mental Health and Wellbeing; Language, Interaction, and Social Cognition; Memory and Attention. One strategic objective for the School is to build on the strength of our Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics, and so we particularly welcome applicants with strength in computational science approaches, including machine learning, Bayesian modelling, and computational models of perception, categorisation and attention. We will consider a joint appointment with the School of Computer Science, which has staff whose research expertise complement and extend those of Psychology.
Main responsibilities (research)
Postholders at all levels will be expected to plan and carry out international-quality research, using appropriate methodology and techniques. This will include contributing to all of the following:
• Pursue research including developing research ideas and winning support, including research funding,
• Present findings in high quality journals and conference proceedings,
• Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally,
• Manage research activities and/or supervise other research staff,
• Develop novel methodologies and techniques,
• Manage projects, and supervise research staff,
• Provide expert advice to staff and students within the discipline,
• Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of benefit to the university.
Senior Lecturer
In addition, appointments at Senior Lecturer level will need to demonstrate a sustained contribution to research, teaching and administration over a number of years:
• Make a major contribution to the management of research activities,
• Lead successful funding bids which develop and sustain research support for the specialist area (in disciplines where this is possible),
• Publish leading research that results in a sustained, highly respected reputation of international quality in the subject area,
• Provide expert advice internally and externally,
• Provide leadership of research that contributes to the progression of the discipline (in disciplines where this is possible),
• Referee and peer review articles for peer reviewed academic journals and grant applications by research councils and/or other major funding bodies
• Lead sustained high value impact activity in knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) that is of manifest benefit to the College and University, and: a) makes a significant contribution to policy development at a national and international level; and/or b) involves development of industrial links and comparable networks and initiatives.
Main responsibilities (teaching and learning)
Postholders at all levels will be expected to contribute to some or all of the following:
• Teach and examine courses at a range of levels,
• Plan and review own teaching approaches and act as a mentor to encourage others to do the same,
• Develop module proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the School, as appropriate,
• Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field,
• Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media,
• Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods,
• Undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to super
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