Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Psychology: Evolution and Social Behaviour
City Site

Job reference: 008417

Location: City Site

Closing date: 21/03/2021

Salary : Grade H/I (£35,505 - £52,056 p.a.)

Employment type: Permanent

Team: Psychology

School / Directorate : School of Social Sciences

Lecturer Salary from £33,797 p.a 
Senior Lecturer Salary from £39,152 p.a 

The level of appointment would be determined by the selection panel following an interview. 

We are deeply proud of our academic community. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a diverse and dynamic learning environment, defined by a shared sense of respect for all its people. Our mission is to be bold, to do the right things and to change lives, and our academics are key to realising those goals. Their work continues to reinforce our credentials as an award-winning university, and a research centre of excellence.

Our continued success — underpinned by the number of prestigious national awards we’ve won — has hinged on two commitments: forging excellent partnerships around the world and harnessing the talents of all our people. We secured a ‘Gold’ rating in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework; received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our pioneering research; and in 2018, we were the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge, further demonstrating our commitment to ensuring ‘success for all’. NTU is a university at the peak of its powers, but we know we can still go even further. That’s why we’re now looking for new, passionate, ambitious people to join our community.

If you are in the early stages of an academic career and are considering joining NTU, then our Early Career Academic Development Programme could be just right for you.

If you are considering joining NTU as a Senior Lecturer you will benefit from our Senior Lecturer Career Framework, which recognises and rewards you based on your performance, contribution and achievement, and offers the opportunity of faster salary progression compared to the industry average.

   The Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University

The Psychology Department at Nottingham Trent University is seeking additional lecturers in psychology to further strengthen our research and to meet the demands of new course provision and increased student numbers in our undergraduate, MSc and doctoral programmes. We particularly welcome applications that can contribute to our ambition to enhance the diversity and critical awareness of our curricula.

  The post

As Lecturer in Psychology (Evolution and Social Behaviour) you will be joining the newly formed Evolution and Social Interaction research group. Working with Professor Bridget Waller, Dr Annika Paukner and others, you will have the opportunity to help shape the direction of the group at an early stage. You will have a strong existing research profile and evidence of world leading potential in animal behaviour, animal communication, comparative psychology, primatology, evolutionary psychology, evolutionary anthropology or associated discipline. Your work should be broadly related to the theme of evolution and social interaction in humans and/or other animals. This is an exciting opportunity to join an emerging departmental research strength at its inception and we welcome applications from candidates from a diverse range of academic backgrounds.

  The Department

You will be joining a very large, lively, diverse, collegiate and ambitious group with an excellent reputation for its theoretically informed impactful and applied research and its teaching provision at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. You will be part of a management team of 12 Principal Lecturers and two Heads of Department who all have a designated portfolio of responsibilities.

The Department has the largest and most productive research unit in the University and is responsible for a quarter of all academic outputs at NTU in the current REF cycle. In the submission to REF2014 (Unit of Assessment A04, http://www.ref.ac.uk/) 60% of our research outputs were identified as internationally excellent or world leading and 100% of our research impact was recognised as internationally excellent with 73% described as world leading.

We are the largest provider of full-time undergraduate degrees in psychology in the UK. Our NSS scores for overall satisfaction have been above 90% for the last eight years and our eight-year average is not bettered by any university in the UK. We lead in the University on issues of diversity and inclusion and are the only department at NTU to have achieved for Athena SWAN recognition. We also lead on initiatives to decolonise the curriculum.

Our commitment to teaching is shown by the collaboration of over 90 staff to create an introductory text for SAGE (3rd edition published Spring 2019) which is given to all our first-year undergraduates, and the royalties of which are used to enhance the student experience.


Applicants will have a PhD or professional doctorate in Psychology (or equivalent). You should be an enthusiastic teacher with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a commitment to supporting students' development at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Mentoring and support for development in both teaching and research will be provided to appointees appropriate to their level of experience.

The Department is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from individuals who can contribute to a wider departmental focus on cultural psychology. We also welcome applications from under-represented groups and from people who are seeking a part-time contract that, for example combines practitioner work with lecturing. Appointments will always be made on merit.

Closing Date: 21st March, 2021

Interview Date: w/b 11th Aprilo be confirmed)

If you have any specific queries in relation to this position, please contact Dr Phil Banyard, Head of Psychology (phil.banyard@ntu.ac.uk) , Dr Duncan Guest, Management Lead for Psychology (duncan.guest@ntu.ac.uk) or Professor Bridget Waller,  (bridget.waller@ntu.ac.uk)

Successful applicants will usually be appointed to the base of the advertised salary grade, except in justifiable circumstances.

NTU prides itself on being an inclusive employer. We value and celebrate equality in opportunities, and we welcome applications from people who reflect the diversity of our communities.

This role is open to non-UK/Irish applicants subject to current UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) rules. Please ensure that you have the appropriate right to work in the UK for this role and consult the Home Office website for further information.

We’re proud of how far we’ve come. With a shared vision, we are a community of more than 4,000 colleagues, all committed to our goal of becoming ‘the university of the future’. Do you have the passion to help us to go even further?


Please note that this role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and successful applicants will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions. ​​​​​​​


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