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Lectureship in Positive Psychology - QMUL10948

Department: School of Biological & Behavioural Sciences
Salary: £40,182 - £50,030 per annum
Reference: QMUL10948
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 28-Feb-2017
Closing date: 01-Jul-2017

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Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology

Lectureship in Positive Psychology, Ref: QMUL10948

Queen Mary University, a member of the Russell Group and one of the largest colleges in the University of London, is one of the UK's leading research-intensive institutions (9th in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework). We have made a strategic commitment to world-class research and teaching across all disciplines. Within Queen Mary, the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is a large and expanding academic unit, which provides a supportive and friendly environment and encourages interdisciplinary research. The Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology was founded in 2008 and currently comprises 16 permanent academics. We emphasise a modern interdisciplinary approach, at the interface between behavioural (perception, cognition, communication and social life) and biological aspects of psychology (genomics, neuroscience, ethology and evolution) with an emerging focus on biological and psychological roots of resilience and well-being.

To complement our staff, we are now seeking to appoint an ambitious research-driven psychologist (at the Lecturer level) with a strong track record of research outputs and potential for funding in the area of Well-Being and/or Positive Psychology. The successful candidate will be involved in teaching Positive Psychology on our undergraduate psychology course (teaching loads are as what would be expected in a research-led institution and reduced in the first two years following appointment).

Our environment offers rich opportunities for collaborative research with strong links to other Schools within the Faculty, including the Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and to research centres and facilities including:

  • Centre for Psychiatry

  • Life Sciences Institute

  • Centre for the History of the Emotions

  • Centre for Mind and Society

  • The Genome Centre

  • Centre for Cognitive Science

  • The Centre for Digital Music in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Sciences

  • The Augmented Human Interaction (AHI) laboratory, collaboration between the Interaction, Media and Communication and the Computer Vision research groups.

The School is committed to Athena SWAN principles to promote women in science; we have been awarded an Athena Swan Silver Award and we positively welcome applications from women and other members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

The post is full time and permanent. The salary will be in the range of £40,182 - £50,030 per annum and will be in accordance with experience and qualifications. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, childcare vouchers scheme, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan. A competitive remuneration package and start-up funds are negotiable.

Non-UK/EU citizens may apply, but must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

For informal enquiries, please contact the Head of the Psychology Department, Dr Michael Pluess:

For further information about the School, please visit the School’s website at:

Applicants must submit their CV as well as a two page summary of their current research and future research plans at Queen Mary London.

Application enquiries should be directed to

The closing date for completed applications is 1 July 2017. Interviews will be held shortly after.

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