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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Assistant Professor in Behavioural Science

11.02.2021, by Tina Keil

Durham University, UK
Application deadline: March 7th, 2021

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The Department of Psychology at Durham University seeks to appoint up to eight talented individuals to the role of Assistant Professor across multiple recruitment calls this year. In the current call, we welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in Behavioural Science to join our Quantitative Social Psychology group. We are particularly eager to hear from applicants with expertise in behaviour change who will contribute to our Behavioural Science Masters programme.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution.


Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Behavioural Science, with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard on the topic of behaviour change in health, business, or policy settings, or closely allied topics such as economic decision making, and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University. The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University. We are committed to equality: if for any reason you have taken a career break or periods of leave that may have impacted on your career path, such as illness, or maternity, adoption or parental leave, you may wish to disclose this in your application. The selection committee will recognise that this may have reduced the quantity of your research accordingly.

Key responsibilities

  • Pursue research that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour, commensurate with the Department’s continuing emphasis on international excellence;
  • To be developing clear plans for the pursuit of suitable national and international funding opportunities to support research and end-user engagement;
  • Play a role in relevant teaching and research supervision, and contribute to ongoing curriculum development;
  • Contribute to enhancing the quality of the research environment in the Department, the wider University and beyond through collaborative research activity;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to take contribute to the administrative work, citizenship and values of the Department;
  • Offer lectures, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels, with the opportunity to teach more widely within the Department, as well as engaging in related activity such as assessment;
  • To fully engage in and enhance the values of the Department;
  • To contribute to attracting and supervising research students, and to enhance the Department’s commitment to its vibrant and international postgraduate culture.
  • Carry out such other duties as specified by the Head of Department.

Person Specification

Candidates applying for a grade 7 post will have recently completed or be concluding their PhD and, while they may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, they must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the essential criteria. Candidates applying for a grade 8 post must meet all of the essential criteria (see application link below for further details).


Candidates must have capacity for and be progressing towards the independent development of internationally excellent research that produces high quality outcomes, including some work that is recognised as world class.

How to apply

Please apply online. Visit for further details.

About Durham University

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