Readership, Senior Lectureship, and Lectureships in Psychology
Basic information supplied by the School
| The unofficial FAQs
Applications are invited for four permanent
positions which will be available from 1st September 2000, as the
result of the establishment of new positions, the early retirement of Mr
Keith Nichols and the departure of Dr Geoffrey Haddock to take up a position
The School is seeking people with strong records or great potential
who will strengthen our research profile. We are particularly keen that
new lecturers should engage in collaborative research with existing staff
and develop links between separate areas.
Appointments will be made in the following areas:
The School of Psychology has a high reputation for its research, having
obtained ratings of 5, 4 and 4 in the last three research assessment exercises,
and has a strong position within the University, having been singled out
as a growth area. The research of the School is organised in three
research groups: Cognition and Cognitive Science (a new Chair, Professor
Stephen Monsell, has just been appointed); Economic Psychology; Social
and Health Psychology. The School enjoys excellent accommodation in an
exceptionally attractive location -- the Washington Singer building,
which is the large building at the bottom left of the aerial view at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/public_html/aerial5.jpg.
two positions in social, clinical, community and developmental psychology.
One of these positions will be a supporting lectureship for the new Chair
of Psychology, whilst the other will be in a complementary area. These
positions can be at Lecturer A, Lecturer B or Senior lectureship level.
one position in cognitive psychology, to strengthen and complement
our cognitive group, which has recently been augmented by an appointment
new chair in cognitive psychology (Stephen Monsell). Details of other
members of the group can be found at http://www.ex.ac.uk/Psychology/research/cognitive.html.
This position can be at Lecturer A, B or Senior lectureship level. (ref
one position in the area of animal behaviour, to strengthen and complement
our Biological Psychology
Research Group, which is led by Professor Stephen Lea. This position
will be on the Lecturer A grade. (ref 1128)
The School has a full range of technical facilities and support, including
a new connectionist/computational modelling laboratory with UNIX workstations,
a new experimental cognition laboratory, and a first-rate audio-visual
studio. It has excellent computing facilities for teaching, including
a new suite of PCs for undergraduate use, and a dedicated suite of Macs
and PCs for postgraduate use. The University’s ‘mainframe’ provision
is UNIX based. All staff have an ‘office’ machine for their own use.
In addition to external and University research grants, the School operates
its own internal scheme to offer ‘pump-priming’ support for new research
Further details about the School can be found on our website at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/Psychology/
The Washington Singer Laboratory, and most of the University buildings
are set among an arboretum in a hill-top campus on the northern edge of
the city, with fine views over the valley of the River Exe towards Dartmoor.
The University is within walking distance from the centre of the city and
the main railway station (1 hr to Bristol, 2 hrs 20 mins to London). The
attractive cathedral city of Exeter has a population of about 100,000,
and is rated as one of the best places to live in the UK. It is surrounded
by the scenic beauties of South Devon (Dartmoor, sandy beaches, estuaries,
rolling hills, isolated valleys, pretty villages, etc.) . The more dramatic
north coast of Devon and Cornwall, and the Dorset hills and coast, are
also within easy reach.
Informal enquiries (and visits) are encouraged and potential applicants
should contact Professor Paul
Webley, Head of School, School of Psychology, University of Exeter,
Exeter EX4 4QG. Telephone 01392 264600 or email P.Webley@exeter.ac.uk
and those staff members with whom they anticipate collaborating.
Further information and application forms are available from Personnel,
University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QJ, 01392-263100 (answer phone) or email
quoting the appropriate reference number. The closing date is Friday 18th
February 2000 and it is hoped to carry out interviews during March.
The salaries for the posts will be as follows:
Candidates should forward 4 copies (or if posted overseas 1 copy in a format
suitable for photocopying) of particulars of their qualifications and experience
together with the names and addresses of three referees and an indication
of the research area and scale level for which you are applying. These
should reach the Personnel Division, University of Exeter, Northcote House,
The Queen's Drive, Exeter EX4 4QJ by 18th February 2000. Please
quote the appropriate reference number in all correspondence.
Lecturer A scale, £17,238- £22,670
Lecturer B scale, £25, 521-£30,065
Senior Lecturer/Reader scale up to £35, 670
Applications are invited for the above posts (Reference number 4177),
available immediately in the School of Psychology, for a period of three
The unofficial FAQs
The information above is the basics that the university puts out about
any post it is advertising, and has been duly approved by pretty well everyone.
To supplement it, here are the answers to some of the questions that potential
applicants have asked us. This information is strictly unofficial,
i.e. it hasn't been approved by anyone in particular, but I'm providing
it in the hope that it will be helpful. Please feel free to direct
further questions to Paul
Webley (email addresses just above).
Additional information supplied by Stephen
Lea, updated 15th February 2000
Do I need to fill in an application form? Yes, please.
But it is very simple: all we need are a couple of forms summarising some
personal details - if it will delay things for you to get a copy from Personnel,
you can find a dummy version of it at http://www.ex.ac.uk/EAD/personnel/sumeo1.html,
and downloading this to your word processor and filling it in will be perfectly
ok.. This isn't (yet) a full-blown web-based form.
But I can't say very much on that... what other information will I need
to send? Basically it comes down to your CV (including a publications
list), plus a short statement of what research and teaching you
would want to do and how you see it fitting in with what we are doing at
present. We do mean short - three or four sides of A4/Letter size
paper is the most we are likely to read.
Are these tenure-track posts? ALL these posts are permanent
appointments, subject to satisfactory completion of a probationary period,
which is usually 3 years.
I don't come from the UK, what is a Readership? Readerships
and Senior Lectureships are both roughly equal to a US Associate Professor.
They are paid on the same scale, but a Readership is more prestigious and
a better springboard for promotion to a full professorship.
Are the research areas for the posts open for change in any way or are
the proposals firmly developed? The most important thing is that
the post-holders' research should fit in with what we are doing - which
doesn't mean being the same as what we are already doing. So while
we have ideas about how that can be achieved, we are open to persuasion.
What does it mean to "complement and strengthen our cognitive group"?
Any of a range of research interests and methodologies (e.g. experimental,
neuropsychology, computational modelling) may be appropriate, but we
are especially interested in developing areas of cognitive psychology other
than language, which is already well represented in the School, while at
the same time encouraging interaction and perhaps collaboration with members
of our Cognitive Group. Areas in which we would be especially interested
would include attention, human performance, and executive function, as
well as learning and memory, spatial cognition, thinking and
reasoning, perception and cognitive development. You should
have the ability to teach courses in several aspects of human cognition,
including lab courses in experimental psychology and/or connectionist modelling.
What does it mean to "complement and strengthen our biological psychology
research group"? The Exeter psychology School has a strong reputation
in animal behaviour, with quite a lot of researchers involved, and we want
to increase the number of full-time academic staff in this area. We are
keen that a new appointment should be someone who could, in the medium
term, collaborate with current staff. This means that our favoured
areas are animal cognition and behavioural ecology. However we are
open to persuasion that what you are doing does fit well with our current
activities, and above all we are looking for quality and enthusiasm.
We do not have strong views about whether applicants should be laboratory
or field workers - we do both and are interested in expanding both.
What about research support? Newly appointed staff will have
a start-up allowance to help them establish their research in Exeter, including
at least a share in a graduate research assistant. There are additional
funds within the School that all staff can apply for. All staff are
of course expected to apply for external research funding in addition,
and will be given help and support to do this.
How much teaching is attached to these posts? The School has
a relatively favourable student:staff ratio, and teaching loads are reasonable.
We pride ourselves on high quality teaching involving one-to-one contact
with students, so that teaching and research support each other.
Do I have to be a Chartered Psychologist? No, though quite
a few of our academic staff are.
Do I have to be a member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching?
No, though the university is encouraging us all to join.
Will people who have just finished their PhD be considered, or
are you looking for greater experience? For the lectureships,
first-timers are very welcome, but would normally be appointed on the A
scale. What we are keen on, though, is for people to have publications
in good journals either out or well in the pipeline.
I'm not available for 1st September, does this matter? The
posts are available from 1st September, and we would like to appoint from
that date if we possibly can. But to get the right people,
we are prepared to consider a short delay.
Do you have any other posts available? We are just beginning
to keep a list of jobs
on the School web site. At the moment there are some post-doctoral
fellowships available. The University posts a general
list of jobs available in all departments.