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Principal Psychologist

Job Title: Principal Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: England
Industry:
Salary: £39,000 - £52,000 DoE
Reference: 1568582
Contact Name: Helen Christie
Contact Email: hjchristie@dstl.gov.uk
Job Published: January 11, 2018 13:54

Job Description

The Human and Social Sciences Group (HSSG) deliver, and facilitates the delivery of, future-focused human and social science research and consultancy to MOD and other government departments. HSSG is made up of 58 human and social scientists (split across both Porton Down and Portsdown West Dstl sites) and is responsible for one of Dstl’s nine Key Capability Areas (KCAs); Human Capability. 

We are looking for up to three human and social scientists / psychologists to join the Group. We have positions in the Humans in Cyber capability, the Understanding and Influencing Human Behaviour capability, the Training and Education capability and the Human Cognitive Performance capability. 

We are looking for people who have: 
• Expertise in either cognitive psychology, human or social science, social psychology, cultural psychology, anthropology, training and education, cyber psychology and/or social science research design and analysis. 
• Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams with colleagues to deliver high impact research, and presenting it to a variety of stakeholders in a bespoke way. 
• Experience of providing assurance of the work of others, both inside and outside your organisation. 
• Experience of mentoring more junior staff. 
• A desire to seek opportunities to improve the capabilities of yourself and your colleagues; and to improve the quality of research outputs from across the organisation. 

Though this role has no formal line management responsibility, as a Principal member of the Group you will be expected to provide mentoring and support to more junior colleagues. 

Your primary responsibilities will be to: 
• Provide timely, impartial, evidence-based advice to customers to enable them to make informed decisions representing “best value” and a return on investment. 
• Lead the delivery of research by working closely with industry and academia to maximise the impact of science. 
• Provide a professional contribution to the development of capabilities of the group in line with group and division strategies. 
• Engage widely and act as a role model, improving the impact of human sciences research across Dstl.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience 

Essential: 
• Expertise in either cognitive psychology, human or social science, social psychology, cultural psychology, anthropology, cyber psychology, training and education. 
• Expertise in research design and analysis. 
• Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams with colleagues to deliver high impact research, and presenting it to a variety of stakeholders in a bespoke way. 
• Experience of providing assurance of the work of others, both inside and outside your organisation. 
• Experience of mentoring more junior staff. 
• A desire to seek opportunities to improve the capabilities of yourself and your colleagues; and to improve the quality of research outputs from across the organisation. 

Desirable: 
• Experience of working in the defence and security domain. 
• Broader awareness / expertise in a wider range of human sciences disciplines. 
• Experience of undertaking research in socio-technical systems. 
• Experience of Human Factors Integration / ergonomics. 
• Awareness of computer science, behavioural analytics, or cyber security.

Qualifications

Essential 
A degree in a relevant human or social science discipline. 

Desirable 
Evidence of continued professional development. 
A higher level of academic or professional qualification in a relevant human or social science subject.

Memberships

Chartership or affiliation with of a relevant professional body, such as: British Psychological Society (BPS) or Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF).

Benefits

Dstl operates a broad total reward and recognition package that builds on the pay and allowances. It plays a valuable part in ensuring that Dstl has skilled, innovative and motivated staff. This distinctive and customised package allows employees to support their work/life balance, opportunities for personal development, an enhanced work environment and to take advantage of a range of other benefits. These benefits include, but are not limited to, childcare vouchers, a generous maternity / shared parental leave package, the civil service pension scheme, performance linked non-consolidated pay awards, flexible working (including working from home) training and development opportunities, Dstl Thank Yous and Celebrating Success Awards, on site gyms, paid professional subscriptions, in role promotions, research scholarships and Fellowship.

If you would like to apply for this role please visit the Civil Service Jobs website and search for vacancy 1568582 or if you would like any further information please email hjchristie@dstl.gov.uk