Professor in Psychology

Job Title: Professor in Psychology
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: See further particulars
Reference: GAB0081-1
Job Published: July 04, 2017 10:44

Job Description

College of Health and Life Sciences

Department of Life Sciences

Division of Psychology

Salary Grade: See further particulars

Full-time, Permanent

Ref: GAB0081-1

The Division of Psychology at Brunel University London is recognised for the impressive reach and significance of the impact of its research. We have traditionally been strong in applied research, and in the REF 2014 we were recognised for our “exemplary strategic approach to impact” with research in neuropsychology and health promotion rated as outstanding (4*) in terms of the reach and significance of its impact. We are looking for an internationally leading Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience to further develop our recent successes. 

We are now seeking an exceptional senior academic to lead the newly formed Centre for Cognition and Neuroscience (CCN) – a research unit within the College of Health and Life Sciences with a focus on cognition and neuroscience, which builds on our existing strengths in these areas. This Research Centre will bring together researchers across the College of Health and Life Sciences, including staff from the Department of Life Sciences and the Department of Clinical Sciences (e.g., Psychology, Sports Science, Clinical Sciences, etc.) in order to carry out fundamental and applied research into the relationships between brain function, behaviour and psychological processes. Three main research strands include (1) Vision – visual attention, visual perception, face perception, and visual language; (2) Action – motor control, executive control, and performance (e.g. sport) and (3) Plasticity – lifespan changes, acquisition of expertise (e.g. in areas above such as vision, language, action and performance), neurodegeneration/rehabilitation. The post holder is expected to align to and build the research profile of the CCN – augmenting our current strengths in these areas, enhancing our international research profile, and providing leadership/mentorship for junior academics.

The post holder is also expected to provide high quality research-based teaching in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and to undertake lead/ management roles not only within the CCN and the Division of Psychology but also the Department of Life Sciences as well as the College of Health and Life Sciences.

You will have a substantial national and international research profile with commensurate and sustained research outcomes,  teaching experience in higher education, and a track record of research, publication and income generation appropriate to appointment at Professor level. Your background will be in a recognised area of Cognitive Neuroscience. Your research and enterprise interests will align to and build the research profile of the CCN with the research themes of the Division/College and complement those of exisiting staff. 

We work hard to provide a supportive and positive environment and the Department of Life Sciences has recently been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We are also a Disability Confident employer. The diversity of our staff adds greatly to this inclusive ethos, and we particularly welcome applications from women and under-represented groups.

Brunel University London is proud to have received a silver award in the UK government’s first measure of teaching and learning excellence in the national higher education sector.  The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) results were announced on 22 June 2017.  The award recognises the University’s efforts in delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students which consistently exceed rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

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For an informal discussion about the role please contact Professor Taeko Wydell, Psychology Division Lead (Tel: +44(0)1895 265473, email: 

Closing date for applications: Sunday 30th July 2017