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Assistant Prof (Behavioural Science) - Durham University



The Department of Psychology at Durham University seeks to appoint up to eight talented individuals to the role of Assistant Professor. In the current call, we welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of Behavioural Science. 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. For more information, please visit our Department pages at 

The successful applicants will contribute to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Behavioural Science, and join a growing group of social organisational psychologists and behavioural scientists within the Quantitative Social Psychology group. We are researchers focusing on behaviour change in public health, social policy, prison safety, risk management, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and leadership settings. Our group also includes cross-cultural, cognitive and endocrinological research on person perception, body image, science scepticism and public perceptions of science. The group runs a Behavioural Science clinic (, and uses facilities including an ecologically valid bar lab, a virtual interaction suite, electrophysiology and hormone analysis labs. Our 17 members are funded by UKRI sources as well as prestigious grants from Leverhulme, the Wellcome Trust and NIHR, and commercial consultancy. 

The Department of Psychology is an internationally recognised centre of research excellence and interdisciplinarity across the breadth of psychological and behavioural science. We are currently ranked in the top 100 of Psychology Departments world-wide according to the QS World Rankings. The department’s research groupings reflect our major areas of activity: Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Science, & Quantitative Social Psychology. Each group also leads a taught Masters programme, alongside a prestigious undergraduate programme in Psychology and a new undergraduate programme in Behavioural Science, extending our research strengths into the next generation. In addition, the department houses a number of University Research Centres which bring in staff from across the department, university, and region to focus on key research issues. The department’s broad approach to the discipline places it in an excellent position to take advantage of emerging opportunities and challenges, and our collegiate approach allows staff to work across research areas to provide novel solutions to global problems.

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience. Less than 3 hours north of London, an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, and ten minutes from the centre of Newcastle, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. Close to the Northumberland National park and coastline, the Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our University is situated within truly breath-taking scenery and local attractions.

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