Lecturer in Developmental Psychology

Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer in Developmental Psychology. This is an exciting opportunity to shape sector leading provision for Moray House School of Education and Sport in the subject area of Developmental Psychology.

The successful candidate will further the School’s national and international reputation in teaching and research on aspects of Developmental Psychology. You will contribute to teaching on our undergraduate, postgraduate programmes, and will engage in the supervision of doctoral students. You will demonstrate experience, achievement and outstanding potential reflected in a growing portfolio of teaching activities, and a commitment to the provision of academic student support. You will have a research profile, in both experience to date and in future potential, which is at the forefront of scholarship in the field of Developmental Psychology.

You will also exhibit a strong commitment to the collegial life of the Developmental Psychology group and the School. While substantive specialisation is open, we welcome applications from candidates who complement existing strengths in the Developmental Psychology group. The appointee will also contribute to the administration of the subject area and the development of teaching and research across Moray House School of Education and Sport.

This is a full-time (35 hours), open-ended post. The post is available from the 2nd of January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary: £41,526 – £49,553 per annum.
Closing Date: 5pm (GMT) 15 October 2020

Job Details

Job title: Lecturer in Developmental Psychology
School/Support Department: Moray House School of Education and Sport
Unit: Institute for Education, Community and Society (IECS)
Line manager: Head of IECS

Job Purpose

The post-holders role is to undertake research, research-led teaching, program management, and administrative duties in support of the School’s commitment to developmental psychology.

Main Responsibilities (Approx % of the time)

  • Seek and secure funding for, conduct, and disseminate the outcomes of excellent research, contributing to the subject area through the production of high quality and high impact research and publications. (40%)
  • Contribute to the delivery of teaching and assessment for undergraduate and postgraduate students to meet the School’s teaching and learning objectives in the area of developmental psychology and research methods. (20%)
  • Contribute to curriculum development and the design or revision of course units related to developmental psychology to ensure courses remain current and informed by the latest research and developments. (10%)
  • Supervise postgraduate dissertations and Ph.D. students on topics related to the subject specialism to ensure students are supported throughout their studies and in applications for funding. (10%)
  • Contribute to decision-making relating to program administration and strategic planning related to recruitment, marketing, assessment, and the management and resolution of program-related issues. Undertake Personal Tutor responsibilities and more general elements of ensuring positive student experience (15%)
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties, commensurate with the job title, as may be determined by the line manager. (5%)

Planning and Organising

The appointee requires skills in managing, motivating, and supporting people (students, colleagues); as well as skills for organizing multiple teaching, learning, and assessment activities. They will be required to organize the creation and timely dissemination of materials to students and use the virtual learning environment. They should plan research activities to ensure deadlines for funding applications are met and research outcomes are achieved. They are expected to plan their own workload to meet all the requirements of the post.
The post-holder is required to adapt readily to changes within University, College, and School practices, policies, and systems, and to encourage other staff in the School to embrace change to enhance the performance of the School.

Problem Solving

The capacity to manage the position’s main responsibilities within the time allocated. The appointee will have the capacity to work creatively with colleagues to overcome problems as they arise to ensure a positive student experience is maintained.

Decision Making

The ability to independently make a range of practical and logistical decisions is necessary.

Key Contacts/Relationships

The appointee will require excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with Moray House School staff, students, and with the wider community.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Needed for the Job


  • A doctorate or equivalent in an area related to developmental psychology.
  • Experience in conducting research, evidenced by a growing personal research portfolio of funding and publications, and reputation in the field of developmental psychology.
  • Evidence of developing attainments in teaching on undergraduate and/or postgraduate programs, indicative of a commitment to, and potential for, excellence in teaching, and in the development of courses.
  • Evidence of attainments in, or skills sufficient to, the development of a full range of supervisory activities from Honours dissertations to doctoral theses inclusive.
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal, written, online, and face-to-face.
  • Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and collegiately, managing and prioritizing within a varied workload.


  • Experience of and interest in technology and/or developing digital environments for learning.
  • Experience in developing and/or directing an MSc program or similar.
  • Postgraduate teaching qualification.
  • A track record of gaining and managing research grants.
  • Evidence of commitment to research impact, and to public and civic engagement.


The developmental psychology group contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the School, including MSc Education, MA Primary Education with Gaelic, MA Physical Education, MSc Transformative Learning and Teaching, and PGDE Primary, as well as the School-wide Masters research methods courses. This will vary over time and in line with the changing needs of the School.

  • Job Context and any other relevant information

    The developmental psychology group is based within the Institute for Education, Community and Society (ECS). ECS has an excellent reputation for its world-leading developmental psychology research and practice and has an equally strong international reputation for its commitment to research in digital education, the sociology of education, education policy, higher and community education.

    Moray House School of Education and Sport is committed to the fair and equal treatment of all its employees and promotes diversity and gender equality among staff and students. For more information about family-friendly policies please visit the University website at the following address: https://www.ed.ac.uk/equality-diversity/help-advice/family-friendly/staff.

    For more information about the University’s policies relating to health and wellbeing, including the flexible working policy, visit here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/human-resources/policies-guidance/health-wellbeing.

    Application Procedure

    All applicants should apply online via our Vacancy Website and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

    You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

    The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on 15 October 2020

    Right to Work

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    To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

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    Conditions of Employment

    Pension Scheme

    This role is grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

    For further information please visit our Pensions website .


    The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £41,526 to £49,553 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

    The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.