Senior Lecturer/Reader in the Psychology of Kindness

School/department:  School of Psychology  
Hours: Full time of part time up to a maximum of 1FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business needs)
Contract: Permanent
Reference: 5948
Placed on: 15 June 2021
Salary: Grade 9 starting at £51,034 to £59,135 per annum
Closing date: 30 July 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of this date.
Expected Interview date: w/c 6 September 2021
Expected start date: 01 October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter


Job description

The School of Psychology is looking to recruit a full-time faculty member at Senior Lecturer/Reader level, with specific expertise in the psychology of kindness, empathy, compassion, or related areas.  The School of Psychology has led the development of an interdisciplinary network to promote the exploration and investigation of kindness and its impacts on people and communities.  With generous support from the Pears Foundation, we are now seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer/Reader, with an active research interest and track record in this area, who is motivated to work with colleagues from different disciplines to establish and grow this interdisciplinary network as a formal research centre.  This is a tremendously exciting opportunity for a successful researcher to build an innovative programme of collaborative research in an area of rapidly growing academic and societal interest.  There will also be expectations that the postholder will contribute to innovative educational provisions being developed on the topic of kindness and wellbeing. 

The University of Sussex is a leading teaching and research institution and is ranked within the top 160 in the world. The School of Psychology at the University of Sussex is one of the most academically diverse and influential centres for the study of psychology in the UK with considerable strengths in both research and teaching. We have a longstanding commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and we are proud to hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award (2020) for our work promoting gender equality. In the latest World University Rankings, the School is placed within the top 20 nationally.  Psychology at Sussex was ranked 10th in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and receives excellent student ratings for its undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. We offer a very highly regarded undergraduate degree course and a suite of PGT courses, and we have a substantial group of doctoral students, supported in part by ESRC and Leverhulme Trust funded doctoral training programmes.

Informal enquiries may be made with the Head of School, Professor Robin Banerjee (robinb@sussex.ac.uk).The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 110.00KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to psychologyrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk  

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as google.docs or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.


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