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Lecturer in Mental Health

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University of York
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40,322 - 49,553 a year
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The Department of Psychology is seeking to appoint an ambitious research-driven scientist at Lecturer level, with a high quality publication record and established (or clear potential for) grant capture. Recruitment will be focused on individuals who carry out research into mental health whilst also complementing and extending the Department's current research strengths. This position is being advertised in parallel with a Chair position, also in mental health.

Research across the University of York explores the causes of the growing epidemic of mental health and casts new light on the links between mental and physical health. Working across disciplines and with clinicians and those who live with mental health problems, York's research addresses all age groups - from designing more effective interventions in childhood, to identifying and alleviating risk factors and causes of mental ill health in aging populations and finding ways to build resilience in individuals and communities. In 2021, the University is launching the York Interdisciplinary Institute of Mental Health, with the mission to establish the institution as a globally recognised centre of excellence for mental health research. This will be achieved through innovative interdisciplinary research that addresses the most important challenges in policy and practice, and that helps to inform and develop ways of promoting good mental health, understand basic mechanisms to inform prevention and treatment of mental ill-health, and support people living with mental health problems to live well. Thus, the Lecturer (and Chair) posts align closely with University strategy, and will build on the successful interdisciplinary collaborations between mental health academics, methodologists and colleagues across the institution.

In the Psychology Department at York, we embrace and encourage diversity in everything we do and we are committed to the equality of opportunities, as reflected by our Gold Athena SWAN Award. Many of our staff carry out cross-cultural, cross-institutional, and interdisciplinary research (e.g., with Health Sciences, medical and educational professionals, Computer Science, Environmental Scientists, Biologists, Electronics and Engineering, Mathematics and Archaeologists, to name a few). Our belief is that when different disciplines interact and views are allowed to conflict, that this can promote highly original and creative output. Thus, we welcome candidates who share these values and have strong potential for interdisciplinary collaboration. The posts are open to international candidates.


You would be expected to develop research objectives, projects, outputs and funding proposals and carry out individual or collaborative research projects relating to mental health. You should be a dedicated teacher of higher education and would be expected to contribute to our undergraduate and/or Masters programmes, alongside making an important contribution to the running of the Department through administrative responsibilities.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

Candidates should have a PhD in Psychology (or a relevant discipline) and/or a relevant professional doctorate. 

Interview date: Friday 17 September 2021

For informal enquiries: Informal enquiries can be directed to Professor Tim Andrews (Head of Department, or Dr Lisa Henderson (Deputy Head of Department,

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

Athena Gold 2017 




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