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Chair in Mental Health

Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Full-time (flexibility available)
Contract status
Commensurate with experience on the Professorial scale.
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Role Description

The Department of Psychology at the University of York is seeking to appoint an outstanding research-driven scientist at Chair level, with a high quality publication and grant capture record. Recruitment will be focused on individuals who carry out research into mental health whilst also complementing and extending the Department's current research strengths. The focus on mental health aligns closely with the University's strategy to expand research in this area. 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. This post is being advertised alongside a Lecturer level position, also in the area of mental health.

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.

The Role
You would be expected to carry out and disseminate internationally outstanding research and scholarship within the area of mental health, play a lead role in identifying and securing funding, and provide mentorship to junior colleagues. You should also 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 leadership and management of the Department through administrative duties.

Skills, Experience and Qualification
Candidates should have a PhD in Psychology (or a relevant discipline) and/or a relevant professional doctorate. Please see the candidate brief for full details of the requirements.

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

Closing Date: 15 August 2021
Interview Date: 20 September 2021

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 also encourage applications from women for senior roles. 

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

Athena Gold 2017 




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