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Academic Associates in Psychology

Department: School of Education, Language & Psychology
Location: York
Salary: £30,502 to £35,333 per annum pro rata
Contract Duration: 4 years
Hours: 18.5
Closing Date: Monday 10 April 2023 at midnight
Interview Date: See advert
Reference: 080-23

Part time fixed term for 4 years

Location: York

Salary is £30,502 to £35,333 per annum (£15,251 to £17,666 pro rata)

Interview dates 25th and 28th April 2023

The School of Education, Language and Psychology is seeking to appoint several Academic Associates in Psychology starting in September 2023.

As an Academic Associate you will undertake a PhD within the School of Education, Language and Psychology while also being employed by the university to support teaching and assessment on our undergraduate Psychology programmes (0.5 FTE).

It is a fixed-term position for four years and includes a UK tuition fee waiver/scholarship for a full-time PhD.

Timetabled teaching duties during our two semesters will not exceed 6 contact hours per week, which may include delivery of seminars, workshops and tutorials. Training is provided to support Academic Associates develop their teaching-related skills and professional competencies alongside their doctoral research.

We are seeking Academic Associates to undertake the following projects:

-The relation between time beliefs and time biases.

-How do children and adults learn a new language? Contributions of explicit and implicit learning mechanisms.

-Sexual violence, bystanders, and the impact of intervening.

-Factors influencing children’s social and exploratory learning.

-How important is activation of imagery during single word processing?

-Exploring body image and disordered eating in the disabled community.

-Researching youth climate activism.

-Developing a new experimental protocol for investigating psychological flow.

Please see link to project outlines at the bottom of this page.

Applicants should contact the main supervisor before applying to seek guidance in developing a 1,500-word research proposal (not including references) as part of the application.

Your research proposal will show us that you understand current thinking in your chosen topic and are equipped with the knowledge and some of the skills needed to get started on a large research project.

Entry requirements

  • UK undergraduate degree in Psychology, or with a specialisation in Psychology, with first-class or upper second-class honours, or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution. Candidates will normally also have completed, or be about to complete, a Masters course in Psychology, or a closely related discipline. 
  • Applications are welcome from candidates currently studying for a Masters degree, provided that all assessment work is completed before commencement of the PhD at York St John University on 1st September 2023.
  • High level of proficiency in English, sufficient to undertake doctoral research, teaching and administrative activities and to communicate effectively with staff and students

Please note that although this role does not meet the eligibility requirements for sponsorship, we welcome your application if you are able to evidence your right to work in the UK via an alternative route.

If you require a reasonable adjustment in order to apply for this position please contact  Within the application form there is an opportunity for you to request a reasonable adjustment at the interview stage of the process, however if you wish to discuss this in further detail at any point  in the process please do not hesitate to contact us.

We offer a wide range of employee benefits including - 

- Excellent annual leave entitlement, including five discretionary university closure days over the Christmas period

- Pension scheme

- Health Cash Plan after one years' service

- Employee Assistance Programme

- Relocation expenses package for certain roles

We offer a range of family friendly and inclusive policies and facilities to support staff from different backgrounds. As part of our commitment to providing an inclusive working environment, consideration is given to all requests for job share or flexible working arrangements. 

Please note that CVs are not accepted in place of the application form.

Closing Date - Monday 10 April 2023 at midnight

Provisional Interview Date - See advert

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