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Lectureship in Leadership Studies (or allied fields)



Purpose and Main Duties

Following sustained success in the recruitment of students onto its programmes, the Department of Organizational Psychology seeks to recruit a Lecturer A/B (dependent on experience and track record) in leadership studies or an allied field. This role has been created to develop a cluster of expertise in leadership in the department, building on its partnership offerings with the Royal College of Physicians and a new MBA development with Central St Martins. Candidates will be expected to actively engage in the department’s research activities through publications in high quality journals, applications for research funding and collaborative research. They will take an active part in undergraduate and programmes including programme directorship roles and other relevant duties, to make a proactive contribution to the continued development of our programme portfolio.

Candidate Requirements

Ideally, you should have a PhD in Leadership/ Organizational/ Occupational Psychology or HRM/ HRD, be able to demonstrate or show that you are on track for a high-quality research track-record, consistent with future submission to the REF, and have clear plans for future research publications and funding applications. Ideally, you should be a Chartered Psychologist or eligible for Chartership, or be a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Member (CIPD). Given our current teaching and research priorities, we would especially encourage applications from candidates who are amenable to qualitative research paradigms and supervising postgraduate research in this area, drawing on innovative methodologies although applications from quantitative researchers are also welcome. We support staff to obtain fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Your appreciation of diversity and working with mature learners is key, and your willingness to work with blended learning as appropriate.

About the Department

The Department of Organizational Psychology is the UK’s first department of its type, having been established in 1962 by Alec Rodger. We have always played a distinctive role in British occupational psychology where we are known for rigorous and relevant research and engaging teaching. We offer a range of courses largely aimed at working professionals across the field of human resources, careers, consulting, coaching and business/occupational psychology. Our programmes hold accreditations from CIPD, BPS and the Association of Business Psychologists. We offer part- and full-time programmes, our teaching is delivered in the evening, at weekends and via blended learning.

Our research is eclectic and staff are encouraged to develop their own programme of research. You will find supportive colleagues and expertise across a wide range of specialisms, methodologies and domains, with many opportunities for collaboration.

For further information about the School of Business, Economics and Informatics and in particular the Department of Organizational Psychology, please see the following websites:

Further Information

Salary: Grade 7 or 8 of the College's London Pay Scale, which is £36,548 rising to £41,772 for Grade 7 or £42,913 rising to £50,514 for Grade 8.

This post is full time, 35 hours per week and open-ended. The salary quoted above is on the College's London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The initial salary will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 3 years. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on Sunday 16 October 2016

Interviews will be held during November 2016

For further information on this opportunity contact Dr Almuth McDowall, Assistant Dean, Department of Organisational Psychology (email: A link to the PDF document containing the job description and person specification is below.

Birkbeck is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all candidates irrespective of their sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief. Birkbeck is a member of the ‘positive about disability’ two ticks scheme and guarantees to interview all candidates who meet the essential criteria for the post.

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Recruitment Pack 11986.pdf