The closing date for this post is midnight on 23 June 2019.
The interviews are expected to take place on 22 July 2019.
The University of Stirling is seeking to appoint an outstanding Health Psychologist within the Faculty of Natural Sciences, with the aim of enhancing the Faculty’s international profile. The post holder will be located in the Division of Psychology at Stirling, working closely with researchers from other faculties who are part of the new University Health and Behaviour Research Programme. Researchers are sought to complement existing strength in the area of Health Psychology, or to extend our Health research into other research areas (e.g. aging). The successful candidates will be expected to carry out high quality research and teaching, as well as contributing to the administration and on-going development of the Division of Psychology.
Behavioural scientists with an interest and expertise in multi-disciplinary and multi-methods approaches to Health Psychology issues and behaviour change are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates with research strengths in areas with key societal impact are of particular interest. Consideration will be given to applicants who provide evidence of potential for strong collaboration with other areas of expertise at Stirling, both within Psychology (e.g. the Behaviour and Evolution and Cognition in Complex Environment Research Groups), the Faculty of Natural Sciences and beyond (e.g. interdisciplinary researchers interested in health and behaviour change, dementia and aging).
Description of Duties
Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Behaviours and Competencies
The role holder will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities associated with the following behavioural competencies, as detailed within the AUA Competency Framework.
1. Managing self and personal skills
Being aware of own behaviour and mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt professional practice accordingly.
2. Delivering excellent service
Providing the best quality service to external and internal clients. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to drive up service standards.
3. Finding solutions
Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.
4. Embracing change
Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles.
5. Using resources effectively
Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets.
6. Engaging with the wider context
Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values.
7. Developing self and others
Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential.
8. Working together
Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.
9. Achieving results
Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done.
The Faculty of Natural Sciences (FNS) encompasses the Divisions of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Computing Science and Mathematics, Psychology and the Institute of Aquaculture. FNS is a distinctive academic arena where new fundamental understandings of the complex and challenging inter-relationships between human behaviours, technologies, biological and environmental systems are created, explored and tested. Results of REF2014 confirmed that 75% of our research is world leading and internationally excellent. It is supported through UK Research Councils, European Union and a range of research charities We work with businesses and public service organisations both at home and overseas to achieve direct and positive outcomes for society across a range of critical problems. Recent success in the 2018 City deal is leading to a substantial investment in new infrastructure linked to the Faculty including a £17 million investment for a new Institute of Aquaculture and Global Aquatic Food Security facility and a £5 million investment for Scotland’s International Environment Centre.
Stirling Psychology delivers world class scientific research, coupled with innovative and reflective research-led teaching. In the most recent national assessment of research (2014 REF) we scored top in the UK for research impact, and 97% of our research outputs were internationally recognised, excellent or world leading. We aim to foster basic research in the science of mind and behaviour, linked to direct impacts for society. Our research strategy focuses on the development of inter-disciplinary multi-methods approaches and our academics work collaboratively across three research themes: Cognition in Complex Environments; Behaviour & Evolution; and Health and Behaviour Change. A common thread across our research projects is a desire to develop theoretical understanding of behaviour in complex real-world settings. Psychology has invested heavily in research infrastructure, including our own Kindergarten. Purpose built laboratories provide support for health, human electrophysiology, face and vision research, while recent investment in mobile technology and virtual/augmented reality provide novel approaches to the investigation of psychological questions.
The University of Stirling is a leading UK teaching and research-intensive university, created by Royal Charter in 1967. Since its foundation, the University has embraced its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution with a pioneering spirit and a passion for excellence in all that it does.
In 2016, the University launched its current Strategic Plan (2016-2021), with targets to: be one of the top 25 universities in the UK; increase income by £50 million; enhance its research profile by 100 per cent; and ensure internationalisation is at the heart of everything it does.
With three-quarters of its research ranked world-leading and internationally-excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014), the University’s groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research makes a difference to society and has a positive impact on communities worldwide. Stirling’s research is making a positive impact on people’s health, education and wellbeing, with key strengths across our research themes of: Cultures, Communities and Society; Global Security and Resilience; and Living Well. The University collaborates with international governments and policymakers, businesses, industry, and charitable organisations, to tackle and provide solutions to some of the toughest global societal challenges.
The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University's excellent Sport Centre facilities.
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