We are a future-looking, strong and ambitious School and want to continue to develop and grow with your help.  If you have the relevant experience, are ready for a new challenge and are keen to grow this area of psychology, we would love to hear from you.

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Current vacancies

Lectureship in Animal Welfare and Behaviour – 2 posts

Animal welfare and behaviour research has a distinguished history in the School of Psychology. The School’s research in this area has been cited for its excellence in two RAE exercises and had its impact described as outstanding in the last REF.  Research undertaken by the animal welfare and behaviour group combines fundamental (e.g. kin recognition, olfactory guided behaviour) and applied (innovative enrichment) approaches with the aim of improving the psychological well-being of animals.  For example, the group secured funding from the BBSRC to examine whether lateralised behaviour harbours any merit as a predictor of welfare risk in the domestic dog.

This work has culminated in widely downloaded peer-reviewed papers and has had impact beyond academia, resulting in the widespread use of enrichment tools in kennels, zoos and laboratory settings, the production of ‘designer’ music CDs for companion animals (e.g. Through a Dog’s Ear, by Joshua Leeds, see:, and the development of guidelines for the housing of captive dogs in countries including America and Australia. This research axis now constitutes a key part of the School’s research strategy.


Much of the group’s research on environmental enrichment takes place off-site and involves fruitful collaborations with organisations including rescue kennels and zoos.  Pet-owner related research is frequently carried out in the Animal Behaviour Centre (ABC), a purpose-designed research facility housed within the School of Psychology.  As well as reception and preparation areas, the ABC comprises two large study rooms, both equipped with inbuilt video-cameras and audio recording facilities.  The Centre has access to large tarmacked and grass areas for external testing.

The Candidate

The School of Psychology is seeking to 2 Lectureships to expand and further research excellence in the area of animal welfare and behaviour. The candidate should be able to demonstrate research interests that are sustainable and that complement and enhance existing research activities within the School.  The appointee will also be expected to contribute to a new consultancy in animal welfare and pet behaviour therapy that will be established within the Animal Behaviour Centre.

Chair in Perception Action Psychology

Perception Action Psychology at Queen’s has rapidly expanded over the last ten years to include research into perceptual processes, interceptive action, movement timing, perception-action coupling, postural control, human computer interaction, motor learning, decision-making, skill acquisition and the neural plasticity of the motor system. The aim is to further develop and consolidate expertise in these research areas, but also diversify into other cognate areas where perception action psychology has an important role to play (e.g. human-robot interaction, HCI, human-like computing, rehabilitation, serious gaming).

The Perception Action psychology group has a strong tradition of melding fundamental and applied research. One of the main focuses has been on developing novel and innovative movement enhancement programmes that are underpinned by psychological theory and research that can be applied to health (e.g. cueing in Parkinson’s, stroke rehabilitation, balance re-training in older adults) and/or sport (e.g. decision-making profiling, perceptual training). This research axis now constitutes a key part of the School’s research strategy.


A combination of successful external (ERC, Leverhulme, FP7 and BBSRC) and internal (CRIF) funding has allowed the School to purchase cutting edge technology and develop state of the art research labs that allow us to study perception and action at both the behavioural and neural level. These developments include the Movement Innovation Lab which is housed within Queen’s Sports facilities and is home to a bespoke immersive, interactive virtual reality system, a suite of infrared motion capture cameras and force platforms. Other state of the art equipment in the School includes the fNIRS, SMART Balance Master system, EEG, EMG, nFIRS, eye-tracking and motion tracking systems and equipment used for brain stimulation (TMS, TCDS).

The Candidate

The School of Psychology is seeking to appoint a new energetic and visionary Chair who will consolidate and further research excellence in the area of perception action psychology. The candidate should be able to demonstrate excellence in perception action psychology or a closely related area (e.g. HCI, human-like computing, human-robot interaction, serious gaming). The appointment will substantially increase the presence and profile of the School both nationally and internationally through the candidate’s excellent publication profile, ability to secure significant external funding (e.g. research councils, fellowships, charities, industrial sponsorship), deliver impactful research and develop external networks and collaborations.  The appointee should be able to demonstrate strong academic leadership and be capable of inspiring the School’s research effort and enhancing its reputation for scholarly and professional excellence. 

Senior Lecturer / Lecturer in Health Psychology

The School of Psychology has an active group of researchers in the areas of health and clinical psychology. Their common purpose is to improve the quality of life of people with long term physical illness. Our research, therefore is placed in the crossover between health and clinical psychology (sometimes referred to as clinical health psychology).
Research in this area within the School includes: the psychological factors that explain health-related outcomes in people with physical illness (including chronic pain); psychological interventions to improve these outcomes; and the measurement of health-related quality of life.
We have strong collaborations within the University with the School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, and ongoing, productive national and international collaborations. We have excellent links with other Health Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists in the region and with local medics, dentists, nurses and allied health professionals.
The School of Psychology hosts the only Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme in Northern Ireland, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Health and Clinical Psychologists within the School hold positions of leadership within the British Psychological Society, and are nationally recognised for their work in the development of postgraduate training.


Much of the group’s research takes place off-site in local hospitals. The School of Psychology is in close proximity to the two largest hospitals in Northern Ireland, where we have ongoing research collaborations. These links facilitate successful research funding (from research councils and medical research charities, such as Breast Cancer Campaign and Marie Curie Cancer Care), attract high quality PhD students and produce a substantial number of internationally recognised research outputs.

The Candidate

The School is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer / Lecturer in Health Psychology who will consolidate and further develop this exciting area of research. The appointment will increase the presence and profile of the School both nationally and internationally through the candidate’s publication profile, ability to secure external funding and ability to develop and nurture impactful external networks. The candidate does not need to be registered as a Health Psychologist or a Clinical Psychologist, but their research should be focused on clinical health psychology.

Upcoming vacancies

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