Lecturer in Social Psychology (1000739) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Do you have a PhD in psychology with specialist knowledge and experience in social psychology?
  • Do you have experience teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels?
  • Are you strongly committed to equity, diversity and bicultural practice in teaching and research?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently seeking a permanent, full-time appointment at the Lecturer level (equivalent to North American Assistant Professor) for the School of Psychology. The area of content specialisation for this position is Social Psychology and we welcome applications from individuals who have specialist research knowledge and experience in this broad area. The School has established expertise in the areas of interpersonal and intergroup processes, social cognition and decision making, and political psychology, utilising the full breadth of methodological and analytic approaches (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, experimental, etc). We invite candidates whose expertise/research complements and/or adds to these areas.

The University has an excellent research culture and the School of Psychology is recognised as being within the top echelon of psychology departments in New Zealand. The School hosts research laboratories in many of psychology’s speciality areas: cognition, learning, social, cross-cultural, developmental, behavioural pharmacology, neuropsychology, clinical, and forensic psychology. It is also home to the Victoria Psychology Clinic.

Importantly, the School of Psychology has a strong commitment to equity and diversity, and specifically to bicultural practice in research and teaching consistent with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an energetic social psychology group with international research and teaching expertise within a world-leading university. The purpose of this position is to contribute to the School’s research, service, and teaching in the area of social psychology. The successful candidate will:

  • Contribute to the School’s research, ideally complementing existing research concentrations across the School. 
  • Add to the School’s existing strengths in teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels with a focus on social psychological science.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

The position is open to all domains of social psychology, broadly construed. The successful applicant will have:

  • A PhD in psychology.
  • A developing research and publication record.
  • Experience in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and supervision.
  • A strong commitment to open science practices.
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusivity, and diversity.

Candidates from Māori/Pasifika backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

As the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington is home to parliament, key government agencies and judicial courts, providing excellent opportunities for developing research and professional partnerships with Government and NGOs. In particular, the Social Psychology group already has relationships with various external organisations in the Wellington area. Wellington is a vibrant, scenic and creative city making it a wonderful place to live and work.

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy: 29 October 2021

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Professor Marc Wilson, School of Psychology at marc.wilson@vuw.ac.nz. But applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application Steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19

Download and complete the University Application Form.

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Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to erecruit@vuw.ac.nz stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.