Senior Lecturer in Psychology at QUT

The School of Psychology and Counselling (Faculty of Health) is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. We are looking for candidates with excellent research trajectories who are also committed teachers. Applicants from all sub-disciplines in Psychology are welcome; however expertise in cognitive psychology and/or physiological psychology is preferred. Applicants must be eligible for APS membership.

Position Title:                       Senior Lecturer
Reference:                            12400
Closes:                                  7 October 2012
Organisational Area:             School of Psychology and Counselling
                                            Faculty of Health
Campus:                               Kelvin Grove
Salary Range/Classification: $96 218 to $110 959 pa (LEVC)
Plus Superannuation:           17% employer contribution
Status:                                 Ongoing
Contact:                               Associate Professor Renata Meuter
                                            Head, School of Psychology and Counselling
                                           (07) 3138 4641
HR Contact:                        Anjou Varma
                                           HR Advisor
                                          (07) 3138 4149
Open to:                            Australian and International applicants

When applying for this position we encourage you to upload your response to the selection criteria.

The School of Psychology and Counselling in the Faculty of Health is an energetic and rapidly growing school with an excellent teaching reputation, strong growth and success in its research profile in a range of areas (e.g., mental health promotion, addictions, developmental psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology, cross-cultural psychology, psychotherapy research, injury prevention), and strong connections in the community. The internationally renowned Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety- Queensland (CARRS-Q) is attached to the School. We are affiliated with the QUT Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI); IHBI further provides opportunities for cross-disciplinary research and excellent research infrastructure support. Over 100 students are enrolled in our research higher degrees, testament to our vibrant and growing research culture. The School offers accredited undergraduate and fourth year programs in psychology, as well as accredited postgraduate studies in clinical psychology and educational and developmental psychology, and postgraduate training in counselling (the Master of Counselling).

Position Purpose

The successful candidate/s will be expected to enhance the School’s growing research profile through obtaining grants and publishing in top tier journals, and to contribute to teaching excellence at the undergraduate and/or post-graduate levels.

Organisational Relationships

The Senior Lecturer will report to the Head of School of Psychology and Counselling, based on the Kelvin Grove Campus of QUT.


General standard

A senior lecturer is expected to make significant contributions to the teaching effort of a school/faculty or other organisational unit or an interdisciplinary area. An academic at this level is also expected to play a major role in scholarship, research and/or professional activities.

Specific duties

Specific duties of a senior lecturer may include:

Academic leadership

  • Initiation and development of unit material.
  • Acting as unit or subject area coordinator.
  • Development of course material with appropriate advice from and support of more senior academic staff.
  • A range of administrative functions, the majority of which are connected with the units or subject areas in which the academic teaches.
  • Course coordination.
  • Attendance at School and/or Faculty meetings and/or membership of a number of committees.
  • Providing advice and support to more junior academic staff.


Research and scholarship

  • The conduct of research.
  • Dissemination of research findings.
  • Actively seeking funding opportunities.


Teaching performance and leadership

  • Exercising a significant role in teaching and teaching development within the University.
  • The conduct of tutorials, practical classes, demonstrations, workshops, and clinical sessions.
  • The preparation and delivery of lectures and seminars.
  • Supervision of the program of study of honours students or of postgraduate students engaged in course work.
  • Marking and assessment.
  • Consultation with students.
  • Production of teaching materials for students for whom the academic has responsibility.
  • Development and promotion of innovative teaching methods.


Professional leadership

  • Substantial involvement in professional activity.



  • Accountable for the development, provision, promotion and evaluation of systems of work, managing the work environment, and providing appropriate instruction, supervision and enforcement leading to a safe and healthy workplace.


Appointees must demonstrate an ability to undertake the duties prescribed for the position and must possess the necessary skills required for the position.

Subject to the preceding paragraph, to be appointed as a Senior Lecturer a candidate must meet the following selection criteria to the satisfaction of the selection panel and the authorising officer:


  • Completion of a doctoral qualification in the relevant discipline area or equivalent accreditation or standing.
  • Eligible for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Academic and Professional Leadership

  • Demonstrated experience in providing leadership in an administrative role in a University or professional setting and record of successful interaction within these settings.
  • Capacity to coordinate large undergraduate units
  • Ability to coordinate courses/programs
  • Significant contribution to the profession and/or discipline

Teaching and Learning

  • Record of experience in teaching effectively including ability to develop scholarly and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and to supervise postgraduate students.

Research and Scholarship

  • Record of independent contribution to research/scholarship evidenced by publications and/or success in attracting research support.
  • Active pursuit of a competitive research program.

Other skills and attributes

  • Knowledge of workplace health and safety principles which will enable the appointee to implement these principles at an appropriate level.

An applicant who does not meet one or more of the selection criteria, but who is considered by the selection panel to have the potential to do so within the period of normal probation (three years), or term of appointment may be appointed with the panel recommending participation in staff development during the probation period. In such cases the letter of offer of appointment shall state specific matters to which the staff development is to be directed.

Equivalent standing can be demonstrated by comparison of attainment in areas relevant to academic employment with the standard attained in a masters or doctoral degree in the relevant discipline area.

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