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Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology
Victoria University of Wellington

Date Posted Jul. 18, 2022
Title Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology
University Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Department Psychology
Application Deadline Friday, 12 August 2022
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate Professor
  • Psychology - Clinical
  • Have you got a strong track record of scholarly research and leadership?
  • Do you havea passion for high quality and innovative teaching across a range of modes and levels?
  • Are you ableto assist in programme development to contribute to the effective management of the School?

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. Thisihodraws 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, tangatawhenua, we value Te Tiritio Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whaimātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a full-time, permanent Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology to join Te Kura Mātai Hinengaro, The School of Psychology.

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 specialty 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 the Treaty of Waitangi.

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 Clinical 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.

The opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to join an energetic clinical psychology group with international research and teaching expertise within a world-leading university, and to:

  • Contribute to the School's research, ideally complementing existing research concentrations across the School.
  • Add to the School's existing strengths in teaching at the undergraduate level with a focus on clinical psychological science.
  • Contribute to postgraduate clinical training through teaching and supervising clinical psychological science and the practice of clinical psychology (assessment and intervention) informed from a scientist-practitioner perspective.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

You will be a highly organised self-starter and natural relationship builder, who relishes working autonomously as well as contributing positively to a high performing team. You will need effective time management and forward planning to balance meeting deadlines and maintain a high standard of service to both students and staff. The ability to remain calm under pressure and thrive working with a diverse range of stakeholders.  

We particularly welcome applications from candidates who have practice and research expertise with child psychopathology for this role, but the position is open to all domains of clinical psychology.

The preferred applicant will have the following:

  • A completed PhD in Psychology, or other relevant qualifications commensurate with the seniority of the role and a recognised post graduate qualification in clinical psychology
  • A demonstrated highly developed record of scholarly research including publication in leading refereed national and international journals and/or with leading academically reputable presses (or where appropriate, extensive relevant industry/professional experience)
  • Practice experience as a clinical psychologist and be eligible for registration as a clinical psychologist in New Zealand.
  • A well-established research agenda
  • Demonstrated evidence of academic leadership (or ability for leadership in their discipline) in teaching and research (e.g. mentoring of colleagues, leading research groups, developing and leading innovative initiatives that encourage or enhance student learning, etc.)
  • Demonstrated evidence of successful disciplinary tertiary teaching
  • Demonstrated evidence of attracting and successfully supervising students at Masters and PhD level
  • Demonstrated evidence of strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with, mentor and lead colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the diversity of the student population by the use of different approaches to teaching methods and practice
  • Evidence of an effective contribution to the administration or interests of an organisation, to the wider community and, where appropriate, to the profession
  • Evidence of successfully attracting competitive national and/or international level funding for research (including conference) activities in addition to internal level funding

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

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand's first-ranked university for research, and the Clinical Psychology programme has an outstanding record and reputation in its teaching, public engagement, and research.

This role, (or some of the work of this role that may be performed in this role) is covered by a Government Public Health Response Order, meaning that such work must be done by a person vaccinated against Covid-19.

Role Description

Contact details for vacancy

If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Professor Tony Ward,, +6421819888 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 Covid-19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:

Download and complete the University Application Form

Click Apply Now, follow the process to enter your contact details and add your CV in the online form.

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 stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

Applications close on Friday, 12 August 2022.

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