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Competition ID:            035119 

Job Title:                      Teaching Fellow in Applied Behavioural Science (part-time, 50%)

School/Department:    Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy 

Job Category and Level:    Teaching Fellow 


The Purpose of the Role 

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, invites applications for a Teaching Fellow position (part-time 50%) to teach a new module on Applied Behavioural Science in the Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy. 



Behavioural science is an increasingly cohesive field which seeks to understand and explain human actions through the combination of a number of traditional disciplines including sociology, anthropology, psychology and behavioural aspects of biology and neuroscience. This module will focus on the role of evolved cognitive and social biases in shaping human behaviour in groups and the implications of this. Whilst drawing on fundamental scientific insights from a number of disciplines, the module will emphasize the practical applicability of the material in everyday life, particularly in organisational settings. The module will be run twice a year in Spring and Autumn from Spring 2022 with the exact format yet to be decided. 


Main Responsibilities 

  • The successful candidate will design the new module in collaboration with the Head of the Department of Sociology, Prof. Richard Layte. 
  • Develop learning environments that are consistent with modern teaching and learning practices and that are flexible, student-centered and accessible. 

 Person Requirements 


Candidates should have a PhD in Sociology or a cognate discipline (essential). 

  Knowledge and Experience 

  • Have an excellent academic record (essential); 
  • Comfortable analysing and explaining a range of methodological approaches including randomised control trials, field experiments and longitudinal social surveys as well as qualitative and ethnographic methods (essential); 
  • Previous experience of designing and delivering an academic module (desirable). 


  • Advanced knowledge of and ability to teach statistical methods to post-graduate level; Excellent communication skills in the English language; both written and oral; Excellent presentation skills with the ability to enthuse listeners; 
  • A commitment to research-led and innovative teaching methods; 
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to effectively manage a demanding workload. 

Personal attributes 

  •  An enthusiastic attitude and openness to combining different scientific disciplines and methodologies (essential). 
  •  Ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to engage in the administrative requirements of the Department, School and College. 


 Further Information 

Informal enquiries about this post should be made to Prof. Richard Layte, Head of the Department of Sociology. Informal enquiries are welcome by email ( or by phone (+353 1 896 1296). 


Application Information 

  • Applicants should send a cover letter and detailed CV to Ms Raquel Dowie at 

    by 12 noon on Friday, 30th July 2021.