Three exciting new opportunities are on offer in the Centre for Sustainable Working Life (the Centre) in the School of Business, Economics & informatics at Birkbeck University of London. Birkbeck is situated in Bloomsbury, a rather pleasant area close to Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross mainline stations and also to several stations on different London Underground lines. It is a leafy area, punctuated by Edwardian squares of some historical interest, and largely populated by the universities, colleges and institutes that together make up the best part of the University of London. It is a good place to work.

The Centre is a School-level research centre that now offers, what is arguably, the UK’s only professional doctorate in occupational health psychology.

CSWL Logo WebsiteThe Centre has a relatively small but productive and developing team. The current research themes that define much of its work are: managing psychosocial risks  to employee health and safety, ensuring safety in high-hazard organisations, managing psychosocial and organizational issues in the provision of health care, and  supporting cancer survivorship in relation to work engagement. There are interesting overlaps among these areas which can inform thinking about the nature and management of sustainable working lives.

Unknown-1The Centre is a member of The METIS Collaboration and works with the Universities of Aberdeen and Newcastle on contemporary issues in psychosocial oncology from a work-related perspective.

Over recent years, the Centre and its core team have been funded by both UK research 8-2754esrc-logobodies, for example the ESRC and the Health & Safety Executive, and European bodies such as the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work as well as by a number of private sector organisations including Associated British Foods, Babcocks and Primark and, currently, Balfour Beatty.

The Centre is led by Professor Tom Cox CBE.

There are three opportunities to consider:

FIRST: A fractional but permanent Lectureship (A/B) in occupational health psychology or health and safety management (0.5 FTE).

The person appointed will work closely with Professor Cox to further develop and deliver the professional doctorate in occupational health psychology. The teaching and research supervision involved are based on small group seminar work.

They will also be expected to develop their own research interests within the framework and defining focus of the Centre. This expectation includes publishing and securing external funding.

Finally, they will also be expected to be a good colleague and help further develop the Centre both within Birkbeck and further afield in its wider environment.

SECOND: A fully funded full time three year postgraduate scholarship in occupational health psychology.

The person appointed will work on a real-world industrial project focused on safety culture, leadership and performance in a high-hazard organisation. This research will provide the platform for them completing the professional doctorate in occupational health psychology.

THIRD: A new Visiting Fellowship programme.

In addition to the two funded positions, the Centre is keen to attract established and early career researchers to its new Visiting Fellow Programme. This programme is designed to encourage publication and later research collaboration but can also offer opportunities for postgraduate teaching.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Tom Cox CBE at either: or More information will appear on this blog. Interested parties might like to send their cvs (resumes) to Professor Cox. The Centre’s website is at:

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