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ICRG Research Assistant

Swansea University - Department of Psychology

Location: Swansea
Salary: £30,046 to £33,797 per annum (Grade 07), pro-rata together with USS pension benefit
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd September 2020
Closes: 22nd October 2020
Job Ref: AC04213

Salary Scale: Grade 07 £30,046 - £33,797 per annum, pro-rata together with USS pension benefits

Contract: Fixed Term from Jan 2021 to December 2021. Part-time 16 hours per week

Location: Singleton Campus, Swansea (flexible/remote working possible)

Applications are invited for the position of Research Assistant on a project funded by the International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) to identify and model the reinforcement schedules in live-odds sports betting.

The project aims to analyse the use of 'live-action' or ‘in-play’ betting, where customers continuously bet within an event, and to model the reward and temporal structure of betting behaviour. You will use real betting data from existing large datasets, undertake observations of more traditional and 'live-action' betting, and model the mathematical properties of betting behaviour. The project team consists of Professor Simon Dymond and Dr Alice Hoon (Swansea University), Dr Richard James (University of Nottingham) and Professor Richard Tunney (Aston University).

One position (45% FTE; 15.75 hrs per week) is available from January 4th 2021 for 12 months. The post-holder will be responsible for: data analysis and collection; contributing to data summaries; and the general day to day tasks of the research project. Some networking and collaboration with research beneficiaries, industry stakeholders and representatives may be required.

Ideally, you will have, or soon have, a postgraduate qualification in psychology or a related field (e.g., computer science, statistics, research methods) and competence in performing quantitative data analysis. Prior experience of relevant areas of behaviour analysis/learning theory (e.g., reinforcement schedules) and reinforcement modelling of gambling behaviour would be an advantage.

The post will suit an individual committed to developing a research career in the areas of experimental or clinical psychology.

In the College of Human and Health Sciences, we currently have an under-representation of individuals from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds and would encourage applications from these groups. Appointments will be made on merit.

In the College of Human and Health Sciences, we currently have an under-representation of males and would encourage applications from males for this post.  Appointments will be made on merit

It is anticipated that interviews will be held in November 2021.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Professor Simon Dymond (

To apply for the post please click on the link: here
Applicants are asked to provide a completed online application providing evidence against the essential criteria in the recruitment documentation. Applicants should also attach to the application:

  • A curriculum Vitae;
  • Publication list (if relevant);
  • And a statement detailing your quantitative research skills as they pertain to gambling and betting behaviour. (save under ‘Cover Letter’)

Closing date: 11pm on 22nd October

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