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Applied Behavioural Scientist - KTP Associate

University of Bath - Department of Psychology

Location: Bath
Salary: £31,000 to £34,000 Depending on qualifications and experience, plus £4,000 training budget for personal development
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th January 2021
Closes: 2nd February 2021
Job Ref: JM8045

Interview dateMonday 22 February 2021

Fixed term for 15 months with the possibility of securing permanent employment depending on performance.

This is an excellent opportunity for an aspiring postgraduate from a Cognitive Psychology / Behavioural Science background wishing to apply their skillset to develop a state-of-the-art product at the cross-section of risk management, psychology, behavioural economics and organisational behaviour.

As part of this important and challenging Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) you will work collaboratively with CheckRisk Management Services Ltd and academics from the School of Management and the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath.

Your core responsibility will be working to deliver an innovative Profiler tool that helps organisations avoid misalignments such as ‘insufficient’ risk-taking, ‘too much/ risk-taking, or perverse incentives that inhibit innovation and growth. The tool will enable companies and individuals to better understand risk and make better decisions. This focal area is particularly important today where socially responsible activity or sustainable development is becoming an important driver for innovation.

You will have a key level of responsibility, leading the project, and be part of an interdisciplinary team, working and performing blue-sky and iterative R&D. The role is multidisciplinary and exciting; you will have the ability to garner new and deeper insights into behavioural science, innovation, risk management and decision-making.

The position is ideal if you're looking to radically improve your understanding of interconnected risks, and you would thrive in an open, ideas based, client-focused environment.

Throughout the project you will play a key role in managing and implementing strategic development in the business and transferring knowledge between the University and the business.

The company -

CheckRisk has 12 years' trading history, providing risk analysis and management services to the financial services and investment sector in the UK and Ireland.

The role is full-time, based at their premises in the centre of the beautiful World Heritage City of Bath. The University has a well-established relationship with CheckRisk. 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A first degree (1st or 2.1 class honours degree) in a subject involving statistical analysis. 
  • Master’s in Psychology, Applied Psychology or another closely related subject.
  • An interest and awareness in the field of behavioural economics, psychology and innovation
  • The Associate is expected to play a major role in coordinating the stakeholders in this project, so must have good communication and organisation skills.

The benefits 

  • Gain valuable experience and marketable, highly transferable skills
  • Early responsibility for a high-profile project
  • Mentoring from the company and an experienced academic team
  • Opportunity to gain a professional qualification 
  • Formal management training and development
  • An excellent chance of a permanent post with the company

It is essential that you understand how KTP works with business and the University. Information about KTPs:

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