Temporary post until May 2021
Researchers in the Centre for Psychological Research, within the Department of Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton are carrying out a multi-site study into the motivations for, and psycho-social correlates of, the purchasing of in-game chance-based items within video games. There is concern surrounding the purchasing of in-game chance-based items (also referred to as ‘loot boxes’) because the mechanics have some parallels with gambling, and the purchasing of such items is more common amongst those with symptoms of problematic gambling. However, the field of research is very new and there is much we still do not know, so this study will provide valuable knowledge with the potential to inform policy.
The Research Assistant will work closely with the research team at the University of Wolverhampton, and with collaborators at the University of Plymouth (and a small number of other institutions), to develop and carry out a literature review and two pieces of empirical work in this area. The first study will involve both qualitative and quantitative research expertise, as it requires conducting and analysing qualitative interviews, and assisting with psychometric scale development. The second study will require skills in quantitative research methods, as the researcher will be assisting in the design and analysis of a large-scale survey. Stakeholder workshops will be convened before and after each workshop to involve relevant individuals from outside academia in the design and dissemination of the findings, and assisting with the design, running, and incorporation of findings from these workshops into the project, will also be a key duty of the Research Assistant.
You will be expected to work independently and to take on responsibility in liaising with a variety of external stakeholders. You will also be expected to assist with the writing of reports and academic articles. Some travel will be required to carry out interviews for study 1 (this can be via public transport or own vehicle, and travel expenses are available). Occasional evening or weekend working may be required in order to complete interviews during study 1.
You will hold a good first degree or equivalent in psychology or a closely related discipline, with a strong emphasis on experimentation and data analysis. You must have demonstrable experience in both the qualitative and quantitative research methods required to undertake this post. A postgraduate qualification within psychology or closely related area is also required; ideally this will be a PhD, but exceptional candidates with an MSc and relevant research experience will also be considered. All applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English.
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Joanne Lloyd (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The University of Wolverhampton values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.