First listed on: 11 January 2019

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic 

School of Psychology
Faculty of Science
Reference no. 013/0119F

  • Research position focused on understanding behavioural addictions, particularly related to emerging technologies, and minimizing related harms 
  • Full-time, 2 years Fixed Term Employment, Camperdown Campus
  • Academic Level A, Base Salary: $73,420 p.a. - $92,682 p.a. plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.  

About the opportunity

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to undertake high-quality research focused on understanding behavioural addictions, particularly related to emerging technologies, and minimising related harms in the broad community. The strategic direction of the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic (GTRC) has broadened to include a focus on risky behaviours and decision-making related to emerging technologies, including online gambling and gaming and other potential behavioural addictions. The research aims related to this opportunity are to identify and understand relevant behaviours and decision-making processes and develop and evaluate interventions and strategies to enhance well-being and minimise harms. The GTRC puts a strong priority on empirically rigorous research that has real-world applications and works closely with relevant stakeholders across key sectors. The GTRC has many collaborative links with leading international researchers.

The expanding strategic direction of the GTRC will be assisted through the recruitment of a Postdoctoral Research Association. This position intends to assist the Research Associate to launch their academic career and provide experience that will enhance their career prospects and develop them as a potential research leader. Many opportunities are available for Early Career Researchers through the Brain and Mind Centre, School of Psychology, and University of Sydney.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence and are seeking to recruit for a Postdoctoral Research Associate role within the Brain and Mind Centre, and the School of Psychology, who will have:

  • BSc (Honours) or equivalent and PhD in Psychology or closely-related discipline.
  • Familiarity with the areas of gambling, gaming, and other risky and problematic decision-making and behaviours related to use of emerging technologies.
  • Ability to conduct independent, methodologically rigorous research that contributes to theoretical concepts and has implications for policies and practices. This includes undertaking comprehensive literature reviews, developing research questions, designing appropriate methodologies to address research questions, planning and conducting research, statistics analysis techniques, and interpreting research findings including in written and oral formats.

About us

The Faculty of Science is one of six faculties operating within the University and includes the Schools of

Chemistry, Geosciences, History and Philosophy of Science, Life and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Psychology, and the Sydney School of Veterinary Science. The Faculty stewards a range of research entities including the Sydney Institute of Agriculture and the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, and partners with University-wide research centres including the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC), the Brain and Mind Centre (BMC) and the University of Sydney Nano Institute.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 013/0119F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, 17 February 2019 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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