School of Information and Library Studies
Research Assistant, Information and Library Studies
Playing Social Roulette: The Impact of Problem Gambling on Individuals and Society in Ireland
Post Duration 15 months part-time post
Reports to Dr. Crystal Fulton
HR Reference No. 006321

Position Summary
Gambling is a pastime that may lead to addiction; problem gambling can lead to complete social breakdown, with devastating financial losses, property losses, and alienation of family and friends. This project, funded by the Department of Social Protection (DSP), will explore gambling behaviour in Ireland, specifically the issue of problem gambling and its impact on the individual, the gambler’s relationships with social connections, and the wider impact of problem gambling behaviour on community and society. A part-time research assistant is required to participate in research to facilitate understanding of problem gambling in Ireland through this project.

Salary: €19,665 per annum pro rata (€9,832.50 per annum part-time)

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
The research assistant will work closely with the Principal Investigator in the various stages of this project, including preparation of a literature review, data collection, data analyses and summary, meetings with stakeholders, and administrative and research duties in support of the production of a final report. Travel within Ireland is required.

Selection Criteria
Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post.
Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.

• MLIS or MSc in Information Systems, completed or in progress, including formal training in
relevant subjects, e.g., Research Methods, Information Behaviour
• Excellent research skills, including excellent qualitative research practice and generic research skills.
• Excellent information skills, including information management, time management and communication skills
• Able to travel to conduct interviews in Ireland and to attend meetings with stakeholders in Ireland

• Proficient with relevant software packages, including RefWorks, Nvivo, Microsoft Office.
• Efficient typist/keyboarder

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