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Position: Research Associate
Institution: University of Glasgow
Department: School of Engineering
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Duties: Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy. Take a leading role in the acquisition, set up, maintenance and integration of experimental apparatus or computational kit, or in setting up theoretical models or analysis strategies. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy
Requirements: Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher. Experimental characterisation of microbial communities. Experience of scientific writing. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner. A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences. Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities
   
Text: Research Associate Reference Number 018173 Location Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building College / Service COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING Department SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING Job Family Research And Teaching Position Type Full Time Salary Range Job Purpose We require a statistician, mathematician, numerate scientist or bioinformatician to make a leading contribution on two EPSRC grants: a Frontier Engineering project on synthetic biology applications to water supply and remediation; and a GCRF project optimising novel low-cost, low-energy household-scale sanitation systems in a collaboration between the University of Glasgow and the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of 5 PDRAs across both projects and, based primarily at the University of Glasgow, will drive the development of simple, robust statistical and mathematical for the population structure and dynamics of microbial communities in water systems. The models will be informed by the analysis of next generation sequencing data and associated metadata. The candidate will also contribute to experimental design and to training of the team in the application of the analysis tools developed. Working with Professor William Sloan, Dr Umer Ijaz and Dr Stephanie Connelly, the successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow. Main Duties and Responsibilities Perform the following activities in conjunction with the Principal/Co Investigator: 1. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy. 2. Take a leading role in the acquisition, set up, maintenance and integration of experimental apparatus or computational kit, or in setting up theoretical models or analysis strategies. 3. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate. 4. Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow/ School/ Research Group, including establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, and gathering indicators of esteem. 5. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy. 6. Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile. 7. Take a leading role in the identification of potential funding sources and to assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research. 8. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider community (eg. Academic and Industrial Partners). 9. Take a leading role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College. 10. Take the lead in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development. 11. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure. 12. Make a leading contribution to outreach and recruitment activities of The University of Glasgow. 13. Make a leading contribution to Teaching activities (e.g demonstrating etc) and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with Principal Investigator. 14. Be responsible for safety management related to the organisation and running of Laboratory and/or Experimental techniques, equipment and processes as appropriate. 15. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline. 16. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory. 17. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Head of School and/or PI. 18. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan - Inspiring People - Changing the World. http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/strategy/people/ These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform. Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience Knowledge/Qualifications Essential: A1 Normally Scottish Credit and Qualification and Framework level 12 (PhD) or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development within similar or related roles(s) A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of mathematical modelling and systems biology or microbial ecology. A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism A4 Knowledge of specialist mathematical packages such as R or MATLAB A5 Knowledge of project-specific technical models, equipment or techniques Skills Essential: C1 Mathematical modelling, statistics or bioinformatics C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate C3 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely C4 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills C6 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate C7 Self motivation, initiative and independent thought/working C8 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach C9 Good Team Leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills Desirable: D1 Comfortable developing expertise in multiple fields D2 Demonstrable experience analysing and interpreting next generation sequencing data D3 Design and or implementation of statistically robust experiment programs enabling examination of complex microbial communities Experience Essential: E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher E2 Experimental characterisation of microbial communities E3 Experience of scientific writing E4 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner E5 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences E6 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities E7 Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers. E8 Experience in undertaking independent research Desirable: F1 An emerging national or international reputation Job Features Job Features The aspects described below will be performed in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal/Co Investigator. Dimensions To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality Publish and seek funding as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescales Informal supervision and support of less experienced members of the project team e.g. postgraduate and project students Undertake teaching or other duties in accordance with school policy Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory Leadership in the design and implementation in your specific research project(s) as appropriate Planning and Organising Management of time and prioritisation of research, teaching and administrative duties Planning, organisation and implementation of research project on a weekly/monthly basis Plan research directions that are within the available budget React to varying project needs and deadlines Decision Making Undertake decision making on all aspects of research project/activities Prioritise own, and where appropriate delegate to junior team members’, workload Decide on research directions and goals within remit of original project proposal Adjust research approaches to meet project outcomes Identify best journals for publication and meetings/conferences to attend Purchase of equipment and materials Safe and effective lab management Internal/External Relationships University colleagues: to exchange information to ensure efficient working and to facilitate cross disciplinary working External bodies/collaborators: proactively maintain co-operation and links at all levels to enhance profile and reputation Dissemination: Preparation and presentation of reports/results and participation in meetings and conference calls Problem Solving Research including technical and theoretical aspects, problem solving and development of novel ideas Be aware of project and budgetary issues, equipment lead times Assistance of undergraduate/postgraduate students and junior team members with problems relating to research project Other Representation of the University/College/School through presentation at national and international events Attendance at training events to learn and implement new research technologies Prepared to travel to work in the UK/Europe and elsewhere including Thailand / Cambodia as required by the University Standard Terms & Conditions Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £33,943 - £38,183 per annum. This post is funded until 30 April 2020. New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months. The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits. All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies. Vacancy Ref: 018173, closing date: 12 July 2017. It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment. We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401. More Info... Org Chart Research Associate post 018173.doc Org Chart Research Associate post 018173.doc
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