21 Sep

Research Assistant Jobs Vacancy at University Glasgow Glasgow

Position
Research Assistant
Company
University Glasgow
Location
Glasgow SCT
Opening
21 Sep, 2018 30+ days ago

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Research Assistant Jobs Vacancy at University Glasgow Glasgow Jobs Details:

You will contribute to a project within our research programme on mechanisms of malaria transmission stage formation and tissue sequestration.

Postholder will be working in the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology [WCMP] within the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation under the supervision of Professor Matthias Marti (Principal Investigator).

Specifically, the job requires good knowledge in molecular and cellular biology, genetics and immunology, and hands on experience in genetic manipulation technologies, multiple microscopy platforms, biochemical assays, cell and tissue culture, histology, work with mouse models, microfluidics platforms and omics analyses (genome, transcriptome, proteome).

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 and under the guidance of the Principal Investigator (PI):

1. Assist and contribute to predetermined, prescribed or individual / joint research objectives, under supervision of the PI and in accordance with the project deliverables and Institute research strategy.
2. Undertake analyses of malaria transmission stages in vitro and in vivo in the context of the research programme, or undertake literature reviews (as appropriate to the role).
3. Design, set up and perform experiments, maintain experimental resources, analyse and interpret results and contribute to the development of experimental strategies.
4. Contribute to 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.
5. Develop and enhance your research profile and reputation and that of the University of Glasgow, Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, including contributing to 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.
6. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.
7. Contribute to the presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.
8. Contribute to the identification of potential funding sources and assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.
9. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team / group meetings / seminars / workshops across the research Institute and wider community (e.g. academic and industrial partners).
10. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and Institute including budget and expenditure monitoring, and stock control.
11. Contribute to outreach and recruitment activities of the University of Glasgow.
12. Carry out modest teaching activities (e.g. demonstrating etc) and associated administration as assigned by the Director of Institute and in consultation with PI.
13. Be responsible for safety management related to the organisation and running of laboratory and/or experimental techniques, equipment and processes as appropriate.
14. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.
15. Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.
16. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Director of Institute and / or PI.
17. 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 reasonably be expected to perform.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge/Qualifications
Essential:
A1. A1. SCQF level 10 (Honours Degree). May be working towards post-graduate qualification such as a Masters (SCQF level 11) or PhD (SCQF level 12) in Microbiobiology or Parasitology or other relevant subject. OR equivalent professional qualifications in relevant academic / research discipline, and experience of personal development in a similar role.
A2. Theoretical and practical knowledge in a research related field.
A3. A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or subject specialism.
A4. Knowledge of specialist IT software (e.g. Matlab, LabView, SAS) and other pipelines used for omics and statistical analyses (e.g., R and Graphpad Prism) as well as image processing and analysis.
A5. Knowledge of molecular and cellular biology, genetics and immunology, and hands on experience in genetic manipulation technologies, multiple microscopy platforms (see essential skills below) and biochemical assays, cell and tissue culture, histology, work with mouse models and omics analyses (genome, transcriptome, proteome).

Desirable:
B1. Working towards or completed SCQF Level 12 (PhD) in Microbiology or Parasitology or related field.

Skills
Essential:
C1. Ability to genetically manipulate parasites and molecular and genetic techniques. Microfluidics and pipette-based single cell manipulation.
C2. Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate.
C3. Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach.
C4. Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely.
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.

Desirable:
D1. Mass spectrometer operation.

Experience
Essential:
E1. Sufficient breadth and/or depth of knowledge in the specialist subject/discipline and of research/teaching methods and techniques, demonstrated through relevant work experience (including experience gained throughout PhD)
E2. Experience of cell / tissue culture and of working with human and rodent parasites and mouse models, including microscopy skills with these organisms. Preparation of parasite extracts and omics analysis of datasets.
E3. Experience with atomic force microscopy, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, super resolution microscopy
E4. Experience in the collection and analysis of data
E5. Experience of scientific writing
E6. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
E7. Evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field

Desirable:
F1. Experience with various parasite and animal models.

Job Features

Dimensions
To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality.
Publish 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 Institute / School policy.
Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

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 workload and where appropriate delegate to junior team members.
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.

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 and equipment lead times.
Assistance of undergraduate / postgraduate students and junior team members with problems relating to research project.

Other
Representation of the University/College/Institute through presentation at national and international events.
Attendance at training events to learn and implement new research technologies.
Prepared to travel to meetings in the UK/Europe and elsewhere as required by the University.
Funding for this post is available for one year initially.

Athena Swan
The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. The Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation has achieved a Bronze Award. Further information at http://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/iii/athenaswan/

The Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation supports the principle of flexible working and undertakes that all requests will be considered seriously.

The University of Glasgow is committed to promoting equality in all its activities and aims to provide a work, learning, research and teaching environment free from discrimination and unfair treatment.

Further Enquiries
Any further enquiries on this post may be directed to Professor Matt Marti via email Matthias.Marti@glasgow.ac.uk or phone 0141 330 3689.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 6,
£28,660- £32,236 per annum.

This post has funding for 12 months.

Interview Dates: Week commencing 12 November 2018.

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.

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.

Vacancy Ref : M00809, Closing Date : 22 October 2018

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