Research Assistant / Associate

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

October 25, 2021


Research Assistant / Associate

You will contribute to a project ( Predictive Haptic Coding Devices In Next Generation interfaces (PH-CODING) ) working with ( Professor Ravinder Dahiya, (Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) Group) ). The PH-CODING project will develop the next generation ultra-intuitive user interfaces based on the main scientific hypothesis that any haptic interaction involves a very large number of widespread skin sensors whose signals have a relationship that is intrinsically modulated by the contact with the environment and the skin mechanics. In this regard, the project will design and fabricate a soft artificial eSKIN based on bendable electronics integrating a variety of micro-/nano-sensors, with the capacity to ‘perceive' multi-dimensional user input. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in materials for sensors, tactile sensing, electronic skin, and micro/nanofabrication. 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/Co Investigator: Subject specific tasks: add separately or embed within generics below. 1. Plan and conduct assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy. 2. Contribute to 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. Develop and enhance your research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow/ School/ Research Group, 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. 5. 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.

6. Contribute to 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. 7. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops across the research Group/School/College/University and wider community (e.g Academic and Industrial Partners).

8. 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. 9. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure

10. Contribute to outreach and recruitment activities of The University of Glasgow. 11. Carry out modest Teaching activities (e.g demonstrating etc) and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with Principal Investigator.

12. Be responsible for safety management related to the organisation and running of Laboratory and/or Experimental techniques, equipment and processes as appropriate. 13. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.

14. Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory. 15. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Head of School and/or PI.

16. To contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan - Inspiring People – Changing the World. https:// www. For appointment at grade 7:

17. Perform the above duties with a higher degree of independence, leadership and responsibility, particularly in relation to planning, funding, collaborating and publishing research, and mentoring colleagues. 18. Establish and sustain a track record of independent and joint published research to establish and maintain your expert reputation in the subject area.

19. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.

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



A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 10 (Honours Degree). May be working towards post-graduate qualification such as a Masters (Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 11) or PhD (Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12). Or Equivalent professional qualifications in relevant academic/research discipline, and experience of personal development in a similar role.

A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of soft lithography, micro/nanofabrication, materials for soft sensors

A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or subject specialism

A4 Knowledge of specialist IT software (e.g. LabView) as appropriate

A5 Knowledge of project-specific technical models, equipment or techniques, and characterisation tools.


B1 An awarded (or recently submitted or near completion) PhD in subject specialism or equivalent

For appointment at grade 7:


A6 Normally Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related role(s). A7 Specify A2-5 at a higher level or deeper specialisation if appropriate



C1 Project or subject specific skills in material synthesis and characterisation for soft sensors, soft lithography micro/nanofabrication.

C2 Research creativity and 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

For appointment at grade 7:

C9 Good Team Leadership skills

C10 Specify C1, C2, C5, C7 & C8 at a higher level or deeper specialisation as appropriate



E1 Sufficient breadth and/or depth of knowledge in specialist subject/discipline and of research/teaching methods and techniques to work within the subject area.

E2 Project or subject specific experience particularly in micro/nanofabrication and soft electronics/sensing

E3 Experience of scientific writing E4 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

E5 Evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field

For appointment at grade 7:

E6 Normally sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field

E7 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences

E8 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities E9 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.

E10 Experience in undertaking independent research


F1 An emerging national or international reputation

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade, level 6/7, £29,614 - £33,309 / £36,382 - £40,967 per annum.

This position is full time with a funding up to 11 months in the first instance .

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 equality. The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy Ref : 069468 Close Date : 25-Oct-2021 23:45

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