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
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
11. Carry out modest Teaching activities (e.g demonstrating etc) and
associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with
12. Be responsible for safety management related to the organisation and
running of Laboratory and/or Experimental techniques, equipment and processes
13. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the
14. Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both
specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career
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. gla.ac.uk/about/strategy/people/
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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