Research Assistant/Associate

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

December 9, 2021


Research Assistant/Associate

Job Purpose

This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the project Personalised Exercise-Rehabilitation for people with Multiple long-term conditions (PERFORM) which aims to produce a personalised exercise-rehabilitation programme for people living with multiple long term health conditions that factors in these complex needs. The researcher will be working with (Profs Frances Mair, Emma McIntosh, Rod Taylor and Dr Bhautesh Jani).

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:

1. Plan and conduct assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the PERFORM project deliverables and Institute of Health and Wellbeing and MVLS College research strategy.

2. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.

3. Develop and enhance your research profile and reputation of The University of Glasgow/ Institute of Health and Wellbeing, 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/ group/ meetings/ seminars/ workshops across the research Group/School/College/University and wider community.

7. 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.

8. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the PERFORM research group and Institute of Health and Wellbeing, including Budgets/Expenditure.

9. Carry out modest Teaching activities e.g. supervision and marking and associated admin as assigned by the Director of Institute and in consultation with Principal Investigator.

10. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.

11. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.

12. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Director of Institute of Health and Wellbeing.

13. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan, Inspiring People Changing The World.

For appointment at grade 7:

14. 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.

15. Establish and sustain a track record of independent and joint published research to establish and maintain your expert reputation in the subject area.

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



A1 SCQF Level 10 (Honours degree) in a relevant subject or a cognate discipline, or equivalent.

A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of health sciences/epidemiology/health economics or other relevant subject (e.g. statistics, health service research).

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


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

For appointment at grade 7: Essential:

A4 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)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


C1 Project or subject specific skills (statistical/epidemiological research methods)

C2 Record of use of statistical software such as R, STATA, Python or other equivalent statistical software

C3 Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate

C4 Excellent communication skills oral and written, including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely

C5 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach

C6 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills

C7 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate

C8 Self-motivation, initiative and independent thought/working

C9 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach

For appointment at grade 7:


C10 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the sphere of epidemiology research

C11 Knowledge of a range of statistical analyses to address relevant hypotheses/ research questions including use of statistical software such as R, STATA, Python or other equivalent statistical software packages.

C12 Sufficient depth of relevant research epidemiological experience, normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher

C13 Good critical and innovative thinking skills


D1 Knowledge of clustering techniques for statistical data analysis



E1 Sufficient relevant research experience (or equivalent) appropriate to an early career researcher

E2 Project or subject specific experience (quantitative/observational epidemiological research)

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 Experience of using or preparing large electronic health datasets for epidemiological research

E7 Experience of quantitative/observational epidemiological research

E8 Experience of undertaking detailed statistical analyses to address relevant hypotheses/ research questions

E9 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

E10 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences

E11 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities

E12 Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design & analysis of research projects & drafting of papers.

E13 Experience in undertaking independent research using a range of methodological approaches in epidemiology/statistics.

E14 Commitment to open research, as appropriate to the discipline, through open data, open code, open educational resources, and practices that support replication.

E15 Proven commitment to supporting the career development of colleagues and to other forms of collegiality appropriate to the career stage.


F1 Experience of clustering techniques

F2 Experience of working in an epidemiology research environment or of real- world health data analysis

F3 Experience of economic analyses

Please note that as part of your application you must address and demonstrate how you meet EACH of the essential/desirable criteria, point by point.

Any further enquiries on this post may be directed to Professor Frances Mair,

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade 6/7, £29,614 - £33,309/£36,382 - £40,927 per annum, pro rata.

This post is part time (17.5 hours per week) and has funding for 12 months.

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 Reference: 071807, Closing Date: 9 December 2021

Vacancy Ref : 071807 Close Date : 09-Dec-2021 23:45

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