The postholder will support the work of the Suicidal Behaviour Research
Laboratory and a range of research projects associated with the Lab working on
data collection, management, literature reviews, analysis and training
development. Specifically the job requires expert knowledge in suicide and
self-harm or related fields.
The post-holder will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and
submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help
manage and direct complex and challenging project(s), as opportunities
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 Principal Investigator (PI;
Professor Rory O'Connor) and in accordance with project deliverables and IHW
2. Undertake scoping and literature reviews and analyses of data as
appropriate to the role.
3. Develop and enhance your research profile and reputation and that 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. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all
data, maintaining records and databases ensuring compliance with GDPR,
drafting progress reports and papers as required.
5. Contribute to the presentation of work at international and national
conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops, and
other groups as directed by the PI, in order to develop and enhance our
6. 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.
7. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/group
meetings/seminars/workshops across the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and
wider community (e.g. academic and industrial partners).
8. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the SBRL and
other projects as required.
9. Contribute to outreach and recruitment activities of the University of
10. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field
11. Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both
specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career
12. Undertake any other reasonable duties as assigned by the Director of the
Institute of Health and Wellbeing
13. 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:
14. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research
individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and in
accordance with the project deliverables and IHW research strategy.
15. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all
data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports
and papers as appropriate
16. 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.
17. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research
challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a
suitable research strategy.
18. Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at
internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance
our research profile.
19. 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.
20. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with
colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider
community (e.g. Academic and Industrial Partners).
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research
group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.
24. 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.
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
A1. Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 10 (Honours Degree).
May be working towards post-graduate qualification such as Masters (SCQF
level 11) or PhD (SCQF level 12) in relevant subject area.
A2. Theoretical and practical knowledge in the research related field.
A3. Up to date and comprehensive knowledge of current issues in suicide
research and prevention.
A4. Knowledge of specialist IT software, as appropriate.
For appointment at Grade 7:
A5. 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
A6. A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future
directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism
A7. Knowledge of project-specific technical models, equipment or techniques
B1. Working towards or completed PhD (SCQF level 12) in the research related
Knowledge and Skills
C1. Interpersonal skills, particularly in relation to working with the
C2. Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability as
C3. Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate
C4. Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public
presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and
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. Initiative and judgement to resolve problems independently, including
demonstrating a flexible and pragmatic approach
C9. Organisational/managerial skills.
D1. Sufficient breadth and/or depth of knowledge in working with the study
population in a range of settings and of research/teaching methods and
techniques, demonstrated through relevant work experience (including
experience gained throughout PhD)
D2. Experience in the collection and analysis of data, including experience
using statistical software.
D3. Experience of writing and presenting of quantitative data.
D4. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
D5. Evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field
For appointment at Grade 7:
D6. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
D7. A track record of presentation and publication of research results in
D8. Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities
D9. 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.
D10. Experience in undertaking independent research Commitment to open
research, as appropriate to the discipline, through open data, open code, open
educational resources and practices that support replication.
D11. Proven commitment to supporting the career development of colleagues and
to other forms of collegiality appropriate to the career stage.
E1. Experience relevant to suicide research and prevention.
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
Planning and Organising
Management of time and prioritisation of research and administrative duties to
achieve relevant project goals.
Planning, organisation and implementation of research project on a
Plan research directions that are within the available budget.
React to varying project needs and deadlines as assigned by PI and AAG.
Undertake decision making on all aspects of research project/activities.
Prioritise own workload.
Decide on research directions and goals within remit of original project
Adjust research approaches to meet project outcomes.
Identify best journals for publication and meetings/conferences to attend.
Purchase of equipment and materials.
University colleagues: to exchange information to ensure efficient working, to
ensure consistency in data gathering, and to facilitate cross disciplinary
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.
Research including technical and theoretical aspects/problem solving and
development of novel ideas.
Be aware of project and budgetary issues and equipment lead times.
Representation of the University/College/IHW through presentation at national
and international events.
Attendance at training events to learn and implement new research
Prepared to travel to meetings in the UK/Europe and elsewhere as required by
The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing gender equality in
science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in
academia. The Institute of Health and Wellbeing has achieved a Gold Award.
Further information at
https:// www. gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/healthwellbeing/athenaswan/
The Institute of Health & Wellbeing 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.
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade, level 6/7
£29,614 - -£33,309 / £36,382 - £40,927 per annum.
This position is full time and with funding up to 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
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.
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Closing Date 1st August 2022
Vacancy Ref : 090727 Close Date : 01-Aug-2022 23:45