Research Assistant/Associate

University of Glassgow
February 16, 2023
Offerd Salary:£37,474 - £42,155
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Research Assistant/Associate

Job Purpose

You will contribute to a project to define the role of reversible modification of methionine residues in the regulation of protein function working with Professor Neil Bulleid in collaboration with Professor Richard Hartley and Dr Brian Smith. The successful candidate will also be expected to carry out high quality research leading to the formulation and submission of research publications 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 project deliverables and group 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. Establish 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.

4. Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.

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

6. Assist 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.

7. Assist in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.

8. Contribute to teaching activities e.g. demonstrating etc. and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with Principal Investigator.

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

10. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.

11. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the PI.

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

Additional duties and responsibilities for grade 7:

13.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.

14.Take a leading role in surveying the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.

15.Take a lead in identifying potential funding sources and to assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.

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

These 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.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience



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

A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of protein secretion, post- translational modification, protein purification, cell transfections, gene editing by CRISPR/Cas9.

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

For grade 7:

A4 SCQF 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 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach

C2 Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability with synthetic chemists

C3 Excellent communication skills, both 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 and time management skills

C6 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate

C7 Self-motivation, initiative and independent thought/working


E1 Experience of protein characterisation by SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, immunoisolation.

E2 Experience of cell-culture, transfections, and basic molecular biology techniques

For Grade 7:

E3 Knowledge of protein purification systems – particularly Akta.

E4 Experience and knowledge of genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9 both for knock out and knock in approaches.

E5 Experience of working independently, drafting, and editing publications to a high standard.

E6 Knowledge of protein folding and modification in the secretory pathway.

E7 Oral presentation of work at international conferences

E8 Experience of undergraduate or post-graduate project students

E9 Commitment to open research.

Closing date - 16 February 2023

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 7, £37,474 - £42,155 per annum.

This post is full time, and has funding for up to 1 year from start date.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

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Vacancy Ref : 107149 Close Date : 16-Feb-2023 23:45

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