Research Assistant/Associate

University of Glassgow
July 04, 2024
Offerd Salary:£36,024/£39,347
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Research Assistant/Associate Job Purpose

You will contribute to/make a leading contribution to a programme grant awarded by British Heart Foundation entitled: Targeting RUNX to Attenuate Adverse Cardiac Remodelling and Progression to Heart Failure working with Professors Christopher Loughrey, Stuart Nicklin, Ewan Cameron and Colin Berry (University of Glasgow).

The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals, supervision of students within the research group as well as help manage and direct this project as opportunities allow.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal/Co Investigators:

1. Plan and conduct relevant ex vivo and in vivo cardiovascular research in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/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 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. 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 research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.

9. Carry out modest teaching activities (e.g demonstrating etc) and associated administration as assigned by the 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 duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Director of Research.

13. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan.

For Grade 7 Appointment

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. Develop expertise in 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 Sufficient specialist experience of relevant laboratory techniques appropriate for the objectives of the project.

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

For appointment at grade 7:

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)


B1 Sufficient specialist experience of relevant animal surgical skills appropriate for the objectives of the project (e.g. myocardial infarction, ischemia reperfusion, total aortic constriction etc)

B2 Specialist experience of phenotyping cardiac function in vivo (in particular echocardiography and/or pressure volume measurements)

B3 Specialist experience of phenotyping cardiac function ex vivo.

B4 An awarded or recently submitted or near completion PhD in subject specialism or equivalent

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


C1 Project or subject specific skills.

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 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism.

C10 Knowledge of project specific technical models, equipment or techniques.

C11 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher



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

E2 Project or subject specific experience

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

E7 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities

E8 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.

E9 Experience in undertaking independent research

Desirable :

F1 An emerging national or international reputation

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade 6/7, £32,332 - £36,024/£39,347- £44,263 per annum.

This post finishes on the 9th October 2026.

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 : 147368 Close Date : 04-Jul-2024 23:45

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