Research Assistant / Research Associate

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

November 4, 2021


Research Assistant / Research Associate

Job Purpose

You will contribute to/make a leading contribution to a MRC funded research project investigating the metabolic regulation of the Tb response.

The postholder will be working in the Immunobiology research area within the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation under the supervision of Dr Georgia Perona-Wright.

You 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 exciting project as opportunities allow.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal Investigator

1. Plan and conduct assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/Institute/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/Institute/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/Institute/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 Institute, including budgets/expenditure.

9. Carry out modest teaching activities (eg demonstrating etc) and associated admin as assigned by the Principal Investigator 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 duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Principal Investigator.

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

Additionally, 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.

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.



A1. SCQF Level 10 (Honours degree) in Immunology or Infection Biology or a cognate discipline, or equivalent specialist theoretical and practical knowledge in a research related field.

A2. 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 or equivalent.

Additionally, for appointment at grade 7:


A3. 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 and Skills


C1. Extensive and practical knowledge in research relevant to the study of cellular immunology, mucosal immunology and/or immunometabolism.

C2. Knowledge of inflammation biology and in vivo models of disease.

C3. Extensive skills in a range of cellular and molecular techniques (e.g. multiparameter flow cytometry and cell sorting, qPCR, transcriptomic analyses, metabolic manipulation).

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

C5. Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability, with strong interpersonal skills including communication, team working and a collegiate approach.

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

C7. Data analysis and interpretation skills as appropriate.

C8. Problem solving skills, including a flexible and pragmatic approach

C9. Self-motivation, initiative and independent thought/working.

Additionally, for appointment at grade 7:

C10. A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the subject specialism, with knowledge of project specific technical models, equipment or techniques.

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


D1. Knowledge of, and skills in, in vivo models of Tb biology.

D2. Skills in histology and/or immunofluorescence imaging of immune responses or immune pathology, and relevant interpretation of such data.



E1.Sufficient relevant research experience demonstrating proven ability to deliver collaborative research and quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner.

E2. Experience core cellular and molecular technologies, including in vivo biology.

E3. Experience of scientific writing and evidence of an emerging track record of publications.

Additionally, for appointment at grade 7:

E4. A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences.

E5. 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.

E6. Experience in undertaking independent research.

Further Enquiries

This is a full time post and has funding available until 31 August 2023

Any further enquiries on this post may be directed to Dr Perona-Wright via email

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.

This is a full time post and has funding available until 31 August 2023.

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: 069272, Closing Date: 4 November 2021

Vacancy Ref : 069272 Close Date : 04-Nov-2021 23:45

Similar Jobs

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom Oct 15, 2021

Add to favorites

Research Assistant/Associate

To make a leading contribution to the project to address questions of CO2 2. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all 3. Develop and enhance your research profile and reputation and that of...

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom Oct 19, 2021

Add to favorites

Research Assistant

intervention research led by Professor Sharon Simpson. contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct complex projects within 5. Document research output including analysis...

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom Oct 19, 2021

Add to favorites

Research Associate

The main purpose of this post is to contribute to the group's research in postholder requires up to date knowledge, understanding and experience of complex systems simulation modelling (including spatial agent-based models) and knowledge/experience of...