Research Assistant/Research Associate
You will contribute to/make a leading contribution to a project, developing
New tools to identify malaria vector habitats from high resolution Earth
Observation data working with Dr Kimberly Fornace (School of Biodiversity,
One Health and Veterinary Medicine) and Dr Brian Barrett (School of
Geographical and Earth Sciences). 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. This role will focus
on developing deep learning tools to analyse drone and satellite imagery for
control programmes. The successful candidate will work closely with partners
in both Peru and Tanzania with international travel to support field
activities and collaborations with these partners.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of
the Principal/Co Investigator:
1. Plan and conduct analysis to develop and refine deep learning tools using
satellite-based and aerial Earth Observation data to detect mosquito breeding
2. Collate, process and extract Earth Observation data and entomological
field survey data in collaboration with project partners in Peru and Tanzania.
3. Support the development of software user interfaces, example workflows and
procedures to conduct paired drone and larval surveys and analyse resulting
4. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all
data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports
and papers as appropriate.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/group
meetings/seminars/workshops across the research
Group/School/College/University and wider community.
9. 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 admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with
10. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the
11. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.
12. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the
Director of School/PI.
13. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile
in line with the University's Strategic Plan, Inspiring People Changing the
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 data science, image
analysis or remote sensing
A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or
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
B1 An awarded (or recently submitted or near completion) PhD in subject
specialism or equivalent.
C1 Demonstrated proficiency in Python or R statistical programming language
and other relevant data analysis tools
C2 Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability as
C3 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public
presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and
C4 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate
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
E1 Sufficient relevant research experience (or equivalent) appropriate to an
early career researcher
E2 Experience in analysis of large spatial datasets
E3 Experience of scientific writing, including documentation of developed code
E4 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
For appointment at grade 7:
E5 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in
E6 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities
E7 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.
E8 Experience in undertaking independent research
F1 Experience in analysis of epidemiological datasets on vector-borne or other
F2 Demonstrated skills developing deep learning methods for image analysis
(e.g. convolutional neural networks)
F3 Previous experience with international and multidisciplinary projects
Please note that as part of your application you must address and
demonstrate how you meet EACH of the essential/desirable criteria, point by
Our School is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. As we are a
merging of two Athena Swan Silver award winning bodies (the School of
Veterinary Medicine and the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health &
Comparative Medicine) we aim to achieve an Athena Swan award for the School
of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
The award demonstrates our commitment to best practice in recruiting and
supporting the career development and progression of female scientists,
addressing gender inequalities in higher education. The Athena SWAN Charter
recognises commitment to advancing gender equality in Science, Technology,
Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.
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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.
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. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/payandpensions/pensions/, benefits and
3 A flexible approach to working.
4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing
https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/.
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. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/.
We endorse the principles of Athena Swan
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and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.
We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please
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