Research Assistant/Research Associate

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

October 6, 2022


Research Assistant/Research Associate

Job Purpose

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 sites

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 data.

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 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 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 World.

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 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 An awarded (or recently submitted or near completion) PhD in subject specialism or equivalent.


Essential :

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 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 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 quality journals/conferences

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 infectious diseases

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 point.

Additional Information

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. https: // www.

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., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing 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.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

Vacancy Ref : 096909 Close Date : 06-Oct-2022 23:45

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