Research Assistant

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

October 5, 2021


Research Assistant

Job Purpose

The successful candidate will contribute to autistic spectrum disorders and learning disabilities research. These projects will make use of Scottish census, CPRD primary care and other population-based datasets. The successful candidate will be supported to develop cutting edge research skills and take advantage of relevant training to develop their career.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Observatory Director, project PIs and other researchers on the project team:

  • Conduct analysis of Scotland's Census data and other linked datasets; including developing analysis plans and interpretation of results.
  • Lead on writing research publications, such as academic papers, reports and policy briefings.
  • Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project and subject area, and contribute to the development of a suitable research strategy.
  • Assist and contribute to the planning and delivery of research objectives agreed by our funders in accordance with the project deliverables under supervision of the Observatory Director, PIs and in accordance with the Institute of Health & Wellbeing research strategy.
  • Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.
  • Ensure all research data is maintained in accordance with existing and new Data Protection Regulations, and NHS governance arrangements.
  • Contribute to research impact activities that have potential for economic/societal benefit
  • 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, as opportunities arise.
  • Contribute to developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the Institute of Health & Wellbeing and wider community, including collaborators in third sector organisations and the NHS.
  • Project manage research projects
  • Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field of learning disabilities and autism research.
  • Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.
  • Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Director of the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory and/or PI.
  • Contribute to the enhancement of the University's International profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan - Inspiring People - Changing the World. https:// www.
  • These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight several major tasks, which you may be reasonably expected to perform.

    Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


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

    A2. Up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge in quantitative research methods.

    A3. Understanding of relevant health and safety policies and procedures relative to the role. A4. Knowledge and practical experience in the design and analysis of quantitative health research, including statistical analysis.


    B1 - An awarded or recently submitted or near completion PhD in subject specialism or equivalent



    C1. Demonstrable ability to analyse datasets relevant to health, healthcare, and wider determinants of health.

    C2. Skilled in the application of one or more statistical software packages to conduct data analysis e.g. SPSS, R, SAS, STATA.

    C3. Appraisal skills as applied to published research. C4. Highly motivated, ability to use initiative and quick to learn new techniques.

    C5. Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach. C6. Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely.

    C7. IT and data interpretation skills. C8. Ability to work independently and manage workload

    C9. Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach.

    C10. Project management skills


    Essential: E1. Sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge in related research area and in quantitative research methods and techniques relevant to autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities or a related area, demonstrated through academic or work experience.

    E2. Practical experience in the management and handling of datasets. E3. Practical application of statistical methods including appropriate analysis techniques for handling outcome data and interpretation of findings.

    E4. Experience of scientific writing and leading or contributing to academic peer-reviewed publications. E5. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner.

    E6. Experience of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences. E7. Experience of contributing to academic activities; including experience of public engagement.

    E8. Ability to demonstrate contribution to assessment of the literature, design & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers. E9. Experience in undertaking research.

    E10. Experience of project management

    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.

    For informal enquiries please contact Angela Henderson, Director of Policy and Impact, via email at

    Terms and Conditions

    Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade 6, £29,614 - £33,309 per annum.

    This post is full time and has funding for up to 18 months.

    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: 066467, Closing Date: 5 October 2021

    Vacancy Ref : 066467 Close Date : 05-Oct-2021 23:45

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