Research Assistant

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

January 5, 2022

Description

Research Assistant

Job Purpose

You will work in a vibrant and cross disciplinary research environment and contributing to projects elucidating the mechanics underlying Membrane traffic regulation for environmental stress responses in plants. As part of a team working with Dr Rucha Karnik which is part of the Plant Science Group at the University of Glasgow, the research requires expert knowledge in Plant Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Protein Biochemistry. 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. Abundant opportunities will be available for research, career and personal development.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Plan and conduct assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project in the Karnik lab/IMCSB/MVLS research strategy.

  • Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/ group/ meetings/ seminars/ workshops across the research Group/School/College/University and wider community.

  • 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.

  • Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.

  • Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.

  • Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.

  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of School/Director of Research Institute.

  • Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan, Inspiring People Changing The World.

  • Qualifications

    Essential

    A1 SCQF Level 10 Honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent

    A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of Plant Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Protein Biochemistry.

    A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area for plant physiology.

    Desirable

    B1 An awarded or recently submitted or near completion PhD in eukaryotic membrane biology/ plant biology

    Knowledge, Skills and Experience Essential

    C1 Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate

    C2 Excellence in communication skills oral and written, evidenced through public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely

    C3 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach

    C4 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills

    C5 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills, including knowledge of statistical analysis of scientific data.

    C6 Self-motivation, initiative and independent thought/working

    C7 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach

    Experience

    Essential

    E1 Experience in protein biochemistry, including immunoblot, SDS-PAGE

    E2 Sufficient relevant research experience in cell and membrane biology

    E3 Knowledge of basic microbiology, and E.coli based protein expression.

    E4 Experience of scientific writing

    E5 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

    Desirable

    F1 Evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field

    F2 Experience in protein handling and protein purification

    F3 Experience in protein-protein interactions analysis in vitro and in vivo.

    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 Dr Rucha Karnik, rucha.Karnik@glasgow.ac.uk

    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 with funding for 12 months in the first instance.

    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: 072888, Closing Date: 5 January 2022

    Vacancy Ref : 072888 Close Date : 05-Jan-2022 23:35

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