Research Associate / Fellow(s) in Software Development for Digital Chemistry and Chemical Robotics

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

December 20, 2021

Description

Research Associate / Fellow(s) in Software Development for Digital Chemistry and Chemical Robotics

Job Purpose

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to join the vibrant and dynamic team of Prof. Lee Cronin (Complex Chemical Systems Group - www. croninlab.com). The researcher will be working in the area of artificial intelligence in chemistry, algorithm development chemical information, chemical synthesis, and exploring chemical space working in a multidisciplinary team. You will have skills / and / or interested in some of the following: artificial intelligence, multistep organic synthesis, robotics, chemical automation, programming, scripting and algorithm development. Candidates with some hobby level expertise in electronics / 3D printing are encouraged to apply.

You will have a PhD in Chemistry with a strong Computer Science background and programming skills.

For appointment at grade 8 some post doctorial experience in multiple areas as listed above, or at the interdisciplinary interface and / or some expertise in running a team would be required

Main Duties and Responsibilities Perform the following activities in conjunction with the Principal/Co Investigator:

  • Take a role in the planning and conduct of assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy.
  • Take a role in the development of analytical pipelines and the application of regression, classification and unsupervised learning techniques to chemical platforms.
  • Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow/ School/ Research Group, including establishing and sustaining a track record of 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.
  • Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.
  • Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.
  • Take a role in 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.
  • Take a role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider community (eg. Academic and Industrial Partners).
  • Take a role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.
  • Help in 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.
  • Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the PI. For appointment at grade 8
  • Take the lead in identifying and attracting new sources of independent and external research funding and researchers into this research area as opportunities permit to support future research.
  • To present research findings at high profile national and international conferences, seminars and meetings to raise the profile of the research group in order to enhance the research strength of the School.
  • To take a primary role in working with current Cronin-group industrial collaborators, centres, and potential industrial end users as well as identifying and establishing new collaborative agreements to support the research of the group and School.
  • To make a leading contribution to the management of the team/project and sustain an enhanced level of academic outputs and profile.
  • These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.

    These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.

    Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

    Knowledge/Qualifications

    Essential:

    A1 An awarded PhD or equivalent in subject specialism.

    A2 Specialist in informatics or software development, theoretical and practical knowledge of computer programming, machine learning and an interest in synthetic chemistry.

    A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism

    A4 Knowledge of project-specific technical models, equipment or techniques

    A5 Knowledge of specialist IT software (e.g. Python, C, GitHUB, MatLab, LabView, R) as appropriate

    For appointment at grade 8 Essential:

    A6 Some reputation in, and insight into, a relevant internationally competitive research area.

    A7 Knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area

    Skills Essential:

    C1 Chemical informatics and computer programming with interest in automation in any guise.

    C2 Research creativity and strong 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

    C9 Good Team Leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills

    C10 MATLAB or other programming languages (as noted above)

    For appointment at Grade 8 Essential:

    C11 Able to work both individually as well as part of a team and manage staff members as appropriate to disseminate findings to colleagues;

    C12 Strong cross-discipline collaborative ability, including evidence of working across industry and academia;

    C13 Able to work in both industrial and academic environments with a good understanding of key legislative and policy frameworks

    C14 Comfortable developing expertise in multiple fields

    Desirable:

    D1 Exploring organic synthesis using computer-based approaches

    D2 Comfortable developing expertise in multiple fields

    Experience Essential:

    E1 Sufficient relevant research experience normally 2-3 years

    E2 Experience of scientific writing

    E3 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

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

    E5 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities

    E6 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.

    E7 Experience in undertaking independent research

    E8 Experience of computer programming / modelling

    For Appointment at Grade 8 Essential:

    E9 Experience of leading and contributing to applications for research grants

    E10 Experience in undertaking independent experimental, theoretical and applied research

    Desirable:

    F1 An emerging national or international reputation

    F2 Experience of robotic platforms, feedback control systems and databases.

    Standard Terms and Conditions

    Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade, level 7/8, £36,382 - £40,927 / £44,706 - £51,799 per annum.

    This post is full time with funding up to 2 years in the first instance,.

    New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

    Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

    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 Ref : 073110 Close Date : 20-Dec-2021 23:45

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