We seek to recruit an environmental engineer / microbiologist / biomedical
engineer who will take a systems perspective on mixed microbial
communities and will use state of the art fluidics to make a leading
contribution to a major new EPSRC funded research programme in Decentralised
Water Technologies working with Dr Stephanie Connelly, Dr Umer Ijaz and Prof.
William Sloan. Presently, optimisation of the biology underpinning
environmental biotechnologies is a slow and time intensive process often
involving manual preparation and monitoring of a large number of replicate
experiments under a range of conditions.
In this role, the successful candidate will instead develop novel experimental
procedures / platforms that enable high-throughput, automated experimentation
to evolve microbial communities to perform particular tasks. The platforms
could either use bespoke microfluidics or the novel use of commercial analytic
tools, like flow cytometry and cell sorting.
The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team with technology
developers, scientists, engineers and social scientists from Glasgow,
Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Newcastle Universities and with water professionals
from Scottish Water. They 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
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. Take a leading 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.
2. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all
data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports
and papers as appropriate.
3. 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 independent and joint 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.
4. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research
challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a
suitable research strategy.
5. Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at
internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance
our research profile.
6. Take a leading 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.
7. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with
colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider
community (e.g. Academic and Industrial Partners).
8. Take a leading role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School
research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture
of the School/College.
9. Take the lead 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.
10. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research
group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.
11. Make a leading contribution to Teaching activities (e.g. demonstrating
etc) and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in
consultation with Principal Investigator.
12. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the
13. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both
specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career
14. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of
School/Director of Research Institute.
15. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile
in line with the University's Strategic Plan, World Changers Welcome.
Knowledge / Qualifications
A1. 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
A2. A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future
directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism.
C1. A track record of research in using micro- or milli- fluidics to
manipulate biological cells.
C2. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
D1 experience in theoretical aspects of microbial ecology.
E1. Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including
sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early
E2. A track record of presentation and publication of research results in
E3. Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities
E4. 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.
E5. Experience in undertaking independent research
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 3 years
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
https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/athenaswan/
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. gla.ac.uk/explore/jobs/ for more information.
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