Research Associate

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

October 20, 2022


Research Associate

Job Purpose

As an expert in nano-microsystems research the candidate will make leading contributions to the exciting and ambitious EPSRC funded project (PATIENT): Photodynamic Therapy via Implantable Microsystems for Cancer Treatment. The candidate will be based within the Microelectronics Lab (MeLab, https: // www. whilst collaborating within an interdisciplinary team, lead by Prof. David Flynn (PI), and engaging with internationally recognised experts in bioengineering (Prof. Jon Copper), pathology diagnostics and stratified medicine for cancer and its precursor diseases (Prof. Karin Oien), wireless healthcare technologies (Prof. Muhammad Imran) and nanoelectronics (Prof. Hadi Heidrai).

“PATIENT” is a risk speculative research project that aims to create a ground- breaking treatment in response to the unmet clinical need of bladder cancer through a radical, world-first in photodynamic therapy (PDT) from an implantable medical microsystem. By discovering the efficacy requirements of photodynamic polymers to the responses of 2D and 3D cancer cells, we will create an entirely new technology – PDT via Implantable Microsystems. This will require discovery and research, coupled with co-creation involving stakeholders, to inform the design and optimisation of assembly as well as testing of this complex multi-material wireless microsystem.

Working within this world leading research team will also involve direct collaboration with our project partners: The Medical Device Manufacturing Centre (MDMC) and the Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre (DHI). The candidate will engage with an international audience through the representation of our research findings at high profile international conferences and high impact journals.

The candidate will lead the system design and fabrication of this new PD wireless microsystem, whilst liaising with interdisciplinary experts in wireless systems, materials and cancer therapy. The candidate will lead the formulation and submission of research publications and support research proposals as well as the management of the project.

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

10. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

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

12. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan, World Changers Together.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

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 role(s).

A2 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of nanosystem and microsystem design and fabrication theory and technologies.



C1 Knowledge of wireless microsystem technical models and equipment or techniques utilised within microelectronic cleanrooms for fabrication and analysis.

C2 Proven ability to couple theoretical and simulated models to design requirements of the fabrication of nano/microsystems.

C3 The ability to deliver high quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner, in the form of presentations and academic publications.



E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including PhD or postdoctoral experience in a related field e.g. biomedical technologies, microsystems etc, appropriate to an early career researcher.

E2 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences.

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 and analysis of experiments and drafting of papers.

E5 Experience in undertaking independent research.


To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality Publish and seek funding as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescales Informal supervision and support of less experienced members of the project team e.g. postgraduate and project students

Undertake teaching or other duties in accordance with school policy Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory Leadership in the design and implementation in your specific research project(s) as appropriate

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 18 months

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 : 098291 Close Date : 20-Oct-2022 23:45

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