We are seeking to appoint an experienced Research Associate to work within the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology (WCIP) at the School of Infection and Immunity under the supervision of Professor Rick Maizels (Principal Investigator).
The post will focus on interactions between small molecule products of helminth parasites and the host immune system.
The post requires extensive knowledge and practical experience in immunology, cell culture and analysis of immune responses at both the cellular and molecular levels. Applicants will be required to hold a Home Office personal licence for research with animals.
The School of Infection and Immunity is one of eight Schools in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences which is the largest of the University's four Colleges. The School comprises scientists and clinicians working together to promote and develop research, drug discovery and improvements in patient care. It is committed to excellence in graduate and post-graduate teaching and developing the next generation of researchers.
You will make a leading contribution to a project funded by a US-based start- up company, Holoclara Inc. https: // www. holoclara.com, investigating molecular interactions in the immune system which may lead to new therapies for allergic and autoimmune disorders.
The post holder will be working with Professor Rick Maizels Principal Investigator in the Welcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology within the School of Infection and Immunity.
You will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of reports, research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this exciting project as opportunities allow.
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 the group research strategy.
2. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate.
3. Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow, including establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of societal benefit, and gathering indicators of esteem.
4. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project and subject area, and implement a suitable research strategy.
5. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the School and wider community.
6. Take a leading role in group meetings and School research activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School.
7. 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.
8. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including budgets/expenditure.
9. Make a leading contribution to teaching activities e.g. demonstrating etc. and associated admin as assigned by the Director of Institute and in consultation with Principal Investigator.
10. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field.
11. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.
12. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Director of Research.
13. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan – World Changers Together
A1. Normally Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 PhD in Immunology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Virology or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related roles.
Knowledge and Skills
C1. A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge in Immunology related to the field of research.
C2. Excellent skills in a range of immunology techniques, including multiparameter flow cytometry.
C3. Skills in handling RNA, RT-PCR amplification and analysis.
C4. Skills in tissue culture of immune system cells.
C5. Knowledge of mouse models of immunity, including techniques for experimental intervention and evaluation of in vivo responses.
C6. Sufficient depth of relevant research experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher.
D1. Skills in array and / or RNA sequencing analysis of host and / or parasite mRNA expression.
D2. Skills with bioinformatic analyses.
D3. Familiarity with protein modification and purification techniques.
E1. In-depth experience with animal models of immunity and/or inflammation.
E2. Experience with immunological techniques such as cell isolation, flow cytometry, antibody staining and tissue culture of cells.
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 and analysis of experiments and drafting of papers
E7. 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 until 31 December 2023.
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 discount packages.
3 A flexible approach to working.
4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University 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.
Informal Enquiries should be directed to Professor Rick Maizels, [email protected] or phone 0141 330 3745.
Vacancy Ref: 106289, Closing Date:
Vacancy Ref : 106289 Close Date : 14-Feb-2023 23:45