Research Associate

University of Glassgow
June 20, 2024
Offerd Salary:£39,347 - £44,263
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Research Associate

Research Associate



Research and Teaching

Grade 7

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Research Associate to work within the research area of immune memory at the School of Infection and Immunity under the supervision of Dr Megan MacLeod Principal Investigator.

The post will focus on cytokine producing memory CD4 T cells and requires extensive knowledge and practical experience in immunology, animal models, flow cytometry, molecular analysis, and cell culture.

Job Purpose

You will also be expected to contribute to writing research and review publications, and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this exciting project as opportunities allow. Opportunities for teaching experience in the lab, via tutorials, and didactic lectures are available.

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 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. Contribute to 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 contribution to teaching activities in consultation with Principal Investigator and School teaching leads.

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

Please note that as part of your application you must address and demonstrate how you meet EACH of the essential / desirable criteria. If you do not address each criteria in the format explained above you will not be shortlisted for interview.



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 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 immunology or a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher.


D1. Skills in RNA sequencing.

D2. Skills in bioinformatic analyses.

D3. Skills in FACS sorting of immune cells.

D4. Skill in spectral flow cytometry.



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.

Further Information

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Megan MacLeod [email protected]

This post has approved funding on a full time basis (35 hours) until 04/08/27, initially.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 7, £39,347 - £44,263 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.

The University of Glasgow has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. If you require a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK, you will be required to meet the eligibility requirements of the visa route to be assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship.

Please note that this post may be eligible to be sponsored under the Skilled Worker visa route if tradeable points can be used under the Skilled Worker visa rules. For more information please visit: https: // www. worker-visa.

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, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University 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 : 147290 Close Date : 20-Jun-2024 23:45

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