Research Technician

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

September 24, 2021


Research Technician

Job Purpose

To assist in providing an Analytical Service, including thermal analysis (TGA and DSC), BET and PXRD to the Science Hub, other University Departments and External Organisations.

In addition, to provide technical support to research laboratories contributing to the safe and efficient functioning of the laboratories and equipment including gas handling systems and pressurised reactors.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide in-depth technical support to users of a range of instruments within the College Analytical Suite. including thermal analysis (TGA and DSC), BET and PXRD.2. Collect, analyse and interpret data using standard procedures and ensure that accurate records are kept and databases are updated accordingly. Present findings accurately.

3. Provide in-depth technical support and contribute to the overall smooth and efficient running of the research laboratories.

4. Develop, create and test new equipment, systems, procedures, protocols, models and/or techniques. Diagnose faults and troubleshoot day-to-day problems carrying out appropriate maintenance as required.

5. Design, plan and organise technical activities to meet the needs of service users and research laboratory users within agreed timescales.

6. In consultation with relevant senior staff, ensure compliance with the University's safety policies, codes of practice and relevant legislation.

7. Maintain appropriate stock levels, including appropriate preparation of specialised media and samples as required, and purchase consumables and supplies within defined budget. Ensure safe implementation and ongoing storage of potentially hazardous materials.

8. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team meetings/discussions and contribute to the wider College/Institute/School activities through any other relevant duties as required by line management.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 7 Advanced Higher / Scottish vocational Qualification level 3, Higher National Certificate or equivalent, and experience of personal development in a similar role.

A2 Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of relevant analytical equipment.

A3 Detailed knowledge of relevant analytical techniques.

A4 Ability to interpret and analyse data.


B1 Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of thermal analysis, BET or pxrd instrumentation

B2 Understanding of regulations and procedures including Health and Safety and Equal Opportunities and Diversity relative to the role.

B3 knowledge of Agresso software or similar electronic ordering system. B4 Working knowledge of the broader activities of the College of Science and Engineering.

B5 Experience of supervising staff and students. B6 Working knowledge of University systems and procedures.

B7 NEBOSHH or IOSH qualification.


Essential: C1 Demonstrable technical expertise in the maintenance and troubleshooting of problems with maintain a range of scientific instrumentation and associated software.

C2 Ability to provide specialist technical input into experimental design and advise on the scope of instrumentation and the range of analytical techniques on offer.

C3 Demonstrable ability to supervise and train staff and students on the use analytical equipment. C4 Excellent computer skills and proficient in the use of Windows based Instrumentation software.

C5 Well developed technical and analytical problem solving capability. C6 Proven ability to use initiative and judgement to resolve problems independently or as part of a group.

C7 Self-motivated and have ability to work independently or as part of a group. C8 Good interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex material clearly.

C9 Good planning and organisational skills, able to prioritise tasks and adapt to changing circumstances.


D1 Ability to operate and maintain thermal analysis, BET or pxrd instrumentation

Experience :

Essential: E1 Significant relevant work experience within a similar environment, including evidence of previous professional development.

E2 Experience of understanding and interpreting the technical requirements of service users and implementing appropriate methods of achieving their needs. E3 Experience of planning and organising own workload to meet the needs of service users.


F1 Experience of gas handling systems and/or pressurised autoclaves.

Job Features

Providing and maintaining a reliable and efficient analytical support service to the Science Hub, other University Departments and External Organisations and to provide in-depth technical support to relevant research laboratories within the School of Chemistry.


As part of a team accepting responsibility for providing and maintaining analytical Service to Hub research staff and students. The Science Hub comprises research and teaching support to the Schools of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy and Geography and Earth Science.

Planning and Organisation

To plan and prioritise daily analysis schedules, such that instrument maintenance and Open Access obligations have minimal impact on the productivity of the service. Contribute to planning and organising the commissioning of new instrumentation within the service. Forward planning of workload schedules to accommodate external analysis projects. Maintain instrument service records, including faults and subsequent remedial work carried out. Maintain and organise computer archive systems, required for storing and retrieving analysis data. Order materials in advance of requirement, keeping in mind the annual budget allowance.

Internal and External Relationships

Communicate and liaise with staff and students regarding the analytical requirements of research projects, giving assistance and advice on method development and instrument availability. Communicate and liaise with service engineers regarding instrument maintenance requirements, ensuring that service schedules are fulfilled satisfactorily and that instruments are kept in operation. Communicating and negotiating with suppliers regarding stock.

Decision Making

Deciding choice of analysis technique appropriate to individual sample analysis, to meet the client's needs. Prioritising sample analysis time to meet reporting deadlines. Deciding on safe working procedures to minimise risks when handling samples. Deciding on which supplier to use and identifying competitive prices for supplies.

Problem Solving

Ability to troubleshoot and diagnose problems within the service, in particular with respect to the instrumentation and associated software, proposing solutions and document these for future reference. Identify the early signs of instrument failure taking appropriate action to avoid the development of further faults. Resolve hardware and software issues encountered in the commissioning of new instruments. Modify / develop applications to facilitate the analysis of certain materials, which have specific analysis requirements, out-with the scope of our routine methods.


Accept duties as a Fire Warden and undergo training as necessary. Learn new skills as required.

Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the Technical & Specialist Grade, level 5, £22,847 - £27,116 per annum.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months. The successful candidate will be eligible to join the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) Pension Scheme.

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 equity.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Closing date: 24 September 2021

Vacancy Ref : 064610 Close Date : 24-Sep-2021 23:45

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