To assist in providing an Analytical Service, including thermal analysis (TGA
and DSC), BET and PXRD to the Science Hub, other University Departments and
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
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
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
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
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
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
F1 Experience of gas handling systems and/or pressurised autoclaves.
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.
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.
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
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