Research Technician

University of Glassgow
December 05, 2022
Offerd Salary:£30,502 - £34,308
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Research Technician

Job Purpose

To effectively manage the day-to-day operations of several research groups and laboratories, servicing the needs of diverse research groups and contributing to the delivery of high quality research outcomes.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Manage the assigned research laboratories, responsible for specialised equipment, apparatus, consumables and financial management of delegated budgets.

2. Contribute extensively to significant grant funded projects, utilising advanced skill sets and expertise by delivering solutions to technical problems, generating publishable data and interpreting results leading to further optimisation of protocols.

3. Contribute to the acquisition, set up, maintenance of experimental apparatus and the design of analysis strategies.

4. Provide guidance, training and supervision to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the use of instrumentation and ensure that project and research needs are fully met.

5. Contribute to the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate, postgraduate students and less experienced members of the research group to ensure their effective development.

6. To troubleshoot complex technical issues and to provide expert technical guidance to suggest, implement and evaluate improvements to standard operating procedures. Diagnose and rectify faults/problems with specialised equipment, working to a safe and professional standard.

7. Develop and maintain local records and processes to support the research groups, including SOPs, purchasing (using Agresso) and maintenance/service records.

8. Implement University policies including all H&S, CoSHH, waste management, sustainability and familiarity with Equality & Diversity, etc. and familiar with School and College strategies.

9. Undertake development and training opportunities that enhance the role.

10. Any other reasonable duty as required by line manager or the Head of School.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1 HND (SCQF level 8) in Chemistry, Advanced Analytical Chemistry.

A2 Specialist practical and theoretical knowledge of analytical chemistry.

A3 Knowledge of relevant University policies and legislation, including H&S, purchasing, waste management, sustainability, equality & diversity.



C1 In depth technical skills to provide a range of technical support activities.

C2 Interpretation and generation of analytical results.

C3 Well developed technical and analytical problem-solving capability.

C4 High degree of self-motivation and the ability to be proactive.

C5 Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

C6 Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact positively with students and staff at all levels.

C7 Excellent oral and written communication skills.

C8 Ability to use initiative and a willingness to work flexibly in order to meet tight deadlines.

C9 Proven supervisory skills.

C10 Proven planning and organising skills.

C11 Excellent IT skills including familiarity with a range of standard analytical software and highly competent in the use of Microsoft Office.



E1 Experience in a chemistry laboratory or an equivalent environment.

E2 Experience with analytical instrumentation (e.g. MS, HPLC) and the usage of reactive chemicals.

E3 Practical experience of analytical methods and interpretation of experimental data.

E4 Experience of carrying out research and research projects.

Job Features


Provide high quality technical support for research laboratories throughout the School of Chemistry.

Planning and Organisation

Delegated authority to prioritise service issues and assign resource for resolution.

Plan and implement the use of resources within the research labs.

Plan experiments on a weekly/monthly basis.

Be aware of funding issues and potential impact on research downtime.

Planning of operations/research activity on a weekly/monthly basis in liaison with PIs.

Internal and External Relationships

PIs in relation to managing lab areas.

Technical Manager for fabric, risk assessments and audit process.

Suppliers, engineers, service providers to ensure efficient, continued operation of high-end facilities.

Academic colleagues, PGRs, PDRAs with regard to operations and training.

Research partners/collaborators on use of facilities/results and dissemination.

Decision Making

Prioritise own workload, adjust research approaches to meet project outcomes.

Respond to general/specific enquiries appropriately.

React to and interpret response to any queries that occur.

Identify, diagnose and propose solutions to problems within remit of the role.

Ensure cost effective procurement of material and equipment.

Problem Solving

Proven troubleshooting/fault resolution skills.

Provide specialist technical advice to all laboratory users.

Identify and use judgement to manage technical problems.

Propose novel solutions to research problems.

Be first point of contact for all identified fabric issues within the labs.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 6, £30,502 - £34,308 per annum.

This post is full time (35 hours per week) and open ended.

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 : 102533 Close Date : 05-Dec-2022 23:45

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