To manage technical aspects of the research on behalf of the Insall lab,
including providing specialist technical expertise in mammalian and
Dictyostelium cell culture and gene cloning, maintaining collections of
laboratory sticks, plasmids and antibodies, and being responsible for the
operation of all technical resources to aid the delivery of research
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. Undertake specialist technical aspects of the specified research as a
member of the research group.
2. Provide specialist technical advice to research team including research,
teaching and technical staff and undergraduate and post-graduate/PhD students.
Where required, support the supervision of students within the research group.
3. Progress technical aspects of research objectives in accordance with
predetermined timescales as set out by the PI.
4. Implement agreed proposals for experimental strategies.
5. Design and create experiments, systems, protocols, equipment, and/or other
technical resources to support the delivery of research objectives.
6. Be responsible for the management of technical aspects of the research
project, including where relevant, management of the laboratory, technical
resources, and technical staff. Ensure operational delivery of technical
resources is optimised and seek to continuously improve the technical service.
7. Be responsible for troubleshooting complex technical problems, including
issues with the design and operation of technical resources and/or with the
data which is generated.
8. Undertake data analysis, identifying trends, problems or anomalies, and
present findings clearly to research group and/or to wider audiences via
presentations or within appropriate research publications.
9. Where relevant, take day to day control of research budget, creating
spending plans, monitoring outgoings and targets and providing summary reports
to PIs as required.
10. Be responsible for the day to day management of and compliance with
relevant Health and Safety and/or other specialist legal requirements.
Maintain all necessary records in accordance with set requirements, keep up to
date with developments or legal changes relevant to the work of the research
group and advise and train group members as appropriate. Report any potential
issues to the PI and/or relevant internal or external bodies timeously.
11. Work collaboratively with others, including within the wider
College/Institute/School and where relevant with external contacts, to enhance
the delivery of the research aims and support the broader strategic aims of
A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 8 Scottish Vocational
Qualification level 4, Higher National Diploma or equivalent, and experience
of personal development in a similar role.
A2 Significant breath or depth of technical knowledge and recognised as an
expert in the relevant discipline.
A3 Degree or equivalent in relevant discipline desirable. Working towards
Professional Registration with relevant body.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Knowledge & Skills
C1 Demonstrable specialist technical skills in the areas of cell culture
(mammalian or Dictyostelium cells), gene cloning, and/or microscopy.
C2 Significant IT skills, including proficient user of relevant specialist or
bespoke software packages.
C3 Significant analytical and problem-solving capability, including high
degree of accuracy and attention to detail when dealing with complex data
C4 Proven interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to
understand, conceptualise and interpret technical requirements of a research
group and adapt own style to meet the needs of others
C5 Excellent teamworking skills and where relevant to the post, supervisory or
line management skills.
C6 Ability to plan and prioritise a broad range of technical work to meet
C7 Significant relevant work experience within a similar research environment
desirable, including evidence of previous outputs and professional
E1 Experience of understanding and interpreting complex technical requirements
of service users and implementing appropriate methods of achieving their
E2 Experience of managing budgets desirable, including approving spends and
monitoring outgoings on behalf of others.
E3 Experience of operating independently in progressing and delivering
research goals within set timescales.
Standard Terms and Conditions
Salary will be on the Technical & Specialist Grade, level 6, £29,176 - £32,817
per annum (pro rata).
The project is funded by an Investigator award from the Wellcome Trust, to
study chemotaxis to self-generated gradients. The role will be offered on a
part-time basis (17.5 hours per week).
New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period
of 6 months.
The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities'
Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available
from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions
relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.
It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive climate,
which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching
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 equality.
The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.
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