University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

August 4, 2021



Job Purpose

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 objectives.

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 the University.



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 competing demands.

C7 Significant relevant work experience within a similar research environment desirable, including evidence of previous outputs and professional development.



E1 Experience of understanding and interpreting complex technical requirements of service users and implementing appropriate methods of achieving their needs.

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 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 equality.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy Ref : 061648 Close Date : 04-Aug-2021 23:45