This position is part of a project funded by the European Research Council on the effect of maternal age on offspring performance. The holder of this research technician position will be a key player in the team, providing high quality laboratory technical work. She/he will be responsible for providing input on laboratory and other protocols as required, planning and developing laboratory assays, helping to run experiments, and collating the resulting data.
The person will be part of a team funded by this grant, and so will work closely with the PI Pat Monaghan and other team members, which includes two post-doctoral researchers. The experiments will involve breeding zebra finches using mothers of different ages and collecting a number of physiological and molecular parameters from mothers and their offspring.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. Undertake specialist technical aspects of the specified research as a member of the research group. To provide day-to-day technical support to ensure the smooth running of the project.
2. To help plan the logistics of the experiments, and planned assays, including arranging and ordering/booking necessary equipment, facilities and consumables.
3. To set up and conduct or assist with the conduction of, laboratory-based assays (working either independently or as a member of a team) which will include assisting with obtaining and organising the relevant biological samples and their storage, and using these samples to measure various parameters including telomere length, DNA damage and mitochondrial function.
4. Assist with measures of metabolic rate and flight performance if required.
5. To collate the resulting data, upload it and manage it in an already existing Microsoft Access database, and conduct summary reports if required.
6. To maintain documentation relating to health and safety including COSHH and risk assessments, lab records, databases and other data files as directed.
7. To carry out other duties under the guidance of the PI and research team members.
8. To collaborate with colleagues and participate in team meetings/discussions and departmental research group activities;
9. To keep up to date with recent advances in the research area, including further development of new and existing assays.
10. To provide technical assistance to Masters, PhD and occasional undergraduate students working on related projects as required.
The above duties are not exhaustive and the postholder will be required to undertake any other relevant duties as required by the line manager which are commensurate with the grade of the post.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
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 Home Office Personal Licence for working with birds
A3 Understanding of measurement of key physiological and molecular indices of ageing
B1 BSc degree (or equivalent) in a relevant biological sciences subject.
B2 Working towards Professional Registration with relevant body.
C1 Ability to undertake and develop qPCR, gel-based and ELISA assays. C2 Ability to measure telomeres via qPCR and TRF assays.
C3 Experience in working with avian blood samples
C4 Ability to plan and organise the logistics of a complex project.
C5 Ability to use initiative and judgement to develop or adapt methods to resolve problems alone or as part of the group.
C6 Ability to collate and manage data sets
C7 Good interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral).
C8 Evidence of ability to work independently and as part of a team.
C9 Ability to assess, organise and manage resources
C10 Willingness to learn new techniques
D1 Understanding of mitochondrial assays
D2 Understanding of DNA methylation in the context ageing
D3 Understanding of metabolic rate and how it is measured
E1 Demonstrable specialist technical skills aligned to the specified discipline or research project. Details of the discipline/project are as described in the post-specific information.
E2 Demonstrable experience in the majority of the following laboratory techniques: DNA & RNA extractions, qPCR, telomere measurements, ELISA assays, and experience in troubleshooting and developing these as required.
E3 Evidence of participation in preparation of reports and/or papers
E4 Significant analytical and problem-solving capability, including high degree of accuracy and attention to detail when dealing with complex data.
E5 Significant relevant work experience within a similar research environment, including evidence of previous outputs and professional development.
E6 Experience of operating independently in progressing and delivering research goals within set timescales.
E7 Experience in working with small birds
Our School is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. As we are a merging of two Athena Swan Silver award winning bodies (the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine) we aim to achieve an Athena Swan award for the School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
The award demonstrates our commitment to best practice in recruiting and supporting the career development and progression of female scientists, addressing gender inequalities in higher education. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. https: // www. gla.ac.uk/schools/bohvm/athenaswan/
The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences is re-shaping this year to create 8 new Schools that bring staff together around thematic strengths, across the strategic pillars of education, research and innovation. More information on the College re-shape can be accessed here: MVLS 2025. The new College shape took effect from 1 August 2022 and this post will be based in the School of Biodiversity, One Health and Veterinary Medicine.
https:// www. gla.ac.uk/colleges/mvls/mvls2025/
Salary will be on the Technical & Specialist Grade, level 6.
This post is full time (35 hours per week) and has funding available for 3.5 years. The starting date will be agreed with the post holder and is expected to be no later than mid-January 2024.
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.
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Terms and Conditions
Salary will be Grade 6, £30,502 - £34,308 per annum.
This post is full time, and has funding for up to 42 months
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. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/payandpensions/pensions/, benefits and discount packages.
3 A flexible approach to working.
4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/.
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. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/.
We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/athenaswan/ 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. gla.ac.uk/explore/jobs/ for more information.
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