Research Assistant - #562476

University of Glasgow

Date: 1 week ago
City: Glasgow
Salary: £30,502 - £34,308 / year
Contract type: Full time
Work schedule: Full day
University of Glasgow
Job Purpose

You will contribute to a project ”Lithification of Artificial Ground” working with Dr John MacDonald. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal/Co Investigator:

  • Plan and conduct assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group research strategy.

  • Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.

  • Develop and enhance your research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow/School/Research Group, including contributing to publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, and gathering indicators of esteem.

  • Contribute to the presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.

  • Contribute to the identification of potential funding sources and to assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.

  • Collaborate with colleagues and participate in group meetings/seminars/workshops across the research Group/School and wider community.

  • Contribute to the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.

  • Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.

  • Carry out modest Teaching activities [e.g. demonstrating etc.] and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with Principal Investigator.

  • Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.

  • Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.

  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of School/Director of Research Institute.

  • Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, Inspiring People Changing The World.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience



A1 SCQF Level 10 [Honours degree] and Masters level qualification in a geoscience subject

A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of petrographic and microanalytical characterisation of natural and/or silicate materials, particularly involving SEM and LA-ICP-MS

A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or subject specialism


B1 An awarded [or recently submitted or near completion] PhD in subject specialism or equivalent

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


C1 Project specific skills in the form of petrographic and microanalytical mineralogical characterisation of natural and/or anthropogenic silicate materials, particularly involving SEM and LA-ICP-MS

C2 Excellent communication skills [oral and written] and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely, including public presentation at an international geoscience conference and co-authorship of an article in an international peer-review journal

C3 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach

C4 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills

C5 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate

C6 Self-motivation, initiative and independent thought/working

C7 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach

C8 Evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field

Closing date - 1 December 2022

Terms and Conditions

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

This post is part time (17.5 hours per week) and fixed term for up to 8 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, benefits and discount packages

3 A flexible approach to working

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing

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

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