Research Assistant / Associate / Fellow

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Glasgow, SCOTLAND
Deadline: 14 Mar 2021

Please note the job descriptions for grade 6 and 7 are attached at the bottom of this page. 

Job Purpose

To make a leading contribution to a project Single Photon Detectors: Expanding the Spectrum (SPEXS) working with Professor Robert Hadfield, Dr Alessandro Casaburi and our project partners. 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

1.        Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy.

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

3.        Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow/ James Watt School of Engineering/ Quantum Sensors Research Group, including establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint 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.

4.        To work closely with the SPEXS academic partners (Heriot-Watt University, University of Edinburgh, University of Sheffield) and our industry project partners.  To broaden collaborations with leading international groups in the domain of photon-counting.

5.        Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.

6.        Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.

7.        Take a leading role in 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.

8.        Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider community (e.g. Academic and Industrial Partners).

9.        Take a leading role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.

10.    Take the lead in 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.

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

12.    Make a contribution to Teaching activities (e.g. demonstrating etc) and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with Principal Investigator.

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

14.    Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

15.    Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of School.

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


A1 Normally Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related role(s).

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


C1 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism

C2 Specialist knowledge in any of the following: nanofabrication, low temperature physics, superconducting devices, detectors & readout electronics, photon-counting detectors, CMOS electronics, cryogenics, instrumentation development, quantum technologies, remote sensing.

C3 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

C4 Excellent written and oral communication skills


D1 Prior experience in the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (University of Glasgow) or an equivalent world class nanofabrication facility.



E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience or equivalent industry technical experience, appropriate to an experienced career researcher

E2 A track record of presentation at leading international conferences and publication of research results in high impact peer-reviewed journals

E3 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities

E4 Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers.

E5 Experience in undertaking independent research

E6 Experience in leading and co-ordinating lab activies, including mentoring and training or undergraduate and postgraduate researchers.


To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality   Publish and seek funding as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescales Informal supervision and support of less experienced members of the project team e.g. postgraduate and project students

Undertake teaching or other duties in accordance with school policy   Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory   Leadership in the design and implementation in your specific research project(s) as appropriate

Standard Terms and Conditions

Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade, level 7/8, £35,845 - £40,322 / £44,045 - £51,034 per annum.

This post is full time with funding up to 2 years in the first instance, with a possible extension.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

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.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies.

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.

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