University of Glasgow
You will contribute to/make a leading contribution to a project improving the sustainability of resins and films with natural lignin derived from biomass residues working with Professor Dave Adams and Bio-Sep Limited. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in synthesis, characterisation of polymer systems and formulation. 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:
1. Plan and conduct assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy. 2. Contribute to the acquisition, set up, maintenance and integration of experimental apparatus or computational kit, or in setting up theoretical models or analysis strategies.
3. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate. 4. 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.
5. 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. 6. 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.
7. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops across the research Group/School/College/University and wider community (e.g Academic and Industrial Partners). 8. 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.
9. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure 10. Contribute to outreach and recruitment activities of The University of Glasgow.
11. 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. 12. Be responsible for safety management related to the organisation and running of Laboratory and/or Experimental techniques, equipment and processes as appropriate.
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 duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Head of School and/or PI.
16. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan: World Changers Together
For appointment at grade 7:
17. Perform the above duties with a higher degree of independence, leadership and responsibility, particularly in relation to planning, funding, collaborating and publishing research, and mentoring colleagues. 18. Establish and sustain a track record of independent and joint published research to establish and maintain your expert reputation in the subject area.
19. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.
These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.
Essential: A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 10 (Honours Degree). May be working towards post-graduate qualification such as a Masters (Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 11) or PhD (Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12). Or Equivalent professional qualifications in relevant academic/research discipline, and experience of personal development in a similar role.
A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of synthesis, polymer characterisation and formulation.
A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or subject specialism A4 Knowledge of specialist IT software (eg. Matlab, LabView, R, S-plus, SAS) as appropriate
A5 Knowledge of project-specific technical models, equipment or techniques
B1 An awarded (or recently submitted or near completion) PhD in subject specialism or equivalent
For appointment at grade 7:
A6 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).
Essential: C1 Skills in synthesis of monomers or polymer functionalisation, characterisation and formulation.
C2 Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate.
C3 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely C4 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach
C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills C6 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate.
C7 Self motivation, initiative and independent thought/working C8 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach
For appointment at grade 7:
C9 Good Team Leadership skills C10 Evidence of working with collaborators at different locations
E1 Sufficient breadth and/or depth of knowledge in specialist subject/discipline and of research/teaching methods and techniques to work within the subject area. E2 Experience with synthesis and characterisation of monomers or of functionalising polymers
E3 Experience of scientific writing E4 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
E5 Evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field
For appointment at grade 7:
E6 Normally sufficient postdoctoral experience or equivalent in a related field E7 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences
E8 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities E9 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.
E10 Experience in undertaking independent research
E11 An emerging national or international reputation
Informal enquiries about the role are welcomed, and should be addressed to Professor Dave Adams, [email protected]
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be Grade 6/7, £31,502 – £35,308/£38,474 – £43,155 per annum.
This post is full time, and has funding for up to 1 year.
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, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/.
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