Research Assistant on low-cost low-energy decentralised water technologies

University of Glasgow

Glasgow, UK 🇬🇧

Job Purpose

You will contribute to a large interdisciplinary project on low-cost low-energy decentralised water technologies working with Prof William Sloan, Dr Stephanie Connelly and Dr Tania Gomez Borraz. The successful candidate will focus on characterising and mitigating the methane emissions from small waste-water treatment works. They 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. Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal/Co Investigator:

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

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.

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. 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.

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

12. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.

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

14. Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, World Changers Together

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge and Qualifications


A1 SCQF Level 10 [Honours degree] in a relevant subject or a cognate discipline, or equivalent

A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of environmental biotechnolgies

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



C1 Project or subject specific skills, including a good knowledge of the principals of environmental engineering and experience of analytical chemistry applied to environmental systems.

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



E1 Sufficient relevant research experience [or equivalent] appropriate to an early career researcher

E2 Project or subject specific experience

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

Closing date – 27 March 2023

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 6, ÂŁ31,502 – ÂŁ35,308 per annum.

This post is full time, and funded for up to 12 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, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University

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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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development