Research Associate (Microbial Ecologist/Environmental Engineer)

University of Glasgow

Glasgow, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job Purpose
We seek to recruit a Microbial Ecologist/Environmental Engineer to make a leading contribution to a major new EPSRC funded research programme in Decentralised Water Technologies working with*, Prof Cindy Smith*, Dr Umer Ijaz and Professor William Sloan. The aim of the role is to understand the microbial communities that are used in novel small-scale and off-grid biotechnologies for wastewater treatment and drinking water filtration. The technologies will be low-energy and will enhance the biological degradation of pollutants by complex microbial communities by, for example, scavenging waste heat from households or mixing waste streams.
The successful candidate will help to devise strategies for optimising the functioning of the communities. They will work in a multidisciplinary team with scientists, engineers and social scientists from Glasgow, Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Newcastle Universities and with water professionals from Scottish Water.
In addition, they will 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/ School/ 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.      Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.
5.      Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.
6.      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.
7.      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).
8.      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.
9.      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.
10.   Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.
11.   Make a leading contribution to Teaching activities (e.g. demonstrating etc) and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with Principal Investigator.
12.   Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.
13.   Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.
14.   Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of School/Director of Research Institute.
15.   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 Track record of research in the biological treatment of water or wastewater.
C3 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher
E2 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences
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
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
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £35,845 – £40,322 per annum.
The post is full time with funding up to 3 years in the first instance
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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