Research Associate, University of Glasgow – Glasgow, Scotland. Closing date: 11 February 2018.

Reference Number: E20331
Location: Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
College / Service: COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
Department: SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Job Family: Research And Teaching
Position Type: Full Time

Job Purpose

To make a leading contribution to bioinformatics and statistical analysis of the recently funded microbiome projects, namely and not limited to: A microbial basis for Atlantic Salmon energetics (BBSRC BB/P001203/1); Optimising decentralised low cost infrastructure by managing the microbes (EPSRC EP/P029329/1), we seek an exceptional post-doctoral candidate to work with Dr Umer Zeeshan Ijaz and Professor William T. Sloan to advance the computational framework already in place at the Water & Environment Group (See http://userweb.eng.gla.ac.uk/umer.ijaz/#bioinformatics for details). Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in processing and analysing omics datasets with pivital focus on methods development.

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 the Principal/Co Investigator:

  • 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.
  • Take a leading role in maintenance and upgrade of the bioinformatics cluster (ORION: http://userweb.eng.gla.ac.uk/umer.ijaz/#orion) in Dr Ijaz’s Lab and development of automated workflow for processing of meta*omics datasets (metagenomics, metabolomics, metatranscriptomics, and metaproteomics) for microbial communities, setting up theoretical models and analysis strategies.
  • Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.
  • 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.
  • Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.
  • Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.
  • 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.
  • Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider community (eg. Academic and Industrial Partners).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.
  • Make a leading contribution to outreach and recruitment activities of The University of Glasgow.
  • 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.
  • Be responsible for safety management related to the organisation and running of Laboratory and/or Experimental techniques, equipment and processes as appropriate.
  • Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.
  • Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.
  • Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Head of School and/or PI.

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.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge/Qualifications

Essential:
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)
A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of bioinformatics and/or ecological statistics
A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism
A4 Experience in working on Linux-type servers (know how of bash/awk scripting)
A5 Knowledge of programming languages (e.g. C/C++, Python, Perl, R, HTML, Java Scripting) as appropriate. Have a look at the repositories of some of the recent software from Dr Ijaz’s lab to get an idea of what is expected of you: CONCOCT: https://github.com/BinPro/CONCOCT; microbiomeSEQ: http://userweb.eng.gla.ac.uk/umer.ijaz/projects/microbiomeSeq_Tutorial.html; and SEQENV: https://github.com/xapple/seqenv
A6 Knowledge of project-specific technical models, equipment or techniques

Skills

Essential:
C1 Background in computational/statistical science with focus on algorithm development
C2 Research creativity and strong 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
C9 Good Team Leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills

Desirable:
D1 Comfortable developing expertise in multiple fields

Experience
Essential:
E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher
E2 History of scientific software/workflow development
E3 Experience of scientific writing
E4 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
E5 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences
E6 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities
E7 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.
E8 Experience in undertaking independent research

Desirable:
F1 An emerging national or international reputation

Job Features

The aspects described below will be performed in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal/Co Investigator.

Dimensions
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

Planning and Organising
Management of time and prioritisation of research, teaching and administrative duties
Planning, organisation and implementation of research project on a weekly/monthly basis
Plan research directions that are within the available budget
React to varying project needs and deadlines

Decision Making
Undertake decision making on all aspects of research project/activities
Prioritise own, and where appropriate delegate to junior team members’, workload
Decide on research directions and goals within remit of original project proposal
Adjust research approaches to meet project outcomes
Identify best journals for publication and meetings/conferences to attend
Purchase of equipment and materials
Safe and effective lab management

Internal/External Relationships
University colleagues: to exchange information to ensure efficient working and to facilitate cross disciplinary working
External bodies/collaborators: proactively maintain co-operation and links at all levels to enhance profile and reputation
Dissemination: Preparation and presentation of reports/results and participation in meetings and conference calls

Problem Solving
Research including technical and theoretical aspects, problem solving and development of novel ideas
Be aware of project and budgetary issues, equipment lead times
Assistance of undergraduate/postgraduate students and junior team members with problems relating to research project

Other
Representation of the University/College/School through presentation at national and international events
Attendance at training events to learn and implement new research technologies
Prepared to travel to work in the UK/Europe and elsewhere as required by the University

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £34,520 – £38,833 per annum.

This position has funding for up to 28 months in the first instance.

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

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.

Vacancy reference: E20331; Closing date: 11 February 2018.

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