Research Assistant / Associate in Neuroscience and Psychology
University of Glasgow, Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology
United Kingdom

The post-holder will contribute to a 2-year project on neurovascular coupling and high-resolution fMRI in rodents, working with Dr Jozien Goense. The project focuses on development and application of combined electrophysiology and fMRI to address questions pertaining to cortical circuitry and neurovascular coupling in healthy animals and in disease. Specifically, the position requires expert knowledge in experimental neuroscience, preferably electrophysiology and/or MRI, and an interest in technology and quantitative methods. 

The post-holder will be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and proposals as well as help manage and direct this challenging project, as opportunities allow.

There are also opportunities for translational and collaborative work in the context of the new human 7T facility in the imaging centre of excellence (ICE).

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with the Principal Investigator (PI):

1. Contribute to predetermined, prescribed or individual/joint research objectives, under supervision of the PI and in accordance with the project deliverables and Institute/College research strategy.

2. Review the current literature on neurovascular coupling and cortical circuit function, including review of experimental approaches and methods.

3. Develop methods and applications of electrophysiology and fMRI in rats

4. Develop application-specific analysis methods

5. Conduct electrophysiology and fMRI experiments on neurovascular coupling and cortical circuit function

6. Contribute to the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the team to ensure their effective development.

7. Develop and enhance your research profile and reputation and that of the University of Glasgow, Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology, including establishing 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.

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

9. Present research at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.

10. Contribute to the identification of potential funding sources and assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.

11. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops across the research group, school and institute and wider community (e.g. academic and industrial partners).

12. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and Institute, including budget and expenditure monitoring.

13. Contribute to outreach and recruitment activities of the University of Glasgow.

14. Carry out modest teaching activities (e.g. demonstrating etc.) and associated administration as assigned by the Director of Institute and in consultation with PI.

15. Be responsible for safety management related to the organisation and running of laboratory and/or experimental techniques, equipment and processes as appropriate.

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

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

18. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Director of Institute and/or PI.

19. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan - Inspiring People – Changing the World.

For Appointment at Grade 7: 

20. 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.

21. Establish and sustain a track record of independent and joint published research to establish and maintain your expert reputation in the subject area.

22. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project and subject area, and 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 reasonably be expected to perform.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1. Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 10 (Honours Degree) May be working towards post-graduate qualification such as Masters (SCQF level 11) or PhD (SCQF level 12) in , and experience of personal development in similar role
A2. Theoretical and practical knowledge in neuroscience.
A3. A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or subject specialism.
B1. Knowledge of experimental neuroscience in sensory systems
B2. Knowledge of electrophysiology and/or MRI-physics and applications
B3. Knowledge of quantitative methods 

For Appointment at Grade 7:
A4. 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
A5. Extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of research-related field.



C1. Experimental neuroscience skills
C2. Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate.
C3. Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach.
C4. Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely.
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.

D1. In vivo animal research skills
D2. MRI and/or electrophysiology skills
D3. Advanced quantitative analysis and/or programming skills



E1. Sufficient breadth and/or depth of knowledge in the specialist subject/discipline and of research/teaching methods and techniques, demonstrated through relevant work experience (including experience gained throughout PhD)
E2. Experience in the collection and analysis of data.
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. Sufficient breadth and/or depth of knowledge in specialist subject/discipline and of research/teaching methods and techniques relevant to project subject area, demonstrated through relevant post-doctoral experience.
E7. Publications, including at least one as first author, in appropriate-impact international scientific journals.

E8. Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, designs & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers. 
E8. Experience in undertaking independent research

Job Features

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 6/7, £28,660 - £32,236/ £35,210 - £39,610 per annum. 

This post is full time at 35 hours per week with funding up to 2 years 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.

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.
The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401. 

Vacancy Reference: 026083 Closing Date: 29 July 2019

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