Research Assistant

University of Glasgow

Direct Entry Job Permanent Glasgow, UK

Uploaded 4 Sep 2018

Job Description

You will contribute to the projects (Capacity Building for LIGO India) working with Prof. Giles Hammond and the Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network working with Prof. Siong Heng. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in Research & Development relating to Gravitational wave astronomy. 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 and/or outreach kit

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.

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.

Person Specification



A1 Good Honours degree (Scottish Credit and Qualification framework Level 10) in a relevant subject or cognate discipline, or working towards post graduate qualification such as a Master Degree (SCQF level 11) or PhD (SCQF Level 12) or equivalent professional qualification in relevant academic/research discipline with previous personal development in a similar role

A2 Specialist practical knowledge of in the area of gravitational wave detection.

A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or subject specialism

A4 Knowledge of specialist IT software including MATLAB and LabViewA5 Knowledge of project-specific technical models, equipment or techniques


B1 An awarded (or recently submitted or near completion) PhD in subject specialism or equivalent



C1 Programming experience in the LabView environment

C2 Analysis of fundamental noise sources in mechanical systems

C3 Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate.

C4 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely

C5 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach

C6 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills

C7 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate.

C8 Self motivation, initiative and independent thought/working

C9 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach

C10 Ability to undertake prescribed tasks.



E1 Sufficient relevant research experience or equivalent

E2 Previous experience in the design and integration of PID servo systems

E3 Experience of using Finite Element software and/or mechanical design

E4 Experience with running outreach events and talking to the public about research in Physics & Astronomy

E5 Experience of scientific writing

E6 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

E7 Evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field

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