Research Assistant: Visa sponsorship

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose
You will contribute to a project called PACES, working with Professor Sharon Simpson. This project aims to increase physical activity and social connectedness among older adults. The role will be based within the Complexity in Health Improvement Programme of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU). The successful candidate will have strong qualitative skills and 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
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. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/ group/ meetings/ seminars/ workshops across the research Group/School/College/University and wider community.
7. 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.
8. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.
9. 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.
10. Engage non-academic audiences in or with your research – as partners, participants, collaborators and research users.
11. Contribute to the Unit’s public engagement and knowledge exchange activities to ensure research evidence reaches and influences a broad range of stakeholders.
12. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.
13. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.
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, World Changers Together.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
A1. SCQF Level 10 [Honours degree] in a relevant subject or a cognate discipline, or equivalent
B2. An awarded [or recently submitted or near completion] PhD in subject specialism or equivalent
C1. Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of qualitative methods
C2. A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or subject specialism
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 appropriate
D1. An interest in health or public health
D2. Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge related to developing and evaluating complex interventions
E1. Sufficient relevant research experience [or equivalent] appropriate to an early career researcher
E2. Project or subject specific experience including experience of qualitative analyses
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
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be Grade 6, £32,332 – £36,024 per annum.
This post is full time and fixed term for up to 7 months
As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.
The University of Glasgow has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. If you require a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK, you will be required to meet the eligibility requirements of the visa route to be assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship.
Please note that this post may be eligible to be sponsored under the Skilled Worker visa route if tradeable points can be used under the Skilled Worker visa rules. For more information please visit:
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
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