Research Assistant

University of Glasgow | Posted 11-01-2022

Glasgow (Construction)


Job Purpose

You will contribute to a project aimed at developing advanced microfluidic sorting platforms to isolate functional cells based on optical signals for downstream processes. The successful candidate will work with Professor Huabing Yin (Principal Investigator) as well as academic, industrial and clinical partners. They will benefit from the well-established established expertise of our group in Raman activated cell sorting and single-cell microfluidics and are expected to drive the technologies for real-world applications. 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. It is anticipated that applicants will have a background in engineering, physics, micro-analytical systems and/or microfabrication.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal/Co Investigator:

  1. To develop structures and instrumentation methods based on surface acoustic wave and other microfluidic technologies (e.g. dielectrophoresis), suitable for moving fluids and reagents and capturing and manipulating cells and droplets.
  2. To fabricate and construct microfluidic devices structures and integrate them with CCD and other suitable instrumentation.
  3. Plan and conduct assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy.
  4. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/ group/ meetings/ seminars/ workshops across the research Group/School/College/University and wider community.
  9. 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.
  10. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.
  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. 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, Inspiring People Changing The World.

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 SCQF Level 10 (Honours degree) or equivalent in a relevant subject or a cognate discipline or equivalent Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of engineering, physics, micro-analytical systems and/or microfabrication. A2 A background in droplet microfluidics, high frequency (>kHz) acoustics, surface acoustic wave, dielectrophoresis based electrical or other microfluidic techniques used to manipulate molecules, particles or fluids.


A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or subject specialism. A4 Knowledge of specialist IT software (e.g. Matlab, LabView, R, S-plus, SAS) as appropriate. A5 Knowledge of project-specific technical models, equipment or techniques. Desirable
B1 An awarded (or recently submitted or near completion) PhD in subject specialism or equivalent. B2 A knowledge of Raman microscopy and/or single cell Raman spectra analysis. Skills Essential: C1 Microfluidic techniques used to manipulate molecules or particles. C2 Instrumentation and imaging analysis. 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. Experience Essential E1 Sufficient relevant research experience (or equivalent) appropriate to an early career researcher. E2 Project or subject specific experience. 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 on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 6, £29,614 - £33,309 per annum. This position is full time and with funding to 30th June 2023. 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.