Job: RA post on ESRC grant

Job Details

Research Associate For quantitative network analysis of appointment diaries

Reference Number

022838

Location

Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building

College / Service

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

Department

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL & POLITICAL SCIENCES

Job Family

Research And Teaching

Position Type

Full Time

Salary Range

£35,210 – £39,610

Job Purpose

To make a leading contribution to the ESRC-funded project ‘Quantitative Social Network Analysis of Appointment Diaries’. Specifically, the job requires knowledge of the preparation and analysis of social network data. The post-holder will also be required to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals and 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 Investigator (PI) as appropriate:

1. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research, taking responsibility for a core element as appropriate, in accordance with the project objectives and project/School/College/University research strategy.

2. Write up research findings/outcomes for publication in leading journals for disseminations as appropriate. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate.

3. Establish and maintain a personal research profile and reputation and that of the School/College/University. Establish and sustain 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, gathering indicators of esteem and identifying opportunities for knowledge exchange.

4. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project and subject area, and develop/implement a suitable research strategy.

5. Present work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance the research profile of the School/College/University.

6. Take a leading role in the identification of potential funding sources and assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies, planning and developing a line of research activities.

7. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the project and in the broader School/College/University and wider community (e.g. Academic and other collaborators/partners).

8. 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/University.

9. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the project and School, including budgets/expenditure.

10. Contribute to elements of teaching within a clear and established programme and carry out associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with PI.

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

12. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Head of School and/or PI.

13. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan – Inspiring People – Changing the World.
http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/strategy/people/

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge/Qualifications
Essential
A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or equivalent in professional qualifications and experience with evidence of personal development in similar role.
A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge in areas relevant to the field of research, specifically social network analysis
A3 Sufficient breadth and/or depth of knowledge in specialist subject and of research methods and techniques to work within the subject area.

Desirable
B1 Knowledge of project-specific data sources
B2 Knowledge of specialist IT software, notably R, as appropriate

Skills
Essential
C1 Ability to analyse and organise resources in order to manage time and workload effectively.
C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate.
C3 Ability to communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature and to be effective both orally and in writing at a level appropriate to the activity, including public presentations.
C4 Ability to apply policy, practice and procedures including broader University/sector external (e.g. commercial) awareness.
C5 Proven initiative and judgement to resolve problems independently and/or as part of a team.
C6 Good leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills as appropriate.
C7 Willingness to travel to work in the UK/Europe and elsewhere as required by the project

Experience
Essential
E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field
E2 Experience of planning and progressing work activities within professional guidelines or organisational policy, applying initiative and independent judgement.
E3 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals and/ or at conferences.E4 Experience of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of literature, design and analysis of research data and drafting of papers.

Desirable
F1 An emerging national or international reputation in research.

Job Features

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.
Undertake 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 and as agreed with Head of School and PI.
Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

Planning and Organising
Management of time and prioritisation of all activities.
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 within remit of the role
Prioritise own workload.
Decide on research directions and goals within remit of original project proposal and, as appropriate, adjust research approaches to meet project outcomes.
Identify best journals for publication and meetings/conferences to attend.

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

Problem Solving
Research including technical and theoretical aspects, problem solving and development of original ideas.
Resolving issues in relation to project and budget.
Supporting and mentoring undergraduate/postgraduate students and less experienced team members with problems relating to the research project.

Standard Terms & Conditions
Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £35,210 – £39,610 per annum.

This position has funding up to 31/08/2020 in the first instance and is full time at 35 hours per week

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: 022383 Closing Date: 18th November 2018

To apply go to: https://www.gla.ac.uk/it/iframe/jobs/

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