Research Associate in biophysics/protein NMR - University of Glasgow, UK

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posted: Nov 2, 2009

Basic details

  • Reference Number 00129-1, to apply, search the university jobs database with this reference number
  • Location Main Campus (Gilmorehill)
  • Faculty/ Services Faculty of Biomedical & Life Sciences
  • Department Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Job Family Research & Teaching
  • Position Type Full Time
  • Salary Range £31,513 - £35,469 (grade 7)

Job Purpose

To execute and publish research on the mechanisms of UV-B photoreception in plants. Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To carry out research and other duties in consultation with and under the guidance and direction of the PI. This will include addressing the objectives of the project, namely: 1. Express Arabidopsis UVR8 heterologously and determine whether it undergoes biophysical or biochemical changes following UV-B illumination; 2. investigate whether UVR8 tryptophan residues are involved in UV-B photoreception; 3. test the role of specific amino acids in the in vivo function of UVR8 using yeast and Arabidopsis.
  2. To write up research findings/outcomes for publication and decide on appropriate journals in consultation with the PI.
  3. To present data/findings at appropriate internal/national/international meetings.
  4. To collaborate with other members of the group, and external collaborators as appropriate, in order to develop the work of the group as a whole.
  5. To contribute to the drafting of applications for funding, as requested by the PI.
  6. If required and with permission of the PI and funding agency, to contribute towards the Divisional teaching effort.
  7. To support colleagues and supervise less experienced members of the project team including undergraduate students.
  8. To keep up to date with current developments in subject field.
  9. To contribute to the safe and well organised functioning of the laboratory.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



  1. PhD or equivalent in relevant subject.
  2. Extensive and up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge in field related to the research, e.g.: protein structure, protein biophysics, protein biochemistry, heterologous protein expression, molecular photobiology, molecular genetics, gene expression



  1. Good interpersonal, writing and presenting skills.
  2. Extensive IT skills.
  3. Ability to assess and organise resources.
  4. Ability to communicate complex material clearly.
  5. Ability to use initiative and judgement to plan and progress work.



  1. Typically 5 years research experience in related subject, with normally 1-2 years experience at a postdoctoral level, including independence illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design and analysis of experiments, and drafting of papers and project proposals.

Job Features


Informal supervision and support of usually one project student. Responsible for consumable budget for the project in PI’s/co-investigator’s absence.

Planning and Organising

Effective organisational skills to manage time and prioritise research. Organise, optimise and implement current project/duties after discussion with PI. Plan, in conjunction with the PI, future individual/joint experiments and projects.

Decision Making

Purchases of technical materials (in conjunction with PI). Input into decisions on experimental approaches, publication strategies, attendance at meetings.

Internal/External Relationships

Co-investigators Drs John Christie and Brian Smith Departmental colleagues to exchange information and ensure efficient working. Funding body. Internal and external collaborators as appropriate.

Problem Solving

Assist with problems relating to equipment and experiments as appropriate. Assist with learning needs/requirements of students and colleagues.

Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £31,513 - £35,469 per annum.

The funding for this post is up to 36 months, dependant on salary placement.

The successful applicant (if aged under 60) 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.

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