Research associate
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, United Kingdom
3d ago

Job Purpose

To make a leading contribution to the project : Can dual apprenticeships create better and more equitable social and economic outcomes for young people?

A comparative study of India and Mexico (Global Challenges Research Fund). Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in the area of International and Comparative Education.

The post-holder will also be required 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

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, individually or jointly, in accordance with the project deliverables and project / School / College / University research strategy.

2. 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 your research profile and reputation and that of the School / College / University, including establishing and sustaining 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 to support future research.

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. Take a leading role in 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 project and School, including budgets / expenditure.11.

Make a contribution to teaching activities and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with PI.

12. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field / discipline.13. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

14. 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.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge / QualificationsEssential : A1 An awarded Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or equivalent in a relevant subject areaA2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge in areas relevant to the field of researchA3 A comprehensive and up-

to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area and subject specialismDesirableB1 Knowledge of project-

  • specific data sourcesB2 Knowledge of specialist IT software as appropriateSkillsEssential : C1 Fluency in English (required);
  • proficiency in a second language (preferred) C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriateC3 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex information, theory and concepts clearly and conciselyC4 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approachC5 Appropriate workload and time management skillsC6 Excellent IT and data analysis / interpretation skills as appropriate C7 Self-

    motivated with ability for initiative and independent thought / workingC8 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach C9 Good leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills as appropriateC10 Willingness to travel to work in the UK, Germany, Mexico and India as required by the project ExperienceEssential : E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related fieldE2 Experience carrying out research in International and Comparative EducationE3 Experience of delivering quality outputs in a timely and efficient mannerE4 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals and / or at conferences E5 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activitiesE6 Experience of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of literature, design and analysis of research data and drafting of papersE7 Experience in undertaking independent researchDesirableF1 An emerging national or international reputation

    Job Features

    Job FeaturesDimensions To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international qualityPublish and seek funding as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescalesWhere appropriate informal supervision and support of less experienced members of the project team e.

    g. postgraduate and project studentsUndertake teaching or other duties in accordance with school policy and as agreed with Head of School and PIEngage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectoryPlanning and OrganisingManagement 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 MakingUndertake decision making on all aspects of research project / activities within remit of the role Prioritise own, and where appropriate delegate to junior team members’, workloadDecide on research directions and goals within remit of original project proposal and, as appropriate, adjust research approaches to meet project outcomesIdentify best journals for publication and meetings / conferences to attend Internal / External RelationshipsUniversity colleagues : to exchange information to ensure efficient working and to facilitate cross disciplinary workingExternal bodies / collaborators : proactively maintain co-

    operation and links at all levels to enhance profile and reputationDissemination : Preparation and presentation of reports / results and participation in meetings and conference callsProblem SolvingResearch including technical and theoretical aspects, problem solving and development of novel ideasAwareness of project and budgetary issuesAssistance to undergraduate / postgraduate students and less experienced team members with problems relating to the research projectOtherRepresentation of the School / College / University through presentations at national and international eventsAttendance at training events to learn and implement new research technologies)

    Standard Terms & Conditions

    Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £35,210 - £39,610 pro rata per annum.This post is part time at 7 hours per week and has funding up to 2 years in the first instanceNew 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.

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