Research Assistant
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, United Kingdom
16d ago

Job Purpose

To make a contribution to the project : Dreaming the Daily Darg : Working Lives in Scottish Fiction since 1918’ working with Dr Corey Gibson, lecturer in twentieth-

century Scottish literature. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in the area of modern and / or contemporary Scottish literature.

The successful candidate will also be expected to engage in research interrogating shifting representations of work, workers, and workplaces in the modern Scottish literary imaginary.

The primary research output of this post will be an extensive annotated bibliography on this topic, to be published online.

Other duties will include planning and implementing broader research aims in collaboration with the Principal Investigator.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal Investigator (Dr Corey Gibson) : 1.

Plan and conduct assigned research individually and / or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project / School of Critical Studies and College of Arts 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 University of Glasgow / College of Arts and School of Critical Studies.

4. 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.

5. Collaborate and establish partnerships with colleagues and participate in team / group meetings across the project and in the broader / School / College / University.

6. Where appropriate 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.

7. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including expenditure.8. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field / discipline.

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

10. Undertake any other duties as assigned by the Head of School following discussion with 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 / QualificationsEssential : A1 A good first degree or PG Masters in a relevant subjectA2 Excellent track record of PG researchA2 Specialist and practical knowledge of modern and / or contemporary Scottish literature A3 A comprehensive and up-

to-date knowledge of the wider subject area and subject specialism.A4 Knowledge of project specific data sources and archival material Desirable : B1 An awarded PhD in English or Scottish Literature SkillsEssential : C1 Research creativity and cross-

discipline collaborative abilityC2 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex information, theory and concepts clearly and conciselyC3 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approachC4 Appropriate workload / time / project management skillsC5 IT and data analysis / interpretation skills as appropriate to the work of the projectC6 Self motivation, initiative and independent thought / workingC7 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approachC8 Ability to innovate and initiate / support change ExperienceEssential : E1 Two years relevant research experienceE2 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient mannerE3 Evidence of an emerging track record of high quality publications in a relevant field

Job Features

Dimensions To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international qualityEngage 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 activitiesPlanning, organisation and implementation of research project on a weekly / monthly basis in consultation with PIPlan research directions that are within the available budget in consultation with PIReact to varying project needs and deadlines in consultation with PI Decision Making Undertake decision making on all aspects of research project / activities in line with assigned responsibilities In consultation with PI, decide on research directions and goals within remit of original project proposalIn consultation with PI adjust research approaches to meet project outcomesIdentify best journals for publication Internal / External Relationships University 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 calls Problem Solving Research including technical and theoretical aspects, problem solving and development of novel ideasBe aware of project and budgetary issues Other Attendance 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 6, £28,660 - £32,236 per annum, pro rated to 21 hours per week.

This post is part time and fixed term for 4 months and 9 days.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.

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