University of Glassgow

University of Glassgow

Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Job Purpose

You will contribute to the Sensing Enhanced Housing Survey project funded by Urban Big Data Centre, working with Dr Qunshan Zhao and Dr Grant Tregonning. This project is part of the Understanding Society Innovation Panel (https: // www. in 2024 to draw a representative sample to carry out a larger indoor environment study. This project is a three-way collaboration between UBDC's Urban Sensing & Analytics Team, the UCL Smart Energy Research Lab/Energy Demand Observatory and Laboratory (https: // and https: //, and the Understanding Society's Innovation Panel. We aim to monitor indoor residential environments and energy using low-cost housing sensors and smart-meters, and linking these data with building performance and socio-demographic data. This sensor-enhanced housing survey will roll out to 200-300 households from the national longitudinal panel.

The study will explore how we can use indoor environment sensors to understand human health, extreme heat/cold, and fuel poverty, including:

• The exploration of the use of smart data collection across indoor environment sensor measurements, smart metre data, social survey data, and existing open-source housing characteristics and energy efficiency data.

• The examination the relationships between fuel poverty and indoor environments and human health both subjectively and objectively.

• The development of solutions and warning systems to improve indoor living environment to avoid chronic diseases from mould growth and extreme heat and cold.

Previous project information can be found here:

https: // www.; https: // www.; and https: // www. overheating-homes

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 sensor enhanced housing survey project as opportunities allow.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

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

1. Plan and conduct assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy.

2. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/ group/ meetings/ seminars/ workshops across the research Group/School/College/University and wider community.

7. 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.

8. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.

9. 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.

10. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.

11. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.

12. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of School/Director of Research Institute.

13. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan, Inspiring People Changing The World.

Knowledge/ Qualifications

Essential :

A1.SCQF Level 10 Honours degree in a relevant subject or a cognate discipline, or equivalent specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of Urban Analytics and Urban Sensing


B1.A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or subject specialism

B2.An awarded or recently submitted or near completion MSc in subject specialism or equivalent

B3.Knowledge of specialist data analytics software and tools such as R, QGIS, Python, Git/GitHub, and Bash.


Essential :

C1.Project or subject specific skills

C2 Excellent communication skills oral and written, including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely

C3 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach

C4 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills

C5 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate

C6 Self-motivation, initiative and independent thought/working

C7 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach



E1 Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate

E2 Sufficient relevant research experience or equivalent appropriate to an early career researcher

E3 Project or subject specific experience

E4 Experience of scientific writing

E5 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

E6 Evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field


F1 Experience of working with social surveys

F2 Experience of working with portable sensors and has basic knowledge of sensor hardware.

Informal enquiries about the role are welcomed, and should be addressed to Dr Qunshan Zhao, [email protected]

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 6, £32,332 - £36,024 per annum.

This post is full time and fixed term to 31.3.25.

The University of Glasgow has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. If you require a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK, you will be required to meet the eligibility requirements of the visa route to be assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship.

Please note that this post may be eligible to be sponsored under the Skilled Worker visa route if tradeable points can be used under the Skilled Worker visa rules. For more information please visit: https: // www.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

Vacancy Ref : 145668 Close Date : 27-May-2024 23:45

Job details


Research Assistant


University of Glassgow


United Kingdom


May 09, 2024

Application deadline

May 27, 2024

Job type



Computer Science,Engineering,Physics

About the employer

The University of Glasgow was established in the year 1451 by papal bull. It is among the 4th ancient universities in Scotland and the fourth-oldest university in the USA. It was a part of the Scottish Enlightenment along with Edinburg, St. Andrews, and Aberdeen during the 18th century. Among the ancient universities in the UK, the University of Glasgow is one of the eight institutions that award undergraduate and graduate degrees in popular disciplines. The university comprises four colleges that include the College of Science & Engineering, College of Arts, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, and College of Social Sciences.

The university is spread over different campuses. The main campus is the Gilmorehill campus situated in Hillhead. The campus in the Garscube Estate in Bearsden houses the Veterinary School and sports facilities of the university and Dental school, the medical section is taken care of at Gartnavel Royal Hospital located on Great Western Road. Moreover, the Crichton campus and the teaching center at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Dumfries are jointly operated by the Open University, the University of the West of Scotland, and the University of Glasgow.

The University of Glasgow has 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from over 140 countries worldwide. It is a major employer in the city of Glasgow with more than 8,000 staff, including more than 3,400 research and teaching staff. The university is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities

The university has introduced the World-Changing Alumni award for celebrating the excellent performance of the notable alumni. The winners include Susanne Mitschke in 2017 and Matt Fountain in 2016. Some of the other notable alumni who are now being recognized by the world include the three Prime Ministers namely Bonar Law, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, and William Lamb.

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