University of Glassgow

University of Glassgow

Research Associate

United Kingdom

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Research Associate

Job Purpose

Based in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, the postholder will make a leading contribution to the Relationships and Health programme, working with Dr. Emily Long and colleagues.

The successful candidate will work across a range of health-related projects that use systems science methods, such as participatory systems mapping and social network analysis, on topics such as adolescent mental health, physical activity, loneliness and healthy ageing. The post will involve collaborative writing of research publications based on a range of datasets. Familiarity with mixed methods research would be a benefit.

This is an ideal position for someone with strong writing skills, and a desire to widen their portfolio of research outputs. You will join a supportive, welcoming team of interdiscliplinary scholars, gaining exposure to a wide assortment of research.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

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

1. Contribute to the synthesis of complex systems data and social network data, integrating mixed methods findings.

2. Take a leading role on academic writing of project outputs, with support from the wider team.

3. Plan and conduct assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/Unit/Institute/College research strategy.

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

5. 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.

6. Contribute to the preparation and content of research funding applications related to healthy ageing, adolescent health, and social relationships.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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 within the Programme.

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

11. 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.

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

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

14. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.

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

16. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan, World Changers Together.


A1. Normally Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related role(s)

Knowledge, Skills & Experience


C1. A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism (e.g., social science, systems or social network methods).

C2. Project or subject (e.g., social science, systems or social network methods) specific skills including the interpretation of mixed methods findings.

C3. Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate.

C4. Excellent communication skills oral and written, including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely

C5. Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach

C6. Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills

C7. Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate

C8. Self-motivation, initiative and independent thought/working

C9. Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic appropriate

C10. Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher


D1. Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge related to complex interventions in health or relational mechanisms of health.

D2. Knowledge of social network research and methods.

D3. Knowledge of systems science and qualitative research and methods.



E1. Sufficient relevant research experience or equivalent appropriate to an early career researcher

E2. Experience of scientific writing

E3. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

E4. A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences

E5. Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities

E6. Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers.

E7. Experience in undertaking independent research


F1. Experience of contributing to the development of funding applications

F2. Evidence of co-writing journal publications in systems science research

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 7, £39,347 - £44,263 per annum.

This post is full time, fixed term until 31 March 2025.

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 : 139329 Close Date : 07-Mar-2024 23:45

Job details


Research Associate


University of Glassgow


United Kingdom


February 08, 2024

Application deadline

March 07, 2024

Job type



Biology,Mathematics,Medicine,Psychology,Social Science

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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