Research assistant/associate in ocean acidification in the University of Glasgow

Reference Number     E20098
College / Service       College of Science and Engineering
Department               School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Position Type             Full Time
Salary Range             £25, 854- £29,099/£31,798 – £35,788 (grade 6/7)

Job Purpose

To perform research on ocean acidification in order to determine how both the protein and mineral components of the mussel, Mytilus edulis respond to ocean acidification. To be responsible for the maintenance of the mesocosm.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. To carry out research and other duties in consultation with and under the guidance of the PIs. These include running the experimental mesocosm facility and making the scientific measurements (training will be given) that will determine the influence of pH and exposure duration on:
– concentration and activity of carbonic anhydrase in the context of carbonate and bicarbonate ion concentration
– the physical and material properties of biogenic calcite and aragonite

2. To contribute to writing up of research findings/outcomes for publication.

3. To contribute to the presenting of research results at international/national meetings as appropriate.

4. To contribute to the safe and well-organised functioning of the laboratories.

5. 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.

6. To support colleagues (in association with the PIs) and supervise and develop less experienced members of the project team including postgraduate and undergraduate students.

7. To collaborate with colleagues and participate in group meetings/discussions and School research activities.

8. To survey the literature and keep up to date with current developments in the subject field.

For appointment at Level 7 the post holder would be expected to demonstrate a degree of leadership in publishing work and determining the direction of the project including:

9. To take the lead on writing papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals and deciding on appropriate journals with the PI.

10. To present results at appropriate national and international conferences.

11. To take the lead in the drafting of applications for funding, as requested by the PIs.

12. To take the lead in setting up protocols for use and maintenance of advanced research instrumentation and in setting up theoretical models or analysis strategies.

13. To develop and maintain external collaborations.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1 BSc in Marine, Life or Earth Science or a related discipline.
A2 Background in one of the following: ocean acidification, biomineralisation, marine biology, mineralogy, protein analysis, low temperature geochemistry or equivalent.

For appointment at Level 7:
A3 PhD in Marine, Life or Earth Sciences or a related discipline with experience in marine systems and/or mineralogy.


B1 Recently submitted/nearing completion of PhD.
B2 Experience of ocean acidification, protein characterisation or mineralogy.


C1 Ability to communicate complex material clearly.
C2 Good interpersonal, writing and presenting skills.
C3 Ability and willingness to be responsible for a long time-course experiment
C4 Ability to use initiative and judgement to plan and progress work.
C5 Ability to assess, organize and use resources.
C6 Ability and willingness to engage with the multidisciplinary nature of the project

D1 Skill in working with marine mesocosms
D2 Supervising skills.


E1 Minimum of 1-2 years’ relevant research experience or equivalent.
E2 Experience of scientific writing.
E3 High level of laboratory skills

For appointment at Level 7:
E4 A minimum of 5 years’ research experience with normally 1-2 years’ postdoctoral research experience, or equivalent.
E5 Able to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design and analysis of experiments and drafting of papers.

F1 Experience of long time-course experiments
F2 Experience of marine biominerals
F3 Experience in protein characterisation

Job Features

Planning and Organising
Proactively planning and organising the research tasks required of the project.
Effective organisational skills to manage time and prioritise research.
Plan, in conjunction with the PI, future individual/joint experiments and projects.
Organise, optimise and implement current project/duties after discussion with PI

For appointment at Level 7:
Take the lead on the planning & organising of different aspects relating to the project.

Decision Making
Initiative and independent judgement on all research related issues.
Purchases of technical materials (in conjunction with PI).
Input into decisions on experimental approaches, publication strategies, attendance at meetings.

For appointment at Level 7:
Substantial input in to decisions on experimental approaches, publication strategies, dissemination strategies and meetings.
Deciding where and how to apply for funding.

Internal/External Relationships
School colleagues to exchange information and ensure efficient working.
Internal and external collaborators as appropriate.

Problem Solving
Initiative & judgement required to solve day to day research problems independently e.g relating to techniques, procedures or protocols, equipment, staff, funding etc.
Analysis and interpretation of data generated from practical work.
Assist with problems relating to mesocosm, equipment and experiments as appropriate.
Assist with learning needs/requirements of students and colleagues.

For appointment at Level 7:
Selection of appropriate research avenues to establishing and maintaining an expert reputation and track record of publications.
Identifying potential sources of funding and making applications.

Complete work towards research papers and prepare manuscripts for submission. 

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 6, £25,854 – £29,099 / level 7 £31,798 – £35,788 per annum

This post has initial funding for 42 months.

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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