Job Details

Research Assistant (Part-time)

Reference Number
College / Service
Job Family
Research And Teaching
Position Type
Part Time
Salary Range

Job Purpose

The post-holder will contribute to a joint ESRC-AHRC funded participatory research project exploring young people’s perspectives on health inequalities led by Dr Gillian Fergie. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in qualitative research methods and an interest in population health.

The post-holder 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 project, as opportunities allow.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal Investigator (PI):

1. Assist and contribute to predetermined, prescribed or individual/joint research objectives, under supervision of the PI and in accordance with the project deliverables and MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit research strategy.

2. Undertake analyses of multi-media qualitative data and undertake literature reviews of relevant research and methodological literature.

3. Design, coordinate and ensure the smooth running of the period of recruitment and data generation at two sites (Glasgow and Leeds); develop study documentation, implement data management procedures and ensure safeguarding of data; liaise with creative partner organisations and maintain project communications with participants; coordinate study events, meetings and workshops.

4. 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.

5. Develop and enhance your research profile and reputation and that of the University of Glasgow, Institute of Health and Wellbeing 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.

6. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of data, maintaining detailed records and databases, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate.

7. 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.

8. Contribute to 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.

9. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops across the research Group/Unit/University and wider community (e.g. academic and community partners).

10. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit including budget and expenditure monitoring, and stock control.

11. Contribute to outreach and recruitment activities of the University of Glasgow.

12. Carry out modest teaching activities and associated administration as assigned by the Director of Institute and in consultation with PI.

13. Be responsible for safety management related to the organisation and running of the project.

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

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

16. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Director of Institute and/or PI.

17. Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s International profile in line with the Strategic Plan, Glasgow 2020 – A Global Vision.

These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may reasonably be expected to perform.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


A1. Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 10 (Honours Degree). May be working towards post-graduate qualification such as Masters (SCQF level 11) or PhD (SCQF level 12) in relevant Humanities or Social Science discipline and experience of personal development in similar role
A2. Theoretical and practical knowledge in a research related field.
A3. A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or subject specialism.
A4. Knowledge of specialist IT software (e.g. NVivo) as appropriate.
A5. Knowledge of participatory research approaches in the social sciences/health sciences.

B1. Working towards or completed PhD (SCQF level 12) in Health and Social Research or related field.
B2. Understanding of debates around social policy development, research impact and knowledge exchange.


C1. Qualitative research skills.
C2. Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate.
C3. Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach.
C4. Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely.
C5. Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills.
C6. Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate.
C7. Self motivation, initiative and independent thought/working.
C8. Initiative and judgement to resolve problems independently, including demonstrating a flexible and pragmatic approach.

D1. Flexibility and creativity in approach to research and engagement with research partners.


E1. Sufficient breadth and/or depth of knowledge in the specialist subject/discipline and of research/teaching methods and techniques, demonstrated through relevant work experience (including experience gained throughout PhD).
E2. Experience in the collection and analysis of data.
E3. Experience of scientific writing.
E4. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner.
E5. Evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field.

F1. Experience of engagement with young people.
F2. Experience of engagement with diverse research partners.

Job Features

To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality.
Publish as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescales.
Informal supervision and support of less experienced members of the project team e.g. postgraduate and project students.
Undertake teaching or other duties in accordance with Institute/School policy.
Engage 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 of research, teaching and administrative duties.
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 Making
Undertake decision making on all aspects of research project/activities.
Prioritise own workload and where appropriate delegate to junior team members.
Decide on research directions and goals within remit of original project proposal.
Adjust research approaches to meet project outcomes.
Identify best journals for publication and meetings/conferences to attend.
Purchase of equipment and materials.

Internal/External Relationships
University colleagues: to exchange information to ensure efficient working and to facilitate cross disciplinary working.
External bodies/collaborators: proactively maintain co-operation and links at all levels to enhance profile and reputation.
Dissemination: 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 ideas.
Be aware of project and budgetary issues and equipment lead times.
Assistance of undergraduate/postgraduate students and junior team members with problems relating to research project.

Representation of the University/College/Institute through presentation at national and international events.
Attendance at training events to learn and implement new research technologies.
Prepared to travel to meetings in the UK/Europe and elsewhere as required by the University.
Additional Information 
The source of funding is 100% external from ESRC and is not subject to the MRC QQR process.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 6, £29,176 - £32,817 per annum, pro rated to 28 hours per week.

This post is part time (28 hours per week) and has funding up to 31 July 2021.

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.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy Reference: 030963,   Closing Date: 22 December 2019