Research Assistant/Associate

University of Glasgow - School of Engineering

Job Purpose
To make a leading contribution to a project, as part of an EPSRC Global Challenge Research Fund programme aimed at developing novel biological wastewater treatment technologies in Thailand. You will primarily work with Dr. Julien Reboud on the development of assay tools for the monitoring of the wastewater treatment process and in close collaboration with Professor William Sloan and Dr Stephanie Connelly, who are developing new methodologies and reactors for biological treatment of wastewater.

Background
Together with Professor Jon Cooper, we have developed a portfolio of technologies to enable low-cost, low-power (no power or battery-powered), point-of-use advanced diagnostic devices. Using paper-folding techniques, we have shown that resource-intensive assays, such as nucleic acid tests to detect the genetic material of the pathogen, can be delivered in an ultra-low cost, portable format. These sensors have been produced using hot-wax printing and the assay, which can be performed by a non-expert, uses paper-folding (origami) to bring sample and reagents into contact (see http://tinyurl.com/z3vv7fe).

The specific aspect of the project you will undertake, will be focused on the development the technology platform so that it can be used for routine monitoring of water treatment process using technologies that are being developed for use in the field. Importantly, the technology you will work on will feed data into public health and epidemiological studies on the effectiveness of decentralized wastewater treatment technologies.

This job requires some knowledge of microfluidics and molecular diagnostics, including sample processing and detection together with a creative, practical aptitude to problem solving and the development of user friendly systems.

Standard Terms & Conditions
Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 6/7, £28,098 - £31,604 / £34,520 - £38,833 per annum.

This position has funding for up to 2 years in the first instance.

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 equity.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

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