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Research Assistant/Associate

University of Glasgow - College of Science & Engineering

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £28,098 to £38,833 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th August 2018
Closes: 10th September 2018
Job Ref: E20356

Job Purpose

To make a leading contribution to a project, as part of an EPSRC/NIHR Global Challenge Research Fund programme aimed at developing novel field-based molecular diagnostic technologies in Africa ( You will primarily work with Professor Jon Cooper and Dr. Julien Reboud on the development of paper-based assay tools for field testing of both parasitic infectious and non-communicable diseases (see e.g. and


In the Advanced Diagnostics group in the Division of Biomedical Engineering 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

The specific aspect of the project you will undertake will focus on the development of molecular assays and their integration into the technology platform so that it can be used for rapid point-of-care diagnostics in the field, primarily targeting malaria and schistosomiasis. These two diseases infect more than 415 million people across the world and negatively affect many more. Importantly, you will work at the interface between biologists and engineers as well as with researchers from the Health Technology Assessment unit to evaluate the impact of the platforms you develop in the field. In addition, you will have the opportunity to test the devices in Rwanda and Uganda.

This job requires a knowledge of molecular biology and its application in microfluidics for point-of-care diagnostics as well as a creative aptitude and practical approach to problem solving coupled to the development of user friendly systems. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be able 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.

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 post is full time and has funding until 31 January 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.

Vacancy Ref: E20356, Closing date: 10 September 2018.

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