Postdoctoral Research Associate Position (Technology critical metal recycling using ultrasonics and catalytic etchants (SonoCat)) at the University of Glasgow

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position (Technology critical metal recycling using ultrasonics and catalytic etchants (SonoCat)) at the University of Glasgow

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position (Technology critical metal recycling using ultrasonics and catalytic etchants (SonoCat)) at the University of Glasgow. 

Job Purpose

To make a leading contribution to the project Technology critical metal recycling using ultrasonics and catalytic etchants (SonoCat) working with Dr Andrew Feeney and Dr Paul Prentice. The successful candidate 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

1. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy.

2. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.

3. Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow/ School/ Research Group, including establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint 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.

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

5. Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.

6. Take a leading role in 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.

7. Taking a lead role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider community (e.g. Academic and Industrial Partners).

8. 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.

9. Handling the lead role in 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.

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

11. Make a leading contribution to Teaching activities (e.g. demonstrating etc) and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with Principal Investigator.

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

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

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

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

Required Qualifications

  • 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).

Required Knowledge and Skills for the Postdoctoral Research Associate Position


  1. A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialist.
  2. Knowledge of ultrasonics, acoustic cavitation, and transducer fabrication.
  3. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner.

Required Experience


  1. Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher.
  2. A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences.
  3. Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities.
  4. Ability 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.
  5. An experience in undertaking independent research.

Dimensions of Duties

To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality Publish and seek funding 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 school policy Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory Leadership in the design and implementation in your specific research project(s) as appropriatee.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £36,382 – £40,927 per annum.

This position is full time and with funding 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 equality.

How to apply for the Postdoctoral Research Associate Position

Interested and qualified candidates can apply via this link

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.


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