Research Associate

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose

To make a leading contribution to a project focused on utilising and designing optical systems for next generation 3D printers that do not require support structures. Currently, such support structures limit the type of items that can be created by using the state-of-the-art printers available. Therefore, this project could revolutionise the future of additive manufacturing. Working as part of the Structured Photonics Research Group based in the Advanced Research Centre, you will lead the development of novel optical control, tracking, and feedback strategies for stereolithography in dynamic environments. This project will have both fundamental investigations and applied elements. During the project we will deliver both high impact publications and develop system prototypes. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the development of research proposals and help manage this exciting project.

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.        Take a leading 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.        Take the lead 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, Inspiring People Changing The World.



A1 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)

Knowledge & Skills


C1 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism

C2 Knowledge of the principles control of spatial light modulators or opto-mechanics.

C3 Knowledge of computer control of experimental systems and appropriate control strategies.

C4 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher



E1 Experienced in using coding languages such as Python, Matlab, Labview or Mathematica, for simulation, data processing and experimental control.

E2 Experienced in the design, creation, and alignment of optical systems.

E3 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

E4 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences

E5 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities

E6 Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers.

E7 Experience in undertaking independent research


F1 Experienced in use of phased array antennas in acoustics, radio or optics.

F2 Experienced in design of digital holograms.

Closing date – 5 April 2023

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 7, £37,474 – £42,155 per annum.

This post is full time, and has funding for up to 24 months

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension – pensions handbook, benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community

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