Research Associate/Fellow(s) in Digital Chemical Robotics

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose

To make a contribution to a project working with Prof Lee Cronin. (


The researcher(s) will be working in the area broad area of chemical robotics with skills combining some expertise and / or interest in the following areas: robotics, electronics design, microfluidics, optical control, 3D printing, analytics for chemistry. We are looking for someone with experience / wish to learn some of the following: complex chemical systems, reaction diffusion, analytical chemistry, chemical engineering. For appointment at grade 8 some post doctorial experience in multiple areas as listed above, or at the interdisciplinary interface and / or some expertise in research coordination and running a team would be required Perform the following activities in conjunction with the Principal/Co Investigator:

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Take a 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.
  • Take a role in the investigation of complex chemical systems using robotics and analytics. Collaborate with team-members to develop and implement automated platforms for chemical applications.
  • Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.
  • Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.
  • Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.
  • Take a 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.
  • Take a role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider community (eg. Academic and Industrial Partners).
  • Take a role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.
  • Help 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.
  • Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.
  • Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.
  • Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the PI.
  • For appointment at Grade 8:

    13. Take the lead in identifying and attracting new sources of independent and external research funding and researchers into this research area as opportunities permit to support future research.

    14. To present research findings at high profile national and international conferences, seminars and meetings to raise the profile of the research group in order to enhance the research strength of the School.

    15. To take a primary role in working with current Cronin-group industrial collaborators, centres, and potential industrial end users as well as identifying and establishing new collaborative agreements to support the research of the group and School.

    16. To make a leading contribution to the management of the team/project and sustain an enhanced level of academic outputs and profile.

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

    Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



    A1 An awarded PhD or equivalent in chemistry / engineering or a related area (or having submitted a PhD thesis prior to taking up the appointment).

    A2 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions in the use of robotics in chemistry.

    A3 Knowledge of programming using Python or a similar system.

    For appointment at Grade 8:


    A4 Some reputation in, and insight into, a relevant internationally competitive research area.

    A5 Knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area

    A6 Proven skills in management of teams of researchers and delivery of research output (meetings / publications / reports)


    B1 A Good understanding of the state-of-the-art in systems chemistry or chemical robotics.



    C1 Proven skills in a field relevant to at least one of the following: electronics design, robotics, microfluidics, electrochemistry, synthetic chemistry, optical control, 3D printing, analytics for chemistry.

    C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability.

    C3 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely.

    C4 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach.

    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 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach.

    C9 Good Team Leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills.

    For appointment at Grade 8 


    C10 Able to work both individually as well as part of a team and manage staff members as appropriate to disseminate findings to colleagues.

    C11 Strong cross-discipline collaborative ability, including evidence of working across industry and academia.

    C12 Able to work in both industrial and academic environments with a good understanding of key legislative and policy frameworks.



    E1 Sufficient relevant research experience, normally 2-3 years.

    E2 Experience in automation.

    E3 Experience of, or willingness to learn, programming.

    E4 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner.

    E5 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences.

    For Appointment at Grade 8 


    E6 Experience of the design, fabrication and building of automated systems for chemical synthesis and/or analysis.

    E7 Experience of leading and contributing to applications for research grants.

    E8 Experience in undertaking independent experimental, theoretical and applied research.

    Terms and Conditions

    Salary will be Grade  7/8 , £37,474 – £42,155 /£46,047 – £53,353 per annum.

    This post is full time, and has funding for up to 2 years

    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.

    3 A flexible approach to working.

    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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    Vacancy reference number: 109154

    Closing date: 11 April 2023

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