University of Glasgow

Job Purpose

To provide in-depth technical expertise in physiology and molecular biology and provide advice on the creation, set up and best operation of technical resources to aid the delivery of research and/or teaching objectives. In addition, the postholder will undertake a range of technical support activities in line with the School strategy.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1.         Provide in-depth technical support, primarily in physiology, ranging from whole animal work, hormone assays, cell culture and molecular biological studies, to academic and student service users working in the theme Physiology Aging and Welfare within SBOHVM. Contribute to the overall smooth and efficient running of the lab to ensure an excellent experience for service users.

2.         Provide in-depth technical knowledge, solutions, and advice to service users to maximise the learning experience and/or contribute to the delivery of research objectives.

3.         Develop, create and test new equipment, systems, procedures, protocols, models and/or techniques. Diagnose faults and troubleshoot day-to-day problems carrying out appropriate maintenance as required.

4.         To complete laboratory administrative duties, including maintain appropriate stock levels, seeking quotes and ordering and obtaining laboratory supplies/consumables within defined budgets, ensure safe implementation and ongoing storage and disposal of potentially hazardous materials. etc, so as to ensure the smooth operation of the laboratory.

5.         Design, plan and organise technical activities to meet the needs of service users within agreed timescales.

6.         Participate in whole animal studies including postmortem tissue collections, when required.

7.         In liaison with relevant senior staff, monitor technical standards. Advise, implement, and evaluate improvements to existing protocols as required.

8.         Collect, analyse and interpret data using standard procedures and ensure that accurate records are kept, and databases are updated accordingly. Present findings accurately. This may include research and/or teaching related data.

9.         To advise, train and provide guidance to service users in the best application and operation of technical and laboratory resources.

10.     Where relevant, and in consultation with relevant senior staff, ensure the safe and efficient functioning of the technical work-space and facilities. This includes, but is not limited to, supporting the completion of risk assessments and COSHH assessments, ensuring that all Health and Safety paperwork is completed timeously and recorded accurately, and implementing and adhering to all applicable health and safety policies, including specialist legal procedures for certain materials.

11.     Where relevant supervise staff including allocating work and monitoring progress and outputs.

12.     Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team meetings/discussions and contribute to the wider College/Institute/School activities as required.

13.     Keep up to date with advances in the relevant discipline (including physiology and molecular biology) and apply this knowledge to technical activities to further enhance the learning experience and/or contribute to the delivery of research aims.

The above duties are not exhaustive and the postholder will be required to undertake any other relevant duties as required by the line manger which are commensurate with the grade of the post.



A1. Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 7 [Advanced Higher / Scottish vocational Qualification level 3, Higher National Certificate] or equivalent, and experience of personal development in a similar role.

A2. Detailed technical knowledge and expertise in molecular biology, and related discipline.

A3. Up to date knowledge of relevant laboratory Health and Safety legislation.


B1. BSc Degree or equivalent in Veterinary Biosciences or a relevant discipline

B2. Working towards Professional Registration with relevant body.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


C1. Demonstrable in-depth technical skills aligned to our physiology and molecular biology research projects. This may include whole animal work, hormone assays, DNA/RNA extraction , sequencing, qRTPCR, nuclei acid assays, immunocytochemistry and protein analysis including Western blotting.

C2. Have experience working with experimental animals including tissue collection postmortem.

C3. Significant IT skills, including proficient use of relevant specialist and standard software packages.

C4. Well-developed analytical and problem-solving capability, including high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.

C5. Proven interpersonal and communication skills.

C6. Excellent teamworking skills and where relevant to the post, supervisory or line management skills.

C7. Ability to plan and prioritise workload to meet competing demands.

C8. Significant relevant work experience within a similar environment, including evidence of previous professional development.

C9. Experience of understanding and interpreting the technical requirements of service users and implementing appropriate methods of achieving their needs.

C10. Experience of planning and organising own workload to meet the needs of service users.

Additional Information

Our School is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. As we are a merging of two Athena Swan Silver award winning bodies (the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine) we aim to achieve an Athena Swan award for the School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine

The award demonstrates our commitment to best practice in recruiting and supporting the career development and progression of female scientists, addressing gender inequalities in higher education.  The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences is re-shaping this year to create 8 new Schools that bring staff together around thematic strengths, across the strategic pillars of education, research and innovation.  More information on the College re-shape can be accessed here: MVLS 2025.  The new College shape took effect from 1 August 2022 and this post will be based in the School of Biodiversity, One Health and Veterinary Medicine.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 5, £23,715 – £27,929 per annum.

This post is full time (35 hours p/w) and open ended.

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

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

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