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The University of the Highlands and Islands is the United Kingdom’s leading integrated university encompassing both further and higher education. Based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, our distinctive partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions is locally based and rooted in communities, but with national and international reach, as part of a regional university structure.

To support our work we are recruiting to the following role :

Postdoctoral Researcher (Interreg 1)

Salary range £29,896 - £34,657 per annum
Duration Fixed term for 2.5 years
Working hours 35 hours per week
Location Inverness
Closing Date Wednesday 3 January 2018

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher to join the expanding Rural Health and Wellbeing team to undertake research and evaluation activities associated with the Centre for Personalised Medicine (CPM) – Research Cluster 4: ‘Unscheduled Care in Diabetes’ project. The ‘Unscheduled care in diabetes’ project is led by Ulster university and funded by the INTERREG VA funding stream; it involves partnership working spanning health service providers in the West of Scotland, Northern Ireland and border region of Ireland. The project aims to reduce unscheduled care for people with diabetes in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, by improving decision support for patients, their families and health care staff in order that care may be safely provided within community settings. It will involve establishing the main reasons for unscheduled care in the three study sites, and developing and testing an intervention to improve self-management and reduce existing rates of unscheduled care. The Rural Health and Wellbeing team at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) will work in close collaboration with partners on the project and the post-holder will play a key role in designing and evaluating the intervention. The post-holder will be based at the Centre for Health Science, Inverness, joining a recently substantially expanded Rural Health Research team, as UHI works towards developing a fully-fledged School of Health at the university. The remit of the new School will be to deliver top class teaching, research and innovation across the Highlands & Islands region.

Candidate requirements:

  • PhD with an excellent academic track record and at least one original publication.
  • Strong background in mixed methods research and/or the evaluation of complex interventions. Experience of research in a rural and/or health area  would be an advantage
  • Ability to work as part of a team, but able to plan and work independently.
  • Excellent communication skills and proficiency in English.

This project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 16 January 2018.

If you have any queries about the application process please contact the Personnel Office at personnel@uhi.ac.uk or on 01463 279239.