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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 2)

Salary range £29,896 - £34,657 per annum
Duration Fixed term for 3 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 1: ‘Primary coronary intervention (PCI) in myocardial infarction’ 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 involves a series of studies to design, build and trial smart phone-based solutions to improve the diagnostic accuracy of ECG interpretation in clinical practice. The smart phone apps may involve decision support tools and a context-aware mLearning app to sustain the physician’s ability to accurately interpret ECGs. It may also involve the development of rule based algorithms to improve the detection of heart attacks. The Researcher will also be working closely with PhD students who will also be using wearable computing and data analytics to study factors that influence human decision making in cardiology. In summary, the candidate is expected to be proficient in computing science and software development. They should be interested in medical or healthcare informatics and should be keen to apply computing technologies in medicine. The candidate should be willing to undertake data collection, analysis and statistical analysis.

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.

Rural Health and Wellbeing

The Rural Health and Wellbeing team is a core element of the Division of Health Research, located in the Centre for Health Science Building at Inverness Campus The new campus brings together Inverness College UHI, the UHI genetics team, SRUC and new and existing companies with an interest in health and life sciences. The unit’s research overarching themes of service design and delivery as well as promotion of health and wellbeing include projects in: Older people’s services; Digital health: Technology in health and social care; Community engagement and co-production; Diabetes services; Health behaviour change; Physical activity promotion. The Rural Health team has an excellent track record in attracting external project funding from a variety of sources at national and international level and delivering award winning projects.

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 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.