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 (Co-Design of Highland Respiratory Pathway) 0.7 FTE

Salary range £31,134 - £36,092 per annum
DurationFixed term until April 2021
Working hours24.5 hours
LocationCentre for Health Science, Inverness
Closing DateSunday 29 September 2019

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to join the Division of Rural Health and Wellbeing within the Institute of Health Research and Innovation (Inverness). The PDR will undertake work on a technology enabled care pathfinder project, funded by the Scottish Government. The project will use co-design and digital narrative methods to redesign the respiratory care pathway in Highland in collaboration with healthcare professionals, patients and other stakeholders. We expect the PDR to carry out qualitative research, with a strong focus on stakeholder engagement, facilitating focus groups and carrying out interviews. The postholder will be required to work closely with our partners in NHS Highland and the third sector. In addition, the PDR will support the academic leads to prepare conference presentations and peer reviewed papers based on the work. 

The Division of Rural Health and Wellbeing

The post will be based within the Division of Rural Health and Wellbeing, based at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness. The Centre is on the edge of the new 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.

Our rural health research team works to advance theory, knowledge and practice in the field of rural health. We carry out research, knowledge exchange, commercialisation and teaching activities that are related to the physical, mental health and wellbeing of people living or working within remote and rural communities.

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. The Division is currently led by Dr. Sarah-Anne Munoz (Acting Head) and Dr. Mark Grindle (Senior Lecturer in Digital Health).

Candidate requirements:

  • PhD with an excellent academic track record and at least one publication submitted to a high impact journal.
  • Strong background in qualitative research, community engagement and/or participatory action research.
  • Sound understanding of digital health and technologies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with non-academic project partners.  
  • 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.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 10 October 2019.

If you have any queries about the application process please contact the Personnel Office at or on 01463 279239.