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:

Professor of Medical Nanotechnology

Salary range Negotiable
Working hoursThis post is 21 hours a week for year one, thereafter 17.5 hours a week
Closing DateMonday 28 January 2019

Applications are invited for a Professor of Medical Nanotechnology to develop and lead a new specialty at the university. The successful applicant will have an international standing in the field of nano-materials and nano-coatings, particularly in the med-tech sector. Experience of maintaining a patent portfolio and high quality publications are also essential criteria, while experience of start-up companies and knowledge of opto-electronics are a distinct advantage. The post is funded by the Inverness City Region Deal, as part of a £9 million pound investment that is funding a substantial expansion of the existing Health research team. Our remit is to deliver world class research and innovation across the Highlands & Islands region.

The Medical Nanotechnology Facility

In the first instance, the post-holder will be located in the Centre for Health Science building adjacent to Raigmore Hospital and funds are available to support substantial investment in laboratory instruments and machinery to initiate research. However, a custom-built laboratory on the nearby Inverness Campus is in the design phase. The medical nano-technology laboratory will be adjacent to an Innovation Suite of a brand new facility that will be linked to both an elective care centre specialising in orthopaedics and ophthalmology, and incubator space owned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The post-holder will be actively involved in shaping the Medical Nanotechnology facility in the new building in order to establish a world class research and innovation laboratory capable of delivering med-tech products to revolutionise the industry.

Candidate requirements:

  • A highly motivated and ambitious leader with an excellent academic track-record in the medical nanotechnology industry.
  • Background in applied physical sciences or related subject with specific experience in nanocoatings
  • A deep understanding of nanotechnology and its potential in health and life sciences
  • The ability to design and procure equipment for new laboratories to deliver world class nanotechnology research
  • The ability to lead and manage a research team and the associated budgets
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of confidentiality and intellectual property

Interviews will be held early February, in Inverness.

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