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:

Research Assistant in Proteomics

Salary range £24,574 - £30,228 per annum
DurationFixed term for 18 months
Working hours35 hours per week
LocationCentre for Health Science, Inverness
Closing DateMonday 7 October 2019

We are seeking a research assistant with excellent analytical skills to undertake the characterisation and quantification of peptides in body fluids and tissues. We have recently been awarded a project grant from the Michael J Fox Foundation in collaboration with colleagues at Newcastle University. This study is focussed on the assessment of peptide biomarkers for improving the diagnosis and prognostic evaluation of Parkinson’s disease.

The position will involve sample preparation, operation of a high-resolution liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) system and the processing of data sets. The successful candidate will have a BSc in a biological/biomedical science or analytical chemistry and experience in the operation of LC-MS/MS systems.

The position will be based in the Division of Biomedical Sciences within the department of Health Research and Innovation at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Located in the Centre for Health Science in Inverness, the department is founded on several areas of interest that includes clinical research, inflammation biology, lipidomics and proteomics. The department has recently undergone a major programme of expansion and our purpose-built laboratories house a dedicated spectrometry suite that is equipped with Orbitrap and QTrap platforms.

Interviews will be held week commencing 28 October 2019.

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