UHI 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 12 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 (Medical Nanotechnology)

Reference no.539
Salary range £25,192 - £26,730 pa pro rata
DurationFixed term - until March 2025
Working hours35hrs per week
Closing DateFriday 14 October 2022

Institute of Health Research and Innovation

The Institute of Health Research and Innovation was constituted in February 2018. It is embedded in the School of Health, Social Care and Life Sciences, and focuses on the two broad themes of Biomedical Sciences and Rural Health and Wellbeing.

Health research at the university has significantly grown since 2016, thanks to various external sources of funding for projects of European and international scale. The Institute was returned to REF2014 and REF2021 – UK-wide exercises to measure excellence in research. In 2021, 28% of our research was classed as world-leading, a substantial increase over the 17% equivalent score in 2014.


Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal – investment programme in the School of Health, Social Care and Life Sciences

As part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal managed by the Highland Council, the university was awarded £9m from the UK Government to establish key infrastructure and innovation capacity.

A custom-built facility on the Inverness Campus will operate as a flexible open access commercialisation facility, with a strong theme of collaboration with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, NHS Highland, the academic sector and commercial partners. This activity will generate new products and services, business start-ups and licensing deals, as well as healthcare service improvements and new models for clinical delivery for the NHS.

The new university facility will be collocated with the new life sciences innovation hub operated by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Although it will be physically located on Inverness Campus, it will support developments around the Highlands and Islands. The National Treatment Centre (Highland) will also be located on Inverness Campus, which will foster tripartite collaboration with NHS Highland. All building works are underway, and the university facility is currently due to open in late 2022.


Medical Nanotechnology

Medical nanotechnology has been identified as a beacon research and innovation theme to meet the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal outcomes. It is a new theme for the Institute of Health Research and Innovation with a momentum gained thanks to the appointment of Professor Alistair Kean in 2019.

Interviews will be held mid-November.

If you have any queries about the application process please contact the HR Office at HR@uhi.ac.uk.