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 (Medical Nanotechnology)

Salary range £24,574 - £26,074 per annum
DurationFixed term for 24 months
Working hoursFull time (35 hours per week)
LocationCentre for Health Science, Inverness
Closing DateFriday 28 August 2020

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant in Medical Nanotechnology to work within the Institute of Health Research and Innovation at the School of Health, Social Care and Life Sciences. The role will support the Professor of Medical Nanotechnology in developing a new research specialty at the University of the Highlands and Islands. The successful applicant will have a background in biomedical engineering, medical physics or other related scientific discipline, and will have an interest in working in the field of nanomaterials and nano-coatings in collaboration with academia, industry and medical sectors.

The post is supported by the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal project and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, as part of a substantial expansion of world-class health and life sciences research and innovation within the Highlands and Islands.

The Medical Nanotechnology Facility
In the first instance, the post-holder will be located in the Centre for Health Science, adjacent to Raigmore Hospital. The postholder will support the setup and growth of the new Medical Nanotechnology facility so that it is adequately equipped with laboratory instruments and machinery to initiate a competitive research programme. A medical nanotechnology laboratory is also in development on the nearby Inverness Campus. This new laboratory will be housed within a bespoke university innovation building and co-located with a business incubator space owned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Candidate requirements:
• A highly motivated team player with an interest in working in a collaborative environment involving external stakeholders
• A background in applied physical sciences or related subject
• An understanding of laboratory operations
• The ability to support the setup of the new medical nanotechnology facility that will deliver world-class research
• A willingness to learn new techniques
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

This post is full-time for 24 months in the first instance and jointly funded by Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

For further information about this opportunity, please see the relevant job documents linked below.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 17 September 2020 by videoconferencing.

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