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Research Fellow (Bioinformatics)

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 within the university’s executive office, located in Inverness.


Research Fellow - Bioinformatics

£35,099 to £40,690 per annum

Funding secured until March 2021


Develop bioinformatic capabilities for mass spectrometry based lipidomics and proteomics at a university like no other, and enjoy a lifestyle that is just as unique.

Discover a different world

There is nowhere on earth quite like the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. One of the most stunning areas of natural beauty on the planet, our historic communities, striking peaks, wild valleys and deep lochs are rich in cultural heritage.

We are also home to much of what is best in today’s world - from excellent schools and first-class healthcare, to a well-developed transport infrastructure, and superbly-situated, high-quality homes. With investment in digital connectivity through a state-of-the-art telecoms network, and in green energy from hydro-electric dams, we are embracing tomorrow.

Whether you love kayaking or woodland walking, fine dining or live performance, you will discover a wealth of opportunity among our urban centres and rural communities alike.

The University of the Highlands & Islands is equally distinctive. We are the UK’s leading integrated university; a partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions offering both further and higher education. Our innovative approach to learning, and our distinctive research and curriculum, underpin thriving businesses and economic prosperity. We are locally based and rooted in communities, yet with national and international reach.

Here, you will discover space to spread your wings and live life to the full.


Your role

At the Lipidomics Research Facility, within our Department of Diabetes & Cardiovascular Science, you will enjoy the scope to develop a distinctive research profile on both the national and international stage. We will look to you to lead and manage a portfolio of projects focused on developing bioinformatic capabilities for mass spectrometry based lipidomics and proteomics. Ultimately, you will play a key part in solving problems of biological, biomedical and clinical relevance. Along the way, you will benefit from our strong links with leading researchers around the world, as well as excellent facilities in our purpose built labs. These include a dedicated mass spectrometry suite with systems including Orbitrap, Q-Trap and triple quadruple LC-MS/MS.


Your credentials

To be equal to the challenge, you will need a relevant PhD and postgraduate experience in mass spectrometry-based bioinformatics. With strong skills in computation and bioinformatic analysis or lipidomic and/or proteomic data sets, plus the ability to programme, you have experience of developing bioinformatic solutions, methodologies and techniques. An excellent communicator and team player with a flexible, innovative and ambitious approach, you have secured grants, collaborated on projects, and published at least one internationally excellent original paper.


The closing date is Monday 7 November 2016.

 Interviews will be held at a later date in Inverness.


Further details


If you have any queries about the application process please contact the Personnel Office at personnel@uhi.ac.uk or on 01463 279214.