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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 Fellow

Salary range £35,696 - £41,382 per annum
DurationFixed term for three years
Working hours35 hours per week
Closing DateFriday 24 August 2018

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in Rural Health and Wellbeing to our expanding Division of Rural Health and Wellbeing. The post holder will undertake research relating to our core themes within rural health social science and digital health. In addition to research, the post holder will take part in knowledge exchange, community engagement processes and evaluation. There will also be opportunities for the successful candidate to engage with other partners within the rural health network including UHI colleges, clinical partners and those from other HEIs. The post is funded by the local development agency, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, as part of a multi-million pound investment that will fund a substantial expansion of the existing Health Research team and a fully-fledged School of Health at the university. The remit of the new School is to deliver top class teaching, research and innovation across the Highlands & Islands region.

Division of Rural Health and Wellbeing

The Rural Health and Wellbeing team is a core element of the School of Health, located in The Centre for Health Science, Inverness. The unit’s research overarching themes of service design and delivery as well as promotion of health and wellbeing include projects in: Older people’s services; Digital health: Technology in health and social care; Community engagement and co-production; Diabetes services; Health behaviour change; Physical activity promotion.

The Rural Health team has an excellent track record in attracting external project funding from a variety of sources at national and international level and delivering award winning projects.

Candidate requirements:

  • PhD with an excellent academic track record; including publications in high ranking journals.
  • Strong background in qualitative research, community engagement, participatory action research or digital health. Experience of research in a rural and/or health area would be an advantage.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, but able to plan and work independently.
  • Excellent communication skills and proficiency in English.

Interviews will be held on a date yet to be confirmed.

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