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Senior Lecturer (Immunology)

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.

Senior Lecturer in Immunology

£41,909 to £48,586 per annum

Funding secured until March 2021


Applications are invited for a Senior Lecturer to undertake research relating to the role of human plasma antibodies in common health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and mental disorders. The successful candidate will have an excellent publication record, with research outputs since 2014 that would merit 3* (Internationally Excellent) or 4* (World Leading) classification in the upcoming Research Excellence Framework. The post holder will be responsible for leading and managing a portfolio of research projects in theme areas appropriate to developing the local, national and international research and consultancy profile of our Health Research. They will manage, mentor and develop a team of junior researchers and will be expected to grow this team under their leadership. The teaching objectives include the design and delivery of postgraduate and undergraduate modules and programmes. The post is funded in the first instance by the local development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, as part of a multi-million pound investment that will fund a substantial expansion of the existing Health Research team to develop a fully-fledged School of Health at the university. The remit of the new School will be to deliver top class teaching, research and innovation across the Highlands and Islands region.

The Genetics and Immunology Group and the Division of Health Research

The Genetics and Immunology Group is a core element of the Division of Health Research, within the university. As well as this research group, the division boasts a Free Radicals Research Facility, a Lipidomics Research Facility and a Rural Health Research Group, with a current total of around 15 staff and around 5 PhD students. Since inception in 2006, the Division has won more than £3 million in external project funding to support its activities and has already reached capacity in the Centre for Health Science, Inverness. The Lipidomics Research Facility, made possible through £2.1 million of structural funds, is amongst the first such facilities in the UK. Lipidomics completes a unique and highly competitive research unit with the potential for a distinctive profile on both the national and international stage. Most recently, we have expanded our operation to include a new teaching and research laboratory on the recently completed Inverness Campus (http://www.invernesscampus.co.uk/).

Candidate requirements:      

  • PhD in a relevant subject
  • Postgraduate experience in research in immunology relating to relevant diseases
  • Solid publication record
  • At least one original research paper considered to be internationally excellent or world leading since 2014
  • Experience of module development and teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level
  • Experience of PhD supervision
  • Experience of collaborative projects with external higher education institutes
  • Successful grant applications to EU, research councils, charities or government agencies
  • Detailed knowledge of immunology or immunogenetics
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Management of grant funding
    • Ability to work alone and as part of a team
    • Diligent
    • Flexible
    • Innovative
    • Ability to work to tight deadlines
    • Ambitious
    • Questioning mind
    • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organisation

Further enquiries about the post should be directed to Prof Jun Wei (jun.wei@uhi.ac.uk).


This is a full time post and will involve working 35 hours per week.

The closing date is Thursday 3 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.