Chair in Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics and Statistics

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire (GB)
Thursday, 11 April 2019
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 12 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time





We are seeking to recruit an individual with a strong research portfolio in the area of computational statistical biology. The individual should have research activities in the field of interdisciplinary bioinformatics or biostatistics and would integrate and synergise with the broad range of ‘omics research in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition and the broader University, especially the School of Biological Sciences. The successful candidate would have the opportunity to provide strategic scientific direction to our internationally respected Genomic (Centre for Genome-Enabled Biology & Medicine, CGEBM ( and Proteomic Technology Hubs (, which are part of extensive University-wide core facilities. 

The successful candidate will be based within the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) (, where we have internationally recognised strengths through research in arthritis, regenerative and translational medicine, bacterial and fungal immunology, cardiovascular and metabolic health, cell and developmental biology, systems biology and translational neuroscience.  The successful candidate will forge links with staff within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) (, which includes the Medical Statistics Team and the Centre for Health Data Science (ACHDS) ( with its considerable expertise in big data. In addition, the successful candidate will be encouraged to develop research and teaching links with the Rowett Institute ( where the Proteomics technology Hub and extensive mass spectroscopic equipment and skills are located, as well as with the School of Biological Sciences ( 

We wish to appoint an excellent scientist with a strong academic track record in bioinformatics / biostatistics. For a Chair/Reader appointment, applicants will have an established research programme, preferably in an area with strong links to our bio-medical research using ‘omics technologies, and a proven ability to attract a portfolio of external research funding from a variety of sources including charities, research councils (UKRI), government funding or the pharmaceutical industry. They will have a record of delivering high quality scientific output and publications, building an externally funded research team and creating a vibrant environment for research and teaching. The successful applicant will establish fruitful research and teaching partnerships within the Institutes of Medical Sciences and Applied Health Sciences and across the School. 

Appointment at Senior Lecturer level will be considered for applicants who can demonstrate a career track towards these criteria and who already have the required skills and interests in their ongoing work in this area.

A contribution to the teaching portfolio within the School is required and candidates should demonstrate excellence in education and supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

Public engagement with research is embedded within the IMS and is an important objective of the wider School. Therefore, appointees will be expected to contribute and expand the current portfolio.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 9 salary scale (£59,828 - £67,318 per annum) for Chairs or the Grade 8 salary scale (£51,630 - £58,089 per annum) for Readers or Senior Lecturers, and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience. 

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 3 year probation period.

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Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Grant Rae, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 437068 or email for further information.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 May 2019

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:

Professor Paul Fowler, Interim Head of School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition,
01224 437528 

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Professor Fowler. 

Please quote reference number IMS150A on all correspondence 
The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff.