Work / study with us

Work / study with us

There are various opportunities to become involved in the work we do. 

Job vacancies

We currently have the following job opportunities available.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Anaesthetics

This post represents an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and ambitious individual to join researchers within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS), School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition (SMMSN) which is currently highly rated in all national league tables. 

The IAHS have a vibrant programme which includes all aspects of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, focusing on pain management and also assess the effectiveness of interventions through observational studies, trials and evidence synthesis. We are currently developing major programmes of research in transforming perioperative health services and now seek someone with expertise in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine, pain science, but also epidemiology and health services research, to join our team.

The team closely collaborates with active NHS research staff and trainees from the Department of Anaesthesia, NHS Grampian, which includes more than 100 staff members, and has a rich teaching programme and an expanding scientific output. We collaborate with national and international organisations and host the Pain and Opioids after Surgery (PANDOS) research group, funded by the European Society for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) (Chair: Professor Patrice Forget, Clinical Chair in Anaesthesia).

For individuals appointed at Lecturer level, salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 7 salary scale, and for individuals appointed at Senior Lecturer level, salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 8 salary scale per annum, pro rata and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries should be made to Professor Siladitya Bhattacharya, Head of School (

For more details and to apply for the Lecturer/Senior Lecturer role, click here.

Closing date for applications is 03rd December 2023.

PhD degrees

We currently have no funded studentships available. Please check back for future announcements, or read below to find out more about general PhD enquiries.

Additional PhD opportunities

We are always keen to hear from well qualified and highly motivated potential PhD students. If you are interested in joining our PhD programme, please send us an email including your curriculum vitae. We receive many contacts per year and will only consider those who fit well within at least one of our research themes - so make clear that you do so in a covering letter. Potential students should be aware, however, that most of the sources of funding for our PhD students only provide fee support at the level for students eligible for 'home' fee status (UK) - see 'UK Parliament - Eligibility for home fee status and student support in Scotland'.

You can read about some of the training available to students and testimonials from previous PhD students here.

Interested persons should contact the head of group, Professor Gary Macfarlane, on


Scientists or clinicians who are interested in joining us for a defined period of sabbatical study and whose research interests are linked to those of the group should contact us to discuss possibilities. There are a limited number of fellowships available within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences and the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition and we support applications for fellowships of mutual benefit.

You can read about people who have recently spent a sabbatical with us here.

Interested persons should contact Professor Macfarlane on

Patient & public involvement and engagement

Get involved!

The group recognises that collaborating with patients, carers, community and charitable organisations, and individuals with relevant experience positively impacts on all stages of research. Patient and public involvement in our work helps to identify the most relevant research priorities, allows for better design, management and undertaking of research projects and improves interpretation and dissemination of our findings.

If you would like to get involved please complete our Expression of Interest form here