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

Job vacancies

We currently have the following vacancies available:

Research Fellow: Mixed Methods (QUICK / PACFiND)

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional Research Fellow with mixed methods research experience to join the Epidemiology Group. You will join a team of staff and collaborators to work across two methodologically innovative studies with important implications for people living and working with chronic pain.

The research fellow will be specifically engaged in the Medical Research Council-funded QUICK Study (Quantifying the Impact of Chronic pain on work) and Versus Arthritis-funded PACFiND Study (Patient-centered Care for Fibromyalgia: New pathway Design). They will be responsible for conducting focus groups, a Delphi study, and workshops involving a range of stakeholders (e.g. patients, carers, family members, care providers, employers, policy makers) to ultimately develop a new tool for assessing the impact of chronic pain on work (QUICK) and co-designing new models of care for patients with fibromyalgia (PACFiND), a common condition with symptoms of pain, fatigue and sleep disturbance.

This 100% FTE post is available for up to 22 months.

For more details and to apply for the Research Fellow role, click here.

Closing date for applications is 7th November 2021.

Assistant Study Coordinator: UK Antimicrobial Registry

We have recently been awarded the contract to run the UK Antimicrobial Registry (UKAR).  Working with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy ( this registry will seek to recruit patients in secondary care commencing certain antimicrobial agents, from hospitals across the UK.

We are now looking to appoint an Assistant Study Coordinator on a full-time basis, for four years in the first instance.

The successful applicant will be highly motivated with experience in working on observational epidemiological studies or randomised controlled trials.  A knowledge of research governance procedures for the conduct of such studies is expected.  In addition, candidates should have the ability to work both as part of a team, and independently.  Under the direction of the chief investigators, the post-holder will work with the Study Coordinator in preparing regulatory documents, preparing and seeking approvals for amendments to the study protocol, training recruitment centres, providing regulatory reports, monitoring recruitment and assisting with quality assurance procedures.  Time management, attention to detail and excellent communication skills are essential.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Chief Investigators and the Study Coordinator, and other members of the study team.  They may be required, occasionally, to work on other studies, but their primary responsibility will be to the UKAR.

For more details and to apply for the Assistant Study Coordinator role, click here.

Closing date for applications is 8th November 2021.

Administration Coordinator (0.8 FTE)

We are looking to appoint a motivated, flexible and experienced Administration Coordinator whose primary responsibility will be to provide a full and efficient range of secretarial, clerical and technical assistance to the group. The successful candidate will be a dynamic person who will have experience of administration in a Higher Education setting and will have knowledge about the key administrative processes. 

Candidates should have the ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, Time management, attention to detail and excellent communication skills are essential.The post demands a high degree of flexibility and a can-do manner, with the ability to deal with ad-hoc requests for assistance as required.

You should have excellent IT skills, general office experience (ideally a secretarial qualification), and the ability to work as a team member in a busy environment.  You should be educated to at least Standard Grade level (or equivalent), be flexible, highly motivated and have excellent communication and organisational skills.

This post is for 0.8 FTE and while there is potential for some homeworking and flexibility, it is envisaged that this post will primarily require being office-based.

For more details and to apply for the Administration Coordinator role, click here.

Closing date for applications is 18th November 2021.

PhD degree

We currently have no PhD studentships available. Please check back for future 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 UK and/or European Union based students.

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


We have a small number of internships available annually to work within our research programmes. These give students the opportunity to work on a research project, contribute to publications and participate in training events. We have a memorandum of understanding with the University of Bremen and have also accepted students from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, but will consider students from elsewhere. We are currently welcoming applications for internships beginning in September 2022. You can read about the experiences of some previous students here. Interested students should apply with a CV and cover letter to The cover letter should underline your interests, achievements and why you wish to undertake an internship at Aberdeen.

You can read some testimonials from previous interns and view a list of their publications here.


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