Work with us

Work with us

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

Job vacancies

We do not currently have any jobs advertised. Please check back for updates.

PhD degrees

We currently have no funded PhD studentships available. Please check back for future updates.

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 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 are currently welcoming applications for our internship programme. 

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. Our internships generally require a six-month commitment, and begin at the start of each academic yearApplications are considered on a rolling basis, and those interested are encouraged to apply at the earliest opportunity as we only have a small number of internship places available.

Interested students should apply with a CV and cover letter to The cover letter should underline your interests, academic achievements and why you wish to undertake an internship at Aberdeen.

You find further details, including testimonials from previous interns 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