Early Career Academic Programme, Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition (ECAP2020)

The University of Aberdeen is committed to the Scottish Clinical Research Excellence Development Scheme http://www.scotmt.scot.nhs.uk/specialty/scottish-academic-training- (screds).aspx and the long-term aim of nurturing and developing future clinical academic leaders.

School/Section: Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
Division: Institute of Applied Health Sciences
Staff Category: Academic
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 5
Salary: n/a
Ref No: ECAP2020
Closing Date: 19-AUG-2020


Job Description

Accordingly, the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for suitably qualified trainees at core or run-through training stage as a bridging scheme to support their academic ambition.

The University of Aberdeen, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and NHS Grampian and Highland are excited to recruit for the sixth year to this unique initiative, the Early Career Academic Programme (ECAP) (formerly Academic Core/Run-through Training (ACT)) scheme.

This opportunity is part of the Aberdeen Clinical Academic Training (ACAT) programmes and is intended for entrants to core or run-through training in any discipline with NHS Grampian or NHS Highland starting in August 2019 (For the avoidance of doubt, this applies to all ST1, CT1, and IMT1 starters). Applicants should have a proven interest in research shown through their intercalated BSc (Hons)/ BScMedSci or equivalent and be motivated to continue this during their training and demonstrate an intention to pursue an academic career in future. It is also possible to pursue a medical education track as part of his scheme.  This is part of continued support to nurture and retain the best trainees in the North and it is expected that some of the academic trainees will continue to a clinical PhD, fellowship, SCREDS Clinical Lectureship or other extended period of research.

Over a two-year programme, successful trainees will be given an academic mentor, an honorary university title (Honorary Clinical Fellow), access to the full support of the academic infrastructure, a small budget for research/publications and travel to conferences, help with applying for fellowships and identification of research opportunities.

There will not be protected time but rather the support provided is intended to make it possible to set and pursue research goals alongside your training requirements. You will therefore be an excellent trainee capable of managing your time to meet clinical training goals primarily whilst also driving forward with research interests. Following interview, up to ten trainees will be appointed. 

Selection will be by interview and will be held on 29th September 2020

The appointee will have honorary status with University of Aberdeen as an Honorary Research Fellow. The duration of appointment will be two years with potential to extend another year depending on the progress and at the discretion of the Head of the School.

The closing date for receipt of applications is  19 August 2020

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:

Professor Phyo Myint, Director of Clinical Academic Training Development, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

01224 437841


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

Please quote reference number ECAP2020  on all correspondence

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff.

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