TRAIN@Ed Research Focus

We are investing in a pre-tenure track fellowship scheme, designed for the career researcher.

Building on the outstanding successes of our Chancellor’s Fellowship programmes and our world class research performance, we are investing in a pre-tenure track fellowship scheme, designed for the career researcher that brings together academic challenge with the variety of opportunities found in industry. As part of the three-year individual fellowships, the scheme will train as a cohort to have the skills toolkit required for a sustainable research career in either academia or industry. Our cohort-training concept will be at the heart of the skills development activities of TRAIN@Ed Fellows and is designed to support fellows to develop into effective and professional researchers, who have the skills to be successful in their longer-term career goals. The scheme will have a particular focus on:

  • Data Science and Innovation
  • Financial and Business Services
  • Life and Medical Science
  • Creative Industries
  • Energy and Marine Energy
  • Food and Beverages

These themes were identified as a strategic priority to develop and maximise the knowledge-based development potential for the region. Recently data-driven innovation has formed the core of investment in innovation in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal, as announced by the UK and Scottish Governments. We would be keen to see a data driven aspect to any research fellowship, and innovation through data will be part of the training opportunities offered.

Based in the heart of one of the world’s finest cities, these prestigious 3-year awards support early career researchers and academic innovators of the highest promise from outside the UK to develop their careers in a supportive, high quality environment. The Marie Skłodowska-Cure Actions is a European Commission initiative to support researchers at all stages of their careers enhance employability and career development.

 City Region Deal - Data-Driven Innovation

Marie Skłodowska-Cure Actions

Data Science and Innovation

We are now entering an era when the generation, collection, analysis and monetisation of huge volumes of data underpins the Digital Economy. The value of data comes from its use in real-time, or aggregation over long periods, to understand and predict trends and behaviours. Whilst data has become ubiquitous, the main challenge is effectively to use this data to shape, develop and deliver innovation. This is what we call Data Drive Innovation (DDI). Data science and data driven innovation are priorities across the University and relevant to every discipline. This theme aligns with the “City Region Deal” a major collaborative investment by the Scottish Government, the UK Government and regional partners (including the University of Edinburgh), which includes investment for data innovation. Five data-driven innovation ‘hubs’ have been created, housing expertise and facilities to help 10 industrial sectors become more innovative through data. The University of Edinburgh hosts the Bayes Centre, Edinburgh Futures institute, Easter Bush campus, and Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics. The National Robotarium is a collaboration between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.

Bayes Centre

Edinburgh Futures Institute

Usher Institute

National Robotarium


Financial and Business Services

Edinburgh is one of Europe's leading financial centres and the second financial hub in the UK outside of London. At the University our strengths in financial and business services come primarily from our Business School and the new Edinburgh Futures Institute. We are particularly interested in finance and technology (with specific attention to the interface between financial innovation, technology and regulation (‘Fintech’) and the design and delivery of financial services).

Business School

Edinburgh Futures Institute

Life and Medical Sciences

Life sciences, medical science and health are large drivers in Scotland’s research and innovation ecosystem, from single cell to public health and wellbeing. Universities collaborate with NHS Scotland and companies frequently. The University of Edinburgh is home to a rich and vibrant research environment including the Edinburgh Medical School campus at Little France, which is also home to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. The School of Biological Sciences at our King’s Buildings campus holds the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology and many multidisciplinary research centres and groups.

UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology

Creative Industries

There is a wealth of activity around creative industries in Scotland across arts and entertainment, gaming and IT/Software, sport activities and libraries and museums. The University of Edinburgh is home to the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI), one of the largest interdisciplinary institutes of its kind in the UK and internationally. The EFI will be a catalyst for a new approach to teaching and research and will bring together expertise across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Edinburgh Futures Institute

Energy and Marine Energy

Scotland consumes around 10% of the UK’s total energy but is rich in energy resources, accounting for 65% of the UK’s primary energy production. The University of Edinburgh is home to world-class expertise in low carbon research areas, including renewable energy, hydrogen, biomass and nuclear.  Much of our energy research is based in the College of Sciences and Engineering with expertise relevant to all types of energy production. We have an Institute for Energy Systems in our School of Engineering, which is also home to the Flo Wave Ocean Energy Research Facility, a cutting edge facility for wave and tidal current interactions. The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation collaborates with governments, business and academics to help craft smart climate and energy policy.

Institute for Energy Systems

Flo Wave Ocean Energy Research Facility

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Food and Beverages

Scotland is world-renowned for food and drink and the University of Edinburgh’s research covers both local and global areas. We are home to the new Global Academy for Agriculture and Food Security, a hub for teaching and research into issues that affect global food and environmental security, sustainable rural development, and the wellbeing of animals and people. The Easter Bush Research Consortium includes The Roslin institute and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Research strengths also include soft matter and formulation research in our School of Physics.

Global Academy for Agriculture and Food Security

Easter Bush Research Consortium

School of Physics

To be an Applicant

You will already have completed your PhD or have 4 years of research experience. You will have a commitment to research with the greatest integrity, working collaboratively to pursue the highest standards of research and development that benefit the world. Those with interest and/or experience of industry-academia partnership and interdisciplinary collaboration are particularly welcome.

Eligibility for the TRAIN@Ed scheme requires complying with a mobility criterion: Researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the date of call deadline. This eligibility will be assessed through your submitted CV.

To Host an Applicant

Connect business needs into the research of the University of Edinburgh by investing in the recruitment and development of the next generation of researchers, and participate in our new TRAIN@Ed programme. This is an exciting opportunity for companies to work with the University of Edinburgh, and for academics to explore collaborative research in new and exciting ways.

We are seeking industry partners who will challenge our new researchers with opportunities to work specifically in areas that will address business needs and inspire innovation. We are also looking for academics that are enthusiastic about the opportunities that supervising our new postdoctoral fellows can provide. If you have an existing collaborator and want to build on this partnership, or have a specific project in mind that would suit a TRAIN@Ed Fellow please get in touch.


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