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Current opportunities to join the Usher Institute.

 A summary of current Usher Institute vacancies is provided below. Applications usually close at 5pm on the noted date.

Please note that all Usher Institute vacancies are advertised on the vacancies section of the University of Edinburgh Jobs website, where it is possible to set up personalised email notifications for future vacancies of interest.​

Medical Receptionist/Practice Administration Team

Closing Date: 06-Feb-2020

Mackenzie Medical Centre is based within the Centre for Population Health Sciences, at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh. We are looking for a friendly receptionist with excellent communication skills to join our admin team. There are 12 GPs, three practice nurses and a friendly and helpful admin, team which includes an IT Manager. The practice is a training practice and also participates in undergraduate teaching. All staff members are salaried to The University of Edinburgh. We are a city centre practice with a list size of 8,000 patients and our practice area covers south east Edinburgh and includes the Old Town, Dumbiedykes, Newington and Prestonfield, plus parts of Marchmont and the Grange.

The practice uses Vision and Docman.

The post will be taken up as soon as possible from March 2020 and is open ended (part time – 30 hours per week).

Salary:  UE04 £20,130 to £22,417 (pro rata) for 30 hours each week.  

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Chair of Health / Biomedical Informatics

Closing Date: 06-Feb-2020

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the Chair of Health / Biomedical Informatics based in the Usher Institute in the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The appointee will be responsible for the development of an internationally competitive research programme in health/biomedical informatics in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM); they will contribute to the development of first class learning and teaching in this field and to effective knowledge exchange and impact. Applicants will have an outstanding track record of relevant research, supported by external grant funding which will underpin the development of a world-leading programme of research. Evidence of international excellence in research, academic leadership and strategic planning is essential. All applicants should demonstrate commitment and capacity for multi-disciplinary working.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate:

• An outstanding track record of research in both reputation and publications; • A commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching in a research-intensive context; • Evidence of esteem and impact; • Leadership and managerial skills particularly in inter-disciplinary contexts; • Ability to work as part of a senior academic team and to engage in senior-level research and strategic planning; • The ability to attract substantial research funding from competitive sources such as EPSRC, ESRC, HDR UK, MRC, NIHR, Wellcome Trust, research charities, industry and global funders; • Ability to engage with a range of learning and teaching mediums including online and distance learning and teaching; • Effective use of pathways to impact to ensure translation of research into policy and practice; • A commitment to improving population health and addressing inequalities.

Salary:  UE10

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Research Fellow

Closing Date: 12-Feb-2020

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in retinal image processing for the study of cerebral small vessel disease

The Centre for Medical Informatics at the Usher Institute within The University of Edinburgh seeks an experienced data scientist to conduct original research as a key member of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Alan Turing Institute funded project “Uncovering retinal microvascular predictors of compromised brain haemodynamics in small vessel disease” aimed at discovering associations between the compromised brain haemodynamics observed in small vessel disease (SVD) and retinal vascular phenotypes derived from optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) images.

The successful candidate will be able to capitalise on data already acquired in two ongoing longitudinal studies on cerebral SVD and over a decade of experience in retinal image processing in Edinburgh. Co-PIs Wardlaw and Bernabeu are internationally recognised experts in SVD and cardiovascular mathematical modelling, respectively.

The successful candidate will conduct original research, centred around a) establishing a standard for OCTA image segmentation with particular emphasis on its robustness and applicability to routinely acquired data, b) developing novel metrics to characterise the structure and temporal evolution of microvascular networks based on the principles of Network Science and Machine Learning, c) investigating associations between OCTA-derived retinal microvascular phenotypes and compromised brain haemodynamics (cerebrovascular reactivity, cerebral blood flow, and blood brain barrier leak as well as cross-sectional and longitudinal lesion and diffusion tensor imaging changes).

Successful candidates will be in possession of a PhD degree in a relevant discipline, demonstrable experience in computer programming, image processing, and machine learning; and a track record of published work. Previous experience in biomedical image processing and/or experience in clinical studies is desirable. Salary will be in the range £33,797-£40,322 initially.

The post is available from 1 March 2020, full-time (35 hours per week) for 24 months.

Please include your CV and a supporting statement with details of how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience required for this post.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Miguel O. Bernabeu, Senior Lecturer (

Salary:  UE07 £33,797 to £40,322

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BREATHE Hub Partnerships Manager

Closing Date: 21-Feb-2020

The Usher Institute within The University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint an experienced Partnerships Manager within the new Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health (BREATHE:

The Hub aims to transform the UK’s respiratory health through creating Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) respiratory rich datasets; providing responsible and safe access to health data as well as providing research and innovation services to help answer health and care questions.

BREATHE is a UK wide consortium involving many of the UK’s leading respiratory academics, and key collaborators from the government, industry and the third sector. BREATHE is led by Professor Aziz Sheikh and will based in and co-ordinated from the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh with satellite offices based at Imperial College London (Dr Jennifer Quint), Leicester (Professor Martin Tobin), Nottingham, (Professor Ian Hall) and Swansea Universities (Professor David Ford).

The Partnerships Manager will develop effective working relationships and networks with colleagues and stakeholders in a healthcare setting in delivery of the Hub milestones.

Successful candidates will be proactive, have excellent communication skills and experience developing productive working relationships across a range of contexts (e.g. NHS, industry, academia, third sector) to successfully deliver projects. Experience in a healthcare setting is essential.

The post is available immediately, part-time (17.5 hours per week) and available until 31st August 2022

Salary:  UE07  £33,797 to £40,322 (pro rata) for 17.5 hours each week

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