The University of Aberdeen is investing in the Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science (ACHDS), School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition (SMMSN) giving it priority status for new resource including academic posts. This is an excellent time to join the Centre and to help shape its future direction.  We wish to recruit a leading Data Scientist with a strong applied health research background to contribute strategic direction to the new Centre.

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A Chair in Health Data Science to provide senior leadership is sought with a strong research background who wishes to further develop an already successful academic career in computing or data intensive science applied to health and care.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a candidate with a proven track record in securing grants, leading a research group, publishing in high impact journals and providing academic leadership in both research and teaching. To enable the development of a research programme, support will be provided.

We are committed to making three academic appointments to strengthen our team; this current Chair plus two Senior Lecturer/Lecturers. We seek expertise across learning health system methodologies, accountable, explainable and transparent AI, machine learning, and digital technology co-design and evaluation.

You will have a PhD or equivalent experience in a computing science or data intensive discipline.

You will be an established leader in the UK and/or International Data Science research field with extensive experience of working in health and/or social care related domains, a track record of publications in your domain and a strong track record in securing and delivering large scale grants.

You will be demonstrate experience in leadership in an interdisciplinary environment, developing partnerships with academics across the University, NHS, Industry and Internationally.

You will be an experienced and enthusiastic communicator about health data science, who will inspire and engage a wide range of audiences and support and mentor the next generation of health data scientists.

You should demonstrate excellence in education and supervision at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 9 salary scale and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 3 year probation period.

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Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Grant Rae, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 437068 or email for further information.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 December 2019.

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:

Professor Amanda Lee, Director of Institute of Applied Health Sciences

01224 437111/437975


Professor Corri Black, Director of the Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Sciences

01224 437132

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Professors Lee or Black.

Please quote reference number IHS049A on all correspondence