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Chair of Rheumatology

University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
ACN4/ACT4 £91,474 to £121,548 Per Annum
Closing date
20 Jul 2023

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine / MGPHS / Institute of Genetics and Cancer

Open ended appointment, available early 2024

The Institute of Genetics and Cancer within The University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine is looking for suitably qualified candidates for the Chair of Rheumatology.  

The Opportunity:

It is anticipated that the successful appointee will have a Principal Investigator role within the Institute of Genetics and Cancer, the Usher Institute ( ), or other University Institutes and Centres  relevant to their interests. The successful candidate will be expected to provide leadership in establishing an active programme of research in rheumatology or bone disease. 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.  

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact Professor David Argyle, Head of College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at; Professor Margaret Frame, Head of the Institute of Genetics and Cancer at, Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley Dean of Molecular, Genetic, and Population Health Sciences at  or Professor Stuart H Ralston at: who presently  holds this position.

Your skills and attributes for success: 

  • 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 health and addressing inequalities.

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

We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender or ethnic group. As women and members of ethnic minorities are currently under-represented in posts at this level, we particularly encourage applications from members of these groups.

As a valued member of our team you can expect: 

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. 

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work  webpages (opens new browser tab)

Unless stated otherwise the closing time for applications is 11:59pm GMT. If you are applying outside the UK the closing time on our adverts automatically adjusts to your browsers local time zone. 

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.  


As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.


Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences is one of three Deaneries in Edinburgh Medical School which, together with the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, makes up the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The Deanery is headed by Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley and comprises the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM), the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, the Division of Pathology and the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit. The Deanery currently attracts annual research grants of around £40M, including a number of full programme grants, and has around 630 employees including 39 Professors, over 260 other academic members of staff and 330 members of support staff. The Deanery operates across three University of Edinburgh sites; the Western General Hospital campus, the Central Area, and Little France.  Staff contribute undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and offer on-campus and on-line programmes. There is a vibrant PhD community in both IGMM and the Usher Institute.

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