Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics

University of Aberdeen - School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

College of Life Sciences and MEdicine

Institute of Medical Sciences

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has awarded MRC Centre status for Medical Mycology to the University’s Aberdeen Fungal Group (AFG). This new MRC Centre for Medical Mycology (MRC CMM) at the University of Aberdeen will spearhead innovative research and training to generate knowledge that will improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of fungal diseases. The MRC CMM represents a joint £6.5m investment by both the MRC and the University of Aberdeen.

We seek an outstanding Senior Lecturer with an interest in fungal pathogenesis and/or fungal immunology who has an international reputation in Bioinformatics. We are particularly interested in someone with their own independent research programme, and who is willing to collaborate extensively with other Centre Investigators ( This post will be initially supported with one 3-year Early Career Fellowship and a generous sequencing budget for novel interdisciplinary projects that promote strategic interactions with other members of the MRC CMM.

The Aberdeen Fungal Group (AFG) represents roughly 25% of UK scientists working in medical mycology, and is one of the largest medical mycology groupings worldwide. The scientists involved are internationally recognised leaders and new investigators, who work together as a coherent team. The AFG was recently cited through an independent assessment as “...the leading UK institution for mycology research, receiving over one-third of the total [UK] investments” and the AFG have contributed many of the most significant recent advances in medical mycology and are amongst the most highly cited scientists in their fields.

The recruited Senior Lecturer will be expected to integrate their own world-leading independent research programme within the AFG, and to establish productive collaborations with other AFG investigators. The appointee will be physically embedded within the MRC CMM, to maximise interactions within the group, but will also be associated with the Centre for Genome-Enabled Biology and Medicine (CGEBM at Aberdeen;, which has infrastructure and expertise in de novo sequencing, epigenomics, transcriptomics, metagenomics, SNP discovery, as well as whole genome and targeted re-sequencing of microbes and animals from tissues, single cells and ancient DNA samples. The post holder will help facilitate the research objectives of the MRC CMM through providing essential new capacity that will enable the utilisation of next generation sequencing and other emerging technologies.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on Grade 8 (£49,772- £55,998 per annum), with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Professor Gordon Brown, Professor Gordon Brown Director, MRC Centre for Medical Mycology (Tel: 01224 437 355 or e-mail:

Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum point’s 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 Natalie Reid, HR Adviser, ( for further information on this.

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