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  • Advert number: 351993-0
  • Posted Date: 27/02/14
  • Closing Date: 28/03/14

University of Edinburgh

ECAT PhD and Clinical Lecturer
programme - training and mentoring future academic leaders

Academic-track clinicians seeking a first rate training in internationally renowned research groups are invited to apply to join the prestigious ECAT (Edinburgh Clinical Academic Track) Programme in August 2014 at the University of Edinburgh, one of the world's top 20 research universities. This highly successful programme, now in its sixth year and recently renewed for a further 5 years, provides successful applicants with the support to obtain innovative training in world-class research centres not normally accessible to clinicians, with a fully funded PhD, and ongoing mentorship to develop into the next generation of clinical academic leaders. To date, ECAT has recruited 34 trainees from all around the UK, representing 19 clinical disciplines, who have pursued diverse fields of research: eg, neurosurgeons growing neurons on chips; psychiatrists studying ion channels and epigenetics; intensivists undertaking bioinformatics analysis of infectious disease; and orthopaedic surgeons investigating mesenchymal stem cells. This has resulted in a wide range of high profile publications, including articles in Cell and Nature.

The scheme is open to medically-qualified trainees in any clinical discipline from any centre in the UK. All posts provide funding for a full-time, three year Research Training Fellowship leading to a PhD in one of the internationally competitive, multidisciplinary research centres in Edinburgh. In order to maximise flexibility for individual trainees, two types of post are available: ECAT Clinical Lectureshipsand ECAT PhD Fellowships. In both cases, the University of Edinburgh and South East Scotland Postgraduate Deanery will provide funding for a preparatory period before beginning the three-year PhD project, when selection of supervisors and planning of the PhD project will be optimised with the support of the ECAT Directors.

ECAT Clinical Lectureships

A three year, full time PhD funded by the Wellcome Trust with an introductory year of clinical and part time research training. On completion of the PhD, candidates who wish to continue clinical training in South East Scotland will be offered a post-doctoral Clinical Lectureship that provides parallel research and clinical training to CCT. Progression through the scheme is subject to satisfactory performance but does not involve competitive interviews after initial appointment.

ECAT PhD Fellowships

A three year, full time PhD funded by the Wellcome Trust with a three month out-of-programme preparatory research experience period before commencing the PhD. Additionally, two ECAT-linked PhD Fellowships are available, funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK). These are open to candidates from any clinical discipline who aspire to PhD training that is relevant to cancer.

Applicants need not specify which post they are applying for, but can indicate a preference at the time of interview. Candidates for ECAT Clinical Lecturer posts must hold or obtain a specialty training position (with NTN) in their chosen discipline in the UK no later than August 2014 (candidates who have yet to hear the outcome of an application for entry into speciality training in 2014 will be considered). Candidates for PhD Fellowship posts need not hold a specialty training position. Candidates who have already undertaken a period of full time research leading to a doctoral degree will not be considered eligible.

Further information is available at

We encourage informal enquiries and prior discussion with the ECAT Programme Directors, Professors Brian Walker, John Iredale and Andrew Jackson. Please contact us by email:

For further particulars and to submit an application, visit our website Ref: 026515. Closing date: 5pm, 28th March 2014.