Chair of Medicine (Infection)
School of Medicine
Vacancy Description
School of Medicine, University of St Andrews, In collaboration with NHS Fife

The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s first university and one of the oldest in the world. Consistently ranked among the top universities in the UK, St Andrews has an international reputation for the highest quality of research-led teaching built on its portfolio of world-leading research. 


The School of Medicine at St Andrews is in an extremely exciting phase of its development and expansion. In 2021, the Scottish Parliament passed a bill that once again allows St Andrews to graduate students with a primary medical qualification. In REF 2021, we saw our position rise in UoA1 with a major recognition of our impact. We maintain a strong position in Medicine in the NSS and our student numbers continue to grow.  


The appointment of a Chair of Medicine (Infection) is part of a strategic plan to further strengthen our research excellence in Infection and Global Health. This person will build on the considerable existing strengths in this area of clinical science that exist in the School of Medicine but also elsewhere in the Science Faculty. They will work with colleagues in the wide local, national and international healthcare arenas to achieve the highest academic distinction, including international recognition, and provide academic leadership within the University.  


The appointed candidate will be a leader in their field of expertise and will join a dynamic and successful group. They will take a leading role in designing, conducting and disseminating high quality original research within the broad areas of human infectious disease, infection-based pathogenesis or clinical microbiology. They will develop their own areas of research expertise, while engaging in collaborative research across the University and beyond, and providing clinical insight into the teaching of infectious disease topics. They will provide leadership and contribute to the implementation of the University’s wider strategy, where Health, Infectious Disease and Wellbeing is one of five interdisciplinary priority areas.  


Candidates will bring a substantial record of high-quality research publications and evidence of success in attracting research grants and external funding. They will have a demonstrated commitment to delivering high quality teaching and providing guidance to early career researchers. Candidates should hold a PhD or equivalent higher research degree and qualifications that allow registration with the GMC. The post is applicable for those with a range of clinical accreditations including Infectious Diseases, Clinical Microbiology, Respiratory Medicine or other medical specialties where the clinical research is infection directed.  


Both the University and NHS Fife are committed to equality for all, demonstrated through a range of diversity awards (Athena SWAN; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; Race Charters; and Stonewall). Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black and minority communities, and people with other protected characteristics who are under-represented in academic posts at the University.  


How to Apply:

Further information is available at: 


Enquiries or applications can be made, in confidence, to Mary Comer at WittKieffer.  


Applications should include the following:

·         an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae; and

·         a covering letter (of no more than two A4 pages) summarising your experience, attributes and your view of your overall suitability for the role.  


Completed applications should be submitted electronically to  


The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 11 October 2022.