Looking for academic jobs in the Health and Medical sector?
Perhaps you’re a doctor, dentist or nurse and want to make the move into lecturing and research. Or maybe you’re just starting out in the Health and Medical sector and are interested in routes to academia.
This series of posts takes a detailed look at academic careers in the Health and Medical sector, the types of opportunities available and career progression.
A recent HE recruitment trend report carried out by jobs.ac.uk found that the Health and Medical sector is one of the top categories for academic jobs advertised. Now more than ever, universities and other health and medical organisations are looking to attract the very best talent to the sector and there is a vast range of specialised, multi-disciplinary roles to choose from.
An academic career in the Health and Medical sector enables clinicians, scientists and other health professionals to inspire the next generation while playing an essential role in the latest research and development. The sector spans an extensive range of disciplines and research interests, with myriad opportunities available to those wishing to use their clinical and research skills in an academic role.
Here we look at how the sector is structured, the jobs available and the opportunities for progression.
- Jobs in Medicine and Dentistry
- Jobs in Nursing
- Jobs in Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy
- Jobs in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
- Jobs in Nutrition
- Jobs in Medical Technology
Jobs in Medicine and Dentistry
By far the largest health and medical field, medicine and dentistry encompasses clinical, research, teaching and scientific roles. You’ll find academic jobs available in an almost endless range of specialist areas in medicine and dentistry, from neuroscience to orthodontics.
Clinical academic doctors and dentists combine treating patients with research and teaching in university medical and dental schools, health foundations, charities and government bodies. The academic route allows clinicians to contribute to the latest knowledge and medical technologies in the sector, as well as helping to shape the future workforce.
Now is an exciting time to consider an academic career in medicine and dentistry, as there has been an increase in opportunities for those working as doctors and dentists to be more involved in undergraduate medical training.
For a closer look at the types of academic jobs available in medicine and dentistry, check out our series of posts covering lecturing jobs, research jobs and senior-level academic roles.
Jobs in Nursing
Lecturers, researchers and experts in Nursing are in high demand since the pandemic brought the field into sharper focus. There is currently a drive to employ experienced Nursing professionals to train the next generation of nurses, with teaching staff being in particular demand.
An academic career in Nursing offers a wide range of roles. Depending on your area of expertise, you could be Lecturing in Dental Nursing, helping to run a clinical trial for a new drug or teaching in the highly diverse Health and Social care sector, which offers jobs in both Higher and Further education.
You’ll find academic, teaching and research opportunities across Nursing fields such as:
- Mental health nursing
- Dental nursing
- Adult nursing
- Paediatric nursing
- District nursing/community engagement
- Nurse apprenticeships
- Cancer nursing
- Paramedic science
- Health and social care
- Clinical trials
For a closer look at the types of academic jobs available in nursing, check out our series of posts covering lecturing jobs, research jobs and senior-level academic roles.
Jobs in Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy
Research and development of drugs, medicines and vaccines has never been more important. This diverse field offers academic careers across many higher education disciplines and there are also research opportunities within industry, government departments and hospitals.
Academic roles in this sector are available to a wide range of candidates. You may already be working as a pharmacist or toxicologist and are looking to become a lecturer and/or researcher or you could have just completed your studies and are looking for postdoc opportunities.
You’ll find academic, teaching and research opportunities across Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy fields such as:
- Cancer immunotherapy/oncology/Cancer trials
- Pharmacy education
- Psychiatric therapies
- Disease control/public health
- Biomedical sciences
- Forensic toxicology
- Tropical medicine
- Drug resistance
- Clinical trials
For a closer look at the types of academic jobs available in Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy, check out our series of posts covering lecturing jobs, research jobs and senior-level academic roles.
Jobs in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
Following the coronavirus pandemic, research interest in the branches of the health and medical sector which focus on how the body functions and responds to disease is rapidly expanding.
The second-largest area for health and medical roles advertised on jobs.ac.uk (after medicine and dentistry), jobs in anatomy, physiology and pathology offer research and teaching opportunities, as well as senior-level posts for those already well into their career.
Anatomy, physiology and pathology offers a rich and exciting variety of roles in fields such as:
- Biomedical Sciences/Life Sciences/biotechnology
- Infectious diseases
- Public/Global Health
- Stem cell technology
- Molecular biology/pathology
- Occupational therapy
- Sports therapy
You might find clinical research and lecturing jobs, technician roles or even a job as a science writer during an anatomy, physiology and pathology job search.
Many of the academic jobs in these areas are based in – or affiliated with – higher education institutions. However, research and development opportunities are available across a range of other organisations, institutes and charitable foundations which often work in partnership with higher education.
For a closer look at the types of academic jobs available in anatomy, physiology and pathology, check out our series of posts covering lecturing jobs, research jobs and senior-level academic roles.
Jobs in Nutrition
Nutrition and food science is a fast-growing field of academic research and development. There are a wide variety of fields for those working in nutrition looking to make the move into academia, research and teaching.
You’ll find academic, teaching and research opportunities across areas such as:
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Environmental Sciences
- Public Health
- Diabetes care
- Health and Wellbeing (including mental health)
- Engagement policy/health education
- Rehabilitation and patient care
- Food Science/Food hygiene
- Inflammatory diseases
For a closer look at the types of academic jobs available in Nutrition, check out our series of posts covering lecturing jobs, research jobs and senior-level academic roles.
Jobs in Medical Technology
Medical Technology, or ‘MedTech,’ offers exciting academic careers in the research and development of cutting-edge health technology. Medtech is made up of a thriving network of scientists, clinicians, engineers, researchers and technicians all with one goal: to improve healthcare, diagnosis and treatment through technology.
The UK is home to one of the largest MedTech industries in the world and higher education institutions are keen to attract the best talent for specialist academic jobs across a range of disciplines, from medicine to engineering.
You’ll find academic, teaching and research opportunities in MedTech fields such as:
- Digital Healthcare Technologies
- MedTech Innovation
- Advanced Diagnostics
- Health Informatics
- Artificial Intelligence
- Computational Science/Genomics
- Medical Imaging
- Statistics and data management
This fascinating area of the Health and Medical Sector encompasses academic research, teaching, lab and technical roles. Research fellow in Electrophysiology, Lecturer in Surgical Robotics and Microscopy lab technician are just some of the academic jobs you might come across during a MedTech job search.
For a closer look at the types of academic jobs available in Medical Technology, check out our series of posts covering lecturing jobs, research jobs and senior-level academic roles.
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