Edinburgh Clinical Academic Training

Supporting your career in research


Welcome to Clinical Academic Training in Edinburgh




APPLY NOW:  2016 intake – ECAT Clinical Lectureships and ECAT PhD Fellowships

Applications for the 2016 intake are now invited.  The deadline for applications is 9 November 2015.  Interviews will be held on 8 December 2015.  For full job specification and information on the application process, including a link to the online application form, please click here.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be made, in the first instance, to the ECAT Administrator via ecat@ed.ac.uk




Are you a clinician interested in exploring research as part of your career, or developing a career as a clinical academic or clinician scientist?

A clinical academic career is dynamic, exciting, varied and above all enormous fun. However, it can be daunting to understand all the opportunities available, how best to match these to your clinical career and how to effectively develop your ideas to develop a substantive piece of research.

We hope to assist you by showing you the huge range of research opportunities available in Edinburgh. We also offer advice on how best to develop your research to achieve your potential and navigate the world of research funding and fellowships.

If you have any questions, the contributors to the site are happy to be contacted by individuals keen to undertake research and develop a career in clinical science.

We wish you good luck with your clinical career!
Professor John Iredale & Professor Brian Walker

Clinical academic careers

It takes all sorts of people to make a successful clinical academic, but what exactly is a clinical academic and how do you know if you want to be one? Find out more about clinical academic careers and how to go about building one.

Research in Edinburgh

Edinburgh University is an internationally renowned research centre that is still small enough to be personal, offering unique and cutting edge opportunities for doctoral research within a supportive setting. Edinburgh’s interactive philosophy of research brings together both clinical & basic scientists from different backgrounds to work together at large research centres spread throughout the city.

Building a research career

Get some good advice about building your research career. It’s important to gain varied experience in lots of different environments – this will help to build and broaden your experience. Enjoy the variety and intellectual challenge of an academic life and make sure you get the right mix of clinical and research activity.

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