Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Evidence Synthesis

University of Bristol, UK

Location: University of Bristol
Salary: £34,304 to £43,434 per annum pro rata
Hours: Full or part time
Contract Type: Open ended
Closes: 1 December 2021
Job Ref: ACAD105693

The role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two talented systematic reviewers or quantitative researchers with an interest in evidence synthesis to join the newly established Bristol Technology Assessment Group (Bristol TAG).  Bristol TAG is one of several groups contracted by the NIHR to conduct independent reviews of healthcare technologies, to support the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance committees and other policy makers.  Bristol is a centre for methodological excellence in evidence synthesis and health technology assessment, having developed many of the methods used as standard practice in NICE technology appraisals.

What will you be doing?

The post-holders will work on clinical effectiveness evaluations for NICE technology appraisals.  There may also be opportunities to contribute to methodological projects.

They will be required to:

  • Undertake a rigorous critique of the clinical-effectiveness evaluation component of the manufacturer’s submissions for NICE single technology appraisals
  • Undertake systematic reviews for NICE Multiple Technology Appraisals, the NICE Diagnostics Assessment Programme and other commissioners. This will include screening studies for relevance, assessing studies for inclusion, extracting data, critical appraisal and synthesis of results
  • Perform and critique pairwise and network meta-analysis, supported by senior statisticians
  • Contribute to reports for NICE
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with other members of the Bristol TAG

You should apply if

  • You have strong training in quantitative research, including knowledge of basic concepts in medical statistics
  • You have an enthusiasm to learn more about evidence synthesis and to contribute to NICE appraisals
  • You have some experience of working on systematic reviews, although this is not a requirement and training will be available
  • You have excellent critical appraisal skills for a range of studies designs
  • You have a relevant PhD – essential for candidates applying for Senior Research Associate

Additional information

For informal enquiries please contact Penny Whiting,

Contract type: Open ended with funding until 31 March 2027

Work pattern: Full time; part-time working will be considered

Grade: I or J: Pathway 2

Salary: I: £34,304 – £38,587 per annum / J: £38,587 – £43,434 per annum

School/Unit:  Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, Faculty of Health Sciences

Shift pattern: 100% / 1FTE

This advert will close at 23:59 GMT on Wednesday 01st December 2021.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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