Senior Research Associate in Information Science

University of Bristol, UK

Location: University of Bristol
Salary: £38,587 to £43,434 per annum pro rata
Hours: Part time (80% FTE)
Contract Type: Open ended
Closes: 1 December 2021
Job Ref: ACAD105694

The role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and enthusiastic Information Specialist 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-holder will work on NICE technology appraisals.  There may also be opportunities to contribute to methodological projects.

You will be required to:

  • Carry out rigorous critiques of literature searches included in manufacturer’s submissions for NICE single technology appraisals and to update and run these searches where needed
  • Undertake literature searches for NICE Multiple Technology Appraisals, the NICE Diagnostics Assessment Programme and other commissioners. This includes designing and running searches to identify studies for inclusion in the systematic review components and inputs for health economic models.
  • Carry out scoping searches to estimate the scale of potential systematic reviews
  • Manage search results using Endnote bibliographic software
  • Contribute to reports for NICE
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with other members of the Bristol TAG

You should apply if

  • You have expertise in literature searching to support evidence synthesis projects and cost-effectiveness analyses
  • You have in depth knowledge of electronic databases (e.g. Medline, EMBASE, PsycINFO) and other sources of information for health and social care, including grey literature
  • You have an enthusiasm to learn more about evidence synthesis and to contribute to NICE appraisals
  • You have a Master’s Degree or PhD in a relevant discipline such as Information Science, Library Science or Data Science

Additional information

For informal enquiries please contact: Penny Whiting, 

Contract type: Open ended with funding until 31 March 2027

Work pattern: Flexible

Grade: J: Pathway 2

Salary: £38,587 – £43,434 per annum pro rata

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

Shift pattern: 80% FTE

This advert will close at 23:59 GMT on 1 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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