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SHTAC are recruiting a Research Fellow in Information Science and Evidence Synthesis

Published: 23 May 2019
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Fantastic opportunity to join SHTAC

We are seeking a person with good skills in information science and good knowledge of, and/or demonstrable skills in conducting systematic reviews to join our team supporting national health policy decisions about the effective and cost-effective use of medicines and other healthcare technologies.

SHTAC is part of the Wessex Institute, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. The University of Southampton is a founding member of the Russell Group, a top 20 UK university and one of the top 100 universities in the world. With a global reputation for academic excellence, we offer a stimulating, challenging and dynamic working environment for all our staff.

The Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC) is a centre of excellence for health technology assessment (HTA), with expertise in finding, reviewing and synthesising clinical evidence and in the use of decision modelling and health economics to appraise benefits for patients and value for the National Health Service. We are one of nine Technology Assessment Review (TAR) teams contracted to provide independent and objective reports for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). We also have an active programme of other research, including cost-effectiveness analysis in the context of clinical trials, data analysis and modelling.

Working as part of the SHTAC evidence synthesis team on projects for NICE, the successful applicant will: design and execute literature search strategies on bibliographic databases and other sources; critically appraise literature search strategies in evidence submissions to NICE; provide general information science support to the team (e.g. support and training on bibliographic software/databases and developments in information science); undertake systematic review tasks (e.g. screening references for inclusion; extract data and critically appraise evidence); write reports for NICE and contribute to the development of SHTAC’s programme of research in health (e.g. contributing to successful grant applications; writing peer reviewed publications).

Applicants will have PhD in a relevant area (e.g. library studies and information science; health technology assessment), or equivalent specialist knowledge, skills and experience.  Have experience in designing, testing, running and documenting systematic literature search strategies, and familiarity with searching major health and medical research databases such as Medline, and specialist topic databases. And will have good knowledge of, and/or demonstrable skills in conducting systematic reviews (e.g. screening references, extracting data from studies).

Full details of the post can be found on the University of Southampton recruitment page.

The closing date for this post is 19 June 2019.


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