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SHTAC are recruiting a Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis

Published: 10 September 2019
Fantastic opportunity to work at SHTAC

This is a 12 month fixed term maternity cover position. Full time or part time will be considered. We are seeking a person with good knowledge of, and/or demonstrable skills in conducting systematic reviews to join our team supporting national health policy decisions about the effectiveness 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.

We are looking for a researcher to join a cohesive research team working on evidence synthesis to answer major policy questions concerning the effective use of drugs, devices, procedures, diagnostics, public health programmes and other health interventions.  

If you have the relevant background, this is an exciting opportunity to join a growing team developing an influential research programme. We would expect a PhD or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline (health technology assessment/epidemiology/public health/health promotion) and/or relevant research experience. You would be encouraged and supported to develop your knowledge, skills and research interests, to publish high quality research reports and papers and to present findings at local, national and international conferences and meetings. Opportunities for further training are encouraged and supported.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

For an informal discussion please e-mail or telephone Dr Jonathan Shepherd ( or 02380 597055).

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

The closing date for this post is 9 October 2019.

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