Analyst - NIHR Innovation Observatory

Requisition ID:  20542

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  2 Jun 2023


Salary: £28,929 to £29,762 with progression to £32,411 per annum


 Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Closing Date: 26 June 2023


The Role


We have an exciting opportunity for proactive Analysts to join the Innovation Observatory £16M initiative, funded by the National Institute for Health Care Research, based at Newcastle University with an academic home in the Population Health Sciences Institute.

You will be working with a team of analysts and researchers identifying new emerging health technologies, recording key information to enable trend analysis and individual technology horizon scanning outputs, including dashboards.

We bring together information specialists, data scientists, text mining, horizon scanning and evidence synthesis researchers to provide essential intelligence to several national agencies. Our outputs help them make informed decisions about how healthcare should be provided in the future.

You will hold a first degree in health services research, public health, information science, health technology assessment, biomedical sciences, pharmacology or other related subject.  

Along with experience in online searching, preferably in the field of health care, you will have excellent communication skills since an integral part of this role will be to liaise with a wider multidisciplinary team of data analysts and specialists, and external stakeholders.

This post is available fixed term initially for 2 years, with a possibility for extension. An opportunity to undertake a p/t MSc in in either Data Science or Public Health/Health Services Research will be made available to successful candidates. 


For informal queries contact Teresa Fortune, (


Key Accountabilities

  • To contribute to the delivery of horizon scanning outputs for national stakeholders.
  • Under direction, contribute to the setting up of experimental systems to explore novel methods of screening and collation of information.
  • To contribute to the development and delivery of horizon scanning training and advice, liaising with other horizon scanning groups and organisations.
  • Support the delivery of market analysis and pipeline reports to key national stakeholders.
  • Managing own workload and prioritising work to ensure timely, accurate, search activities. Where necessary, to engage with managers to identify extra resources to manage peaks in demand.
  • Carry out bespoke scanning projects within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard under guidance of more senior staff
  • Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the projects/team
  • If appropriate, contribute to the preparation of papers for publication, disseminate findings at conferences as required
  • Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills.
  • To contribute to the activities of the Analyst Team at the NIHR IO
  • Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the NIHR IO as required by the Director


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrable experience of working independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise work and projects well to meet deadlines
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • Evidence of working with MS Office applications


  • Evidence of potential to write for peer reviewed publications and present findings at conferences 
  • Evidence of skills in information specialist methodologies 
  • Experience of undertaking literature searching and data monitoring


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Commitment to own personal development
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Solution focused 
  • Team Player 
  • Critical thinker and self starter 



  • A bachelors degree in health services research, public health, information science, health technology assessment, biomedical sciences, pharmacology or other related subject




Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


 We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.


 At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.

 In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 

Requisition ID: 20542