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Horizon Scanning Analyst (NIHRIO)

Requisition ID:  5583

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  04-Jan-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £25,941.00 - £27,511.00 

Closing Date: 7 February 2021



The Role


As part of our expansion we are looking for Horizon Scanning Analysts to join a team of analysts identifying new emerging health technologies, recording key information to enable trend analysis and individual technology horizon scanning outputs, including dashboards.


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

You will have excellent computing/IT skills (Microsoft packages especially Access and ideally Endnote).  Experience in online searching, preferably in the field of health care and knowledge of clinical trial design will be hugely beneficial. You will however, 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 is a national role and the post sits in our exciting new initiative, the National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory (NIHRIO) a £16M initiative, funded by the National Institute for Health Research. NIHRIO brings together, in one centre, data scientists, information specialists, evidence synthesis experts and software engineers to create a critical mass of expertise in observing and reporting on health innovation in the UK and beyond utilising next generational digital analytics.


The Population Health Sciences Institute is committed to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion for all staff and students.  Applications for part time/flexible working are welcome; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.


The Institute is part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences which holds a Silver Athena SWAN award.


This post is full time, fixed term, initially for 2 years, with a possibility for extension.


For informal queries contact Anne.oyewole@io.nihr.ac.uk or Dapo.ogunbayo@io.nihr.ac.uk


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 (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Ability to work independently and as part of the team
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage conflicting priorities
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Experience or the ability to carry out projects and tasks within agreed timelines, meeting milestones and producing outputs to an appropriate standard
  • An understanding of regulatory processes (medicine and medical devices), clinical trial design and/or innovation evaluation
  • Commitment to the University’s research strategy and mission
  • Commitment to the University’s and Institute’s engagement strategy
  • Commitment to own personal development


  • Evidence of potential to write for peer reviewed publications and present findings at conferences
  • Evidence of skills in information specialist methodologies
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant software packages
  • Experience of undertaking literature searching and data monitoring
  • Experience using business intelligence (BI) tools (eg, Power BI), Advanced Excel for reporting and visualisation


Attributes and Behaviour

Delivering Services

  • Works continually towards achieving success through understanding and meeting or exceeding the expectations of the area, the University, colleagues and other stakeholders
  • Is enthusiastic in getting the job done on time

Finding Solutions

  • Generates a range of viable options and decides on an appropriate course of action that best fits organisational and area goals

Team Working

  • Operates in a number of different teams and groups across the organisation, confident in adopting a range of team roles

Undertsnding Others

  • Understands individual or group motives, understands the culture of a particular area, school or faculty

Planning and Organising

  • Works in a planned and structured way, uses own and others’ time effectively, Sets own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives



  • A first degree in health services research, public health, information science, health technology assessment, biomedical sciences, pharmacology, biomedical engineering/medical biotechnology or other related subject


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 5583