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Research Assistant/Associate (Information Specialist)

Requisition ID:  2041
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 

 

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: £28,331.00 - £32,817.00 

Closing Date: 12 February 2020

The Role

 

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Research Assistant/Research Associate to work within the growing Evidence Synthesis Group.

 

Amongst other duties you will advise and contribute to: the design and implementation of literature searches of electronic medical, health and social science bibliographic databases; design and implementation of searches of clinical trial and research registers; horizon scanning, design and implementation of searches and alerts for research funding opportunities, and production of the final report/papers for publication; contribute to the development of a series of short courses in evidence synthesis; undertake teaching of evidence synthesis on workshops and internal training courses.

 

Candidates should tailor their application according to the level of post they are applying for; an MSc in a relevant field is essential at Assistant level, a PhD (or equivalent experience) will be strongly encouraged for appointment at Associate level.

 

Successful candidates will be appointed to a suitable point on the common pay scale according to qualifications and experience.

 

You will be self-motivated, flexible, have excellent communication and writing skills with the ability to bid for research funds.

 

This post is for 2 years in the first instance.

 

Further information can be obtained by contacting Dawn Craig  at dawn.craig@ncl.ac.uk or Fiona Beyer at fiona.beyer@ncl.ac.uk.

 

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

 

Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

 

 

Key Accountabilities

 

  • 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 Evidence Synthesis group at Newcastle University
  • Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the institute as required by the Director
  • Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the projects

Research Associate

  • Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard
  • Advise and contribute to: the design and implementation of literature searches of electronic medical, health and social science bibliographic databases; design and implementation of searches of clinical trial and research registers; design and implementation of searches and alerts for research funding opportunities
  • Use EndNote to capture and manipulate search results, facilitating 1) screening and coding of search results; b) obtaining full text of references; c) producing bibliographies in MS Word
  • Prepare papers for publication, and disseminate findings at conferences as required
  • Contribute to the development of a series of short courses in evidence synthesis
  • Undertake teaching of searching techniques on workshops and internal training courses

Research Assistant

  • Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard under guidance from more senior staff
  • Contribute to the preparation of papers for publication, disseminate findings at conferences as required
  • Contribute to: the design and implementation of literature searches of electronic medical, health and social science bibliographic databases; design and implementation of searches of clinical trial and research registers; design and implementation of searches and alerts for research funding opportunities
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of evidence synthesis workshops and internal training courses

 

The Person - Essential

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Ability to work independently and as part of the research project team
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a range of education settings and situations
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage conflicting priorities
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Research Associate

  • Knowledge of the design and implementation of search strategies
  • Knowledge of relevant bibliography software, such as EndNote
  • Knowledge of the methods of systematic reviews
  • Experience of the ability to carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Evidence of ability to write for peer reviewed publications and present findings at conferences
  • Evidence of an understanding in the conduct of systematic reviews
  • Knowledge of relevant software packages
  • Experience of research on methodological aspects of searching
  • Experience of preparing research proposals and securing grant income

Research Assistant

  • Experience of the potential to carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Evidence of potential to write for peer reviewed publications and present findings at conferences
  • Evidence of skills in design and implementation of search strategies
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant software packages

 

Attributes and Behaviours 

  • Commitment to the University’s research strategy and mission
  • Commitment to the University’s and Institute’s engagement strategy
  • Commitment to own personal development

 

Qualifications 

  • A Postgraduate Qualification in Information Science or closely related subject and experience, which combined are considered equivalent to a PhD or you will have a PhD on a related or relevant topic; gaining a PhD will be strongly encouraged

 

 

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: 2041