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Research Assistant/Associate - Information Specialist

Requisition ID:  5407
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  16-Nov-2020

 

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: Research Assistant: £28,331 - £30,046 per annum

            Research Associate: £30,942 - £32,817 per annum

 

Closing Date: 03 January 2021

The Role

 

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Information Specialist (Research Assistant/Research Associate) to work across two groups in our Population Health Sciences Institute, the Evidence Synthesis Group and the NIHR Innovation Observatory. You will join a sub-team of Information Specialists undertaking and contributing to a range of research projects.  The Evidence Synthesis Group (ESG) is multidisciplinary comprising researchers in information science, evidence synthesis and health economics. The group has a large portfolio of research projects and a number of PhD students. The National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory (NIHRIO) is a £16M initiative, funded by the National Institute for Health Research which 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.

 

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; support the development of internal data repositories and digital tools, including ontologies, indexing of data, search functionality and design; opportunities to support development of AI classifiers and explore machine learning methodologies in the information science space, with an expectation to publish in these areas.  You should tailor your 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.   You will be self-motivated, have excellent communication and writing skills with the ability to bid for research funds.

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

For informal enquiries contact dawn.craig@io.nihr.ac.uk 

 

Key Accountabilities

 

  1. Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard (Research Associate)
  2. Advise and support the development of digital tools and systems to support horizon scanning, including elements such as identification of data sources, optimal retrieval methods, ontology development (Research Associate)
  3. 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 (Research Associate)
  4. 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 (Research Associate)
  5. Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the projects (Research Associate)
  6. Prepare papers for publication, and disseminate findings at conferences as required (Research Associate)
  7. Contribute to the development of a series of short courses in evidence synthesis, and evidence identification and retrieval (Research Associate)
  8. Undertake teaching of searching techniques on workshops and internal training courses (Research Associate)
  9. Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills (Research Associate)
  10. To contribute to the activities of the Innovation Observatory and Evidence Synthesis at Newcastle University (Research Associate)
  11. Carry out administrative tasks and other duties as required (Research Associate) 
  12. Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard under guidance from more senior staff (Research Assistant)
  13. Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the projects (Research Assistant)
  14. Contribute to the development of digital tools to support horizon scanning, including elements such as identification of data sources, optimal retrieval methods, ontology development (Research Assistant)
  15. Contribute to the preparation of papers for publication, disseminate findings at conferences as required (Research Assistant)
  16. 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 (Research Assistant)
  17. Contribute to the development and delivery of evidence synthesis workshops and internal training courses (Research Assistant)
  18. Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills (Research Assistant)
  19. To contribute to the activities of the Innovation Observatory and Evidence Synthesis Group at Newcastle University (Research Assistant)
  20. Carry out administrative tasks and other duties as required by the Director (Research Assistant)

The Person 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of the design and implementation of search strategies (Research Associate)
  • Knowledge of relevant bibliography software, such as EndNote(Research Associate) 
  • Knowledge of the methods of clinical trial registries and life sciences and biomedical databases (Research Associate)
  • Experience of the ability to carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard (Research Associate)
  • Evidence of potential to write for peer reviewed publications and present findings at conferences (Research Assistant/Associate)
  • Evidence of an understanding in the conduct of systematic reviews (Research Associate)
  • Knowledge of relevant software packages (Research Associate)
  • Experience of research on methodological aspects of searching (Research Associate)
  • Experience of preparing research proposals and securing grant income (Research Associate)
  • Experience of the ability to carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard (Research Assistant)
  • Evidence of skills in design and implementation of search strategies (Research Assistant)
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant software packages (Research Assistant)

Attributes and Behaviours

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

 

Qualifications

  • A Postgraduate Qualification in Information Science or closely related subject (Assistant level)
  • PhD (Associate level)

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Requisition ID: 5407