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Research Assistant/Associate: NIHR Innovation Observatory

Requisition ID:  20541
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  03-Aug-2022

 

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.

 

What’s in it for you? 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. Newcastle is an inclusive global University community 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.

 

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global 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 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.

 

Salary:

Research Assistant - £29,619 to £31,411 per annum

Research Associate - £32,348 to £34,308 per annum

 

The Role

 

Due to expansion, we have an exciting opportunity for proactive researchers to join the Innovation Observatory. The NIHR Innovation Observatory is a £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. We bring together information specialists, data scientists, text mining, horizon scanning and evidence synthesis researchers to provide essential intelligence to several national agencies, whilst developing new methodology and novel AI tools. Our outputs support our stakeholders (and others) to make informed decisions about the innovation pipeline and access to innovation.


As part of a large multi-disciplinary team, you will contribute to the delivery of the Innovation Observatory’s research programmes. We are particularly keen to expand our Devices, Diagnostics and Digital programme of work. Other programmes include: Medicines; Insights; Digital & IT; and Industry. 

 

This post is available on a fixed-term basis initially for 2 years, with a possibility for extension. 


For informal queries contact: Chief Operating Officer, Dr Teresa Fortune (Teresa.Fortune@io.nihr.ac.uk).

 

Key Accountabilities

  • Support Innovation Observatory research across its research programmes, determining appropriate methodologies and plans for research projects, with advice and support as required
  • Carry out research projects within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard
  • Undertake the interrogation and analysis of regulatory pathways and innovation intelligence to facilitate discussion, study and reporting
  • Assist in the development of new methodological approaches for evidence identification, retrieval and synthesis
  • Apply Artificial Intelligence tools and methods (machine learning, data mining) to support identification, extraction and visualisation of data
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of training and advice, liaising with other groups and organisations
  • Delivery of technology reports, rapid evidence synthesis, pipeline analysis, and scoping reviews to our stakeholders and for academic publication
  • Proactive in the development of new methodologies in the fields of data intelligence, evidence synthesis and horizon scanning
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of a suite of internally facing AI tools and externally facing platforms that facilitate data identification, collation and sharing
  • Attend meetings with National Stakeholders and other events appropriate to projects and the Innovation Observatory
  • Contribute to the preparing and writing of research papers for publication and disseminate the findings at conferences and seminars
  • Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the Innovation Observatory/Evidence Synthesis Group as required by the Director (NIHR Innovation Observatory) or Dean (Population Health Sciences Institute)

 

The Person

 

Research Assistant

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • An understanding of the healthcare regulatory and market access processes
  • Demonstrable understanding of clinical study design and/or evaluation methods
  • Ability to build effective relationships with a range of different stakeholders, across different levels
  • Evidence of potential to write for peer reviewed publications and present findings at conferences
  • Ability to communicate effectively and confidently to a range of audiences and stakeholders
  • Evidence of the ability to deliver high-quality work within agreed timelines
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritise and to manage conflicting priorities
  • Aptitude to work flexibly and cooperatively with others

Desirable

  • Experience of undertaking literature searching and data monitoring
  • Advanced Excel skills including complex data queries and advanced functions (e.g., macros)
  • Experience of working with AI tools to support outputs or data collection

 

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Motivated, proactive researcher

 

Qualifications

  • An MSc or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant topic area, such as biomedical, health or engineering sciences, pharmacy or regulatory science

 

Research Associate

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge and experience of the drug/device/diagnostic/digital regulatory and market access processes
  • Ability to build effective relationships with a range of different stakeholders, across different levels
  • Demonstrable understanding of clinical study design and/or evaluation methods
  • Experience of developing project proposals/plans and delivering/day-to-day management of a research project from commencement to completion
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and competing priorities while maintaining a high quality of outputs.
  • Demonstrable ability to present research findings both visually and orally to a range of audiences
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to critically analyse and assess complex issues 
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, including effective prioritisation 
  • Experience of publishing peer reviewed journal articles and other outputs from research
  • IT skills across a range of relevant applications, including Advanced Excel skills 
  • Aptitude to work flexibly and cooperatively with others

Desirable

  • Understanding of the Stakeholders active across the innovation and evaluation landscape - particularly in the UK
  • Experience of supervising student projects
  • Experience of applying Artificial Intelligence tools to support research

 

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Motivated, proactive researcher

 

Qualifications

  • A PhD or equivalent professional expertise in a relevant topic area, such as biomedical, health or engineering sciences, pharmacy or regulatory science
  • A Master’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant topic area, such as biomedical, health, or engineering sciences, pharmacy or regulatory science
     

 

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.

 

Requisition ID: 20541