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Senior Research Associate Health Innovations (Medical Devices or Diagnostics or Digital or Medicine)

Requisition ID:  18241

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  06-Oct-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.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.



Salary: £43,414 - £46,047 per annum


Closing Date: 12 October 2022


The Role


Due to expansion, we have an exciting opportunity for two experienced senior researchers with knowledge of the healthcare regulatory and market access processes for medical devices, diagnostics or digital health and experience of evidence delivery and translational insight across the areas of technologies to a range of stakeholders. You will lead projects and supervise/mentor junior researchers in evidence synthesis and horizon scanning activities.


The role will require significant collaboration with external stakeholders (from the NIHR, NHS England, Department of Health & Social Care, NICE) to design, implement and deliver national innovative horizon scanning intelligence and evidence to support national decision making around health innovation in digital, diagnostics devices and medicine.


This is a national role and the post sits in our exciting initiative, the National Institute for Health Care Research Innovation Observatory. Using next generation digital analytics, we bring together expertise in order to observe and report on health innovation for the UK and beyond, helping shape future health provision.


The NIHR Innovation Observatory is a £26M initiative, funded by the National Institute for Health Care Research, based at Newcastle University with an academic home in the Population Health Sciences Institute. The Innovation Observatory brings together information specialists, data scientists, text mining, horizon scanning and evidence synthesis researchers to provide essential intelligence to several national agencies, including NHS England Accelerated Access Collaborative and National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 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.


This post is available until 31 March 2026


For informal queries please contact The Chief Operating Officer, Dr Teresa Fortune,


Key Accountabilities

•    Show academic leadership in research methods and intelligence retrieval and synthesis methods across the group and Institute
•    Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard 
•    Lead on multi-disciplinary research at the intersection of health innovation, horizon scanning and evidence synthesis methods as it relates to innovation in medicine, medical devices, diagnostics, digital and healthcare delivery
•    Show a commitment to high quality research and a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
•    Monitor workload and supervise junior staff who may be working on several projects across the Innovation Observatory and the Evidence Synthesis Group
•    Prepare bids for submission to prestigious funders
•    Publish in peer reviewed journals and present findings at conferences nationally and internationally
•    Lead on the design, development, and deployment of novel Horizon scanning methods to support Innovation Observatory processes and external (i.e., public) facing outputs 
•    Contribute to the development of a series of relevant short courses in horizon scanning, leading on relevant courses whilst supporting colleagues in the development of others.
•    Undertake teaching, in relevant areas, on the PHSI and Faculty of Medical Science postgraduate and undergraduate courses as required 
•    Build internal and external contacts and participate in networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration
•    Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills
•    To contribute to the wider activities of the Innovation Observatory 
•    Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the Innovation Observatory as required by the Director (IO) or Dean (NUPHSI)


The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

•    Knowledge of horizon scanning and evidence synthesis research methods
•    Significant knowledge of the healthcare regulatory and market access processes for medical devices, diagnostics or digital health
•    Experience of engagement with national stakeholders
•    Experience of leading a team to deliver projects within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
•    Ability to contribute to broader organisational and management processes and to provide leadership, co-ordinating the work of other colleagues 
•    Ability to build effective relationships with a range of different stakeholders, across different levels
•    A strong track record of peer reviewed publications and wider dissemination activities
•    Experience of research project management and delivery

•    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

•    Experience of undertaking systematic reviews, rapid reviews, and scoping reviews


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
•    Experience of effectively managing and taking responsibility for own workload



•    A PhD or MSc in a relevant topic area, for example pharmacy, health service research, public health, regulatory science, information science or closely related subject or significant relevant experience


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.


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: 18241