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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Overview

  • Posted on: 26th Jan 2021
  • Salary: £30,942 - £40,322 per annum
  • REF: 5443
  • Closes: 28th February 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

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 Associate: £30,942 – £40,322 per annum

Senior Research Associate: £41,526 – £49,553 per annum

Closing Date: 28 February 2021

The Role

We are looking to appoint an NIHR Fellow to work across the National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory and Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East North Cumbria. The Innovation Observatory is the national medical horizon scanning and evidence synthesis facility, seeking technologies that are up to 10 years from being publicly available. Using advanced horizon scanning techniques we detect and facilitate adoption of new health innovations (devices and medicines), and act as the gateway to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommendation. The ARC is a partnership of six regional universities, the NHS, health and social care providers, local authorities, the voluntary sector and community groups, who are working together to deliver ‘better, fairer health and care at all ages and in all places’.

You will be primarily based within the Innovation Observatory but will also belong to the ‘Enabling Methodologies’ ARC theme within the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University. You’ll be expected to support and collaborate with ARC and Innovation Observatory stakeholders, notably other ARC Fellows across the Region. You will assist ARC researchers with evidence searches and synthesis, whilst developing new methodological approaches to support activities across the wider information scientist community.

Key duties will be to:

  • Support ARC research across its themes and regional priority areas by assisting with development and execution of database / registry searches and evidence synthesis.
  • Assist in the development of new methodological approaches for evidence identification, retrieval and synthesis including machine learning and data mining.
  • Through these activities, support the development of relevant internal and external research funding applications with ARC and IO collaborators
  • Actively contribute within the ARC Enabling Methodologies Theme to support other ARC Fellows and Theme Leads.
  • Support the development of IO internal data repositories and digital tools, including ontologies, indexing of data and search functionality.
  • Deliver training on applied research methodology in digital/information science and evidence synthesis.
  • Collaborate and facilitate links with information science colleagues across the ARC, relevant ARC and IO stakeholders and other NIHR funded structures, to promote research development and delivery.

Research Associate

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of identifying various types of evidence by structured searches (from databases to grey literature)
  • Ability to build effective relationship with a range of different stakeholders and at different levels
  • Good critical appraisal/strategic planning skills
  • Demonstrable experience of publishing peer reviewed journal articles and other outputs from research involving evidence synthesis
  • Experience of carrying out research projects within agreed timelines and to a high standard
  • Relevant experience in applied health and/or social care research funding applications including as a named researcher or collaborator
  • IT skills across a range of relevant applications
  • An understanding of structured and unstructured data analytics
  • Previous experience of working in a dedicated evidence synthesis research group (Desirable)
  • Experience of applying mixed method approaches to searches including Artificial Intelligence (Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour

  • A desire to improve health and social care practice
  • An understanding of integrated care systems
  • Willingness and ability to travel around the region
  • Confident presentation skills
  • Motivated, self-starting individual capable of driving and supporting research across diverse communities

Qualifications

  • A PhD or equivalent professional expertise in a relevant topic area
  • A Master’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant topic area

Senior Research Associate

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of identifying various types of evidence by structured searches (from databases to grey literature)
  • Ability to build effective relationships with a range of different stakeholders and at different levels
  • Strong critical appraisal/strategic planning skills
  • Significant experience of publishing peer reviewed journal articles and other outputs from research involving evidence synthesis
  • Experience of carrying out research projects within agreed timelines and to a high standard
  • Substantial experience in applied health and/or social care research funding applications including as a named researcher or collaborator
  • Excellent IT skills across a range of relevant applications
  • A comprehensive understanding of structured and unstructured data analytics
  • Previous experience of working in a dedicated evidence synthesis research group (Desirable)
  • Experience of applying mixed method approaches to searches including Artificial Intelligence (Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviours

  • A desire to improve health and social care practice
  • An understanding of integrated care systems
  • Willingness and ability to travel around the region
  • Confident presentation skills
  • Motivated, self-starting individual capable of driving and supporting research across diverse communities

Qualifications

  • A PhD or equivalent professional expertise in a relevant topic area
  • A Master’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant topic area

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

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: 5443

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