Research Fellow in Information Science and Evidence Synthesis

Country: United Kingdom;

City: Southampton

Vacancy added: 21.05.2019

Employer: University of Southampton

Resumes due: 19.06.2019


The Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC) is a centre of excellence for health technology assessment (HTA), with expertise in finding, reviewing and synthesising clinical evidence and in the use of decision modelling and health economics to appraise benefits for patients and value for the National Health Service. We are one of nine Technology Assessment Review (TAR) teams contracted to provide independent and objective reports for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). We also have an active programme of other research, including cost-effectiveness analysis in the context of clinical trials, data analysis and modelling.

SHTAC is part of the Wessex Institute, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. The University of Southampton is a founding member of the Russell Group, a top 20 UK university and one of the top 100 universities in the world. With a global reputation for academic excellence, we offer a stimulating, challenging and dynamic working environment for all our staff. 

Working as part of the SHTAC evidence synthesis team on projects for NICE, you will: design and execute literature search strategies on bibliographic databases and other sources; critically appraise literature search strategies in evidence submissions to NICE; provide general information science support to the team (e.g. support and training on bibliographic software/databases and developments in information science); undertake systematic review tasks (e.g. screening references for inclusion; extract data and critically appraise evidence); write reports for NICE and contribute to the development of SHTAC’s programme of research in health (e.g. contributing to successful grant applications; writing peer reviewed publications).

You will have PhD in a relevant area (e.g. library studies and information science; health technology assessment), or equivalent specialist knowledge, skills and experience. 

You will have experience in designing, testing, running and documenting systematic literature search strategies, and familiarity with searching major health and medical research databases such as Medline, and specialist topic databases.

You will have good knowledge of, and/or demonstrable skills in conducting systematic reviews (e.g. screening references, extracting data from studies).

Excellent IT knowledge/skills, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and bibliographic reference management software will be required.

In addition to technical knowledge and skills, you will be a good writer, work effectively in a team and communicate well.

You will be encouraged and supported to extend your knowledge and skills of relevant methods, to develop your own research interests, to publish high quality reports and papers and to present at local, national and international conferences and meetings. Funding for relevant training is available, and if needed we will support you in completing a part-time post-graduate course.

The appointment will be made on the salary scale £30,395 - £37,345 according to experience. 

Interviews will be held on the 09/07/2019.

See our website for more information, or contact Dr Jonathan Shepherd ( for an informal discussion.


Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Ita Holmes  (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1143119VB on all correspondence.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

The Faculty of Medicine holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace.The Faculty recognises that applicants may seek flexible working patterns which will be considered as part of the recruitment process. For further information including key benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance, please see our working with us website pages.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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