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NIHR Systematic Review Research Methods Fellowship (Research Assistant) (Fixed Term)


Applications are invited for an NIHR Systematic Review Research Methods Fellow. During the two year Fellowship, the Fellow will learn about systematic review methods, alongside research methods in general. In particular, the focus will be to gain high-level skills in systematic review and meta-analysis of the performance of models to predict risk of disease. The Fellow will learn these skills through attendance on the MPhil in Primary Care Research course, short courses in review methods and by leading a systematic review of risk prediction models for bladder cancer. It is anticipated that the Fellow will also contribute to other systematic reviews. The exact details of these will depend on the interests of the Fellow.

The successful candidate will not currently be working in healthcare research and will be:-

  • in their early career after an excellent degree in science, mathematics, politics or economics (ideally a 2:1 or above)
  • or returning to the workplace after a career break;
  • or looking to change the focus of their career whilst still utilising their undergraduate or previous training.

The fellowship provides:

  • Two years' salary (Grade 5, research assistant)
  • Home/EU rate course fees for the MPhil in Primary Care Research, University of Cambridge
  • £1000 training allowance per annum.

In the first year the Fellow will undertake a one-year MPhil degree at the University of Cambridge in Primary Care Research. The MPhil in Primary Care Research includes modules in statistics, epidemiology, survey design, social sciences, qualitative and mixed methods research, ethics and law, clinical trials and health economics.

In the second year the Fellow will be encouraged to attend short courses specific to systematic review methods and the particular interests of the Fellow.

In the course of their appointment, the Fellow will be supported to consider preparing and submitting an application for an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship.

The Fellowship will commence on 1st October 2018 and end on 30th September 2020.

The Fellow will be co-supervised by Dr Juliet Usher-Smith and Professor Simon Griffin. Dr Juliet Usher-Smith will provide regular supervision for the research project(s) and Professor Simon Griffin will provide oversight of the methodological training and development of the Fellow. The Fellow will also receive 1-to-1 time with Isla Kuhn, Lead Medical Librarian within the University of Cambridge Medical Library. The Fellow will join the Prevention Group within the Primary Care Unit which is led by Professor Griffin.

Location: Primary Care Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Juliet Usher-Smith, jau20@medschl.cam.ac.uk

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Closing date: 28th May 2018

Interview Date: 11th June 2018

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents, which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SN15504 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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