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Information Specialist

University of Aberdeen - Health Services Research Unit, Institute of Applied Health Sciences

Location: Aberdeen
Salary: £33,199 to £39,610
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 29th October 2018
Closes: 26th November 2018
Job Ref: HSR044A

The Health Services Research Unit (HSRU) has a national remit to research the best ways to provide health care, and to train those working in the health services in research methods. Most research projects aim to find out whether developments within the health service really are effective, efficient and appropriate. There are approximately 70 members of staff, working together cohesively, with everyone’s contribution valued. The atmosphere is friendly, informal and efficient.

We are looking to recruit an Information Specialist to provide information services in support of the research undertaken at HSRU. The post-holder will primarily work within the evidence synthesis team, a multidisciplinary group that includes systematic reviewers, health economists and statisticians. This team is engaged in undertaking high quality systematic reviews and economic evaluations of health technologies. The main duties for the post-holder will be to design and undertake extensive literature searches in multiple bibliographic databases and other data sources, provide reference management for the team throughout the duration of each research project and document the search process. The post-holder is also required to provide literature searches for other research activities in the Unit, including other evidence synthesis projects and trials undertaken within the Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT) which is located within HSRU. In addition, the Information Specialist is responsible for maintaining an Endnote database of all Unit publications and presentations and to disseminate these on our website and in reports as required.

The post-holder should possess a degree or post graduate qualification in Librarianship and/or Information Science and have experience in searching bibliographic databases, preferably in the biomedical and social science fields. Other essential requirements are excellent organisation skills; the ability to work to a high degree of accuracy within a tight timeframe; and to work effectively as part of a team. Experience in using reference management software, particularly EndNote is desirable. Knowledge of research methods and medical terminology would also be advantageous although appropriate training will be provided to a less experienced successful candidate.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 salary scale and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 26 November 2018

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:

Professor Craig Ramsay, Unit Director

01224 243 8140

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Professor Ramsay.

Please quote reference number HSR044A on all correspondence

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff

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