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Cochrane Systematic Review Research Fellow

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Full or part-time (see job details)
Contract status
Fixed term
31,604 - 38,832 Per year
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Role Description

The Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) is a world renowned department that produces policy relevant research and innovative methods that advance the use of research evidence to improve population health. CRD now hosts the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders Group (CMD). As part of our continued growth we are seeking to appoint a Cochrane Systematic Review Research Fellow work primarily on Cochrane reviews.

The role
You will act as a key member of the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders (CMD) editorial team, delivering CMD systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis projects (often to tight deadlines). You will contribute to all aspects of CMDs systematic reviews, including screening articles for inclusion, quality and risk of bias assessment, data extraction, data collection, data management, data synthesis (quantitative and qualitative), interpreting results and writing research reports and papers. You will also have, or be able to develop appropriate skills to contribute to other types of synthesis, including individual participant data and network meta-analyses. You may also work on developing methodology both within reviews and as standalone projects.

Key requirements:

  • First degree in a relevant health, science or social science subject and a relevant masters-level qualification
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods of systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Understanding of study designs used in health, public health or social care research
  • Strong skills in quantitative and/or qualitative analysis
  • Ability to develop research ideas, projects and proposals, with supervision as required
  • The ability to select appropriate methods and apply the principles of evidence synthesis in practice
  • Experience of undertaking health, public health or social care research
  • Experience undertaking systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • Good attention to detail and commitment to producing high quality outputs

We are particularly keen to hear from applicants with an excellent understanding and previous experience of undertaking systematic reviews in mental health, and prior experience of health related research.

Salary is in the range £31,604 – £38,832 a year on Grade 6 of the University’s salary scales and is available immediately. This role can be full time but flexible working, including job sharing, will be considered. Minimum of 29.6 hours (80% FTE) should candidates require sponsorship. The appointments will be made on a fixed-term period until 31 March 2020.

Why York?
The University of York is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities. The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the position of the University among the leading institutions in the UK for research. The University’s ‘top ten’ ranking in the REF for Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care show that 83% of our research was rated as “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.


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York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.