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Principal Research Fellow


Location:  Southampton Science Park, Chilworth
Salary:   £51,034 to £64,145 Pro rata per annum
Part Time Fixed Term (until 31/03/2022)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 15 January 2020
Interview Date:   Friday 28 February 2020
Reference:  1224620VB

We are seeking a researcher with exceptional analytical and communication skills to join our team supporting national health policy decisions about the effective and cost-effective use of medicines and other healthcare technologies. 

The Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC) is a leading centre for health technology assessment and health services research in the UK. We assess the clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of a range of health technologies. Our expertise includes evidence synthesis, health economics/modelling, information science and epidemiology. 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. 

The post holder will work as part of a team of researchers on Technology Assessment Review projects for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Systematic Reviews Programme, and NICE, including Single Technology Assessments (STA), Highly Specialised Technologies (HST), Multiple Technology Assessments (MTA) and Diagnostic Assessments (DA).  The post holder will lead on the specialist methodological assessment and synthesis of clinical effectiveness evidence as part of these NICE technology appraisals, through tasks such as conducting and validating indirect treatment comparisons (e.g. using network meta-analysis), and synthesising evidence for the effectiveness of health technologies to inform decision-analytic economic models.

The post holder will also contribute to SHTAC’s broader programme of research in health, acting as principal/co-investigator on major research projects. They will also contribute to innovative methodological developments within the field of evidence synthesis, collaborating with experts nationally and internationally. Other responsibilities include providing training internally and externally on advanced evidence synthesis methods, and research management tasks.

You will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in economics, statistics, operational research or another analytical discipline. In addition to technical knowledge and skills, you will be a good writer, work effectively in a team and communicate well. 

Appointment will be made on the following scales: Principle Research Fellow - £51,034 - £64,145 according to experience. 

See our website for more information, or contact Professor Joanne Lord (

Interviews to be held on 27th January 2020.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4046. Please quote reference 1224620VB  on all correspondence.

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.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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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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