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Researcher - Systematic Literature Reviews

Job Titles:
Health and Research, Researcher
£25,000 to £30,000 per annum
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Our client is seeking a Researcher to work on systematic literature reviews and data identification for projects in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, finance and other sectors. The successful candidate will have a degree in a biomedical subject and will be available to work full-time from their South Essex office with the possibility of some remote working.

You will have the following aptitudes and interests:

  • An interest in identifying and processing published evidence on biomedical topics – you pay attention to news reports of new treatments or health and like to read the details about these from journal websites, not just social media;
  • A good eye for detail - you can’t resist correcting typos and formatting errors; you always make sure your written work is accurate and appropriately referenced to source documents;
  • A willingness to follow protocols – you can follow detailed instructions consistently, so you get the same results every time you repeat the same task;
  • A logical mind – you enjoy solving puzzles and working things out for yourself;
  • Enjoyment from reading factual reports – you are happy to spend long periods of time working at a computer; you prefer to get information from reading rather than talking about issues;
  • A good level of literacy – you communicate fluently in written and spoken English; you enjoy making sense of a lot of information and writing this up as a comprehensible summary;
  • Fast working and productive – you enjoy working at speed and juggling tasks; you have always been good at meeting deadlines;
  • Team-worker – you are good at collaborating and sharing tasks with colleagues; you take pride in supporting the team in delivering high-quality work;
  • Honesty and reliability – you are known for doing what you have promised to do; you are open about difficulties you have experienced with work-related tasks and eager to learn how to avoid them in the future.


Tasks will include the following:

  • Running pre-specified searches of established medical literature databases (PubMed, Embase, Cochrane library and others);
  • Searching the internet for additional sites with suitable resources for literature reviews;
  • Collating search results into EndNote;
  • Screening abstracts in a spreadsheet for relevance for the review, using pre-specified inclusion criteria;
  • Retrieving full text versions of relevant papers and screening them for relevance;
  • Extracting relevant data from the papers into specific fields in a Text document table or spreadsheet;
  • Assisting with report writing and amendments;
  • Taking minutes of client meetings;
  • Manual uploading of citation details of HTA reports and journal publications into an online database;
  • Identification of published data to help to parameterise a disease or mortality model.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Competence in using word processing and spreadsheet software;
  • A basic understanding about medical research methods;
  • Legally entitled to work in the UK.

Shortlisted applicants will be requested to complete a brief abstract screening task. Those reaching the required standard will then be asked to attend for interview.