Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Division of Health Policy and Management seeks a Researcher 5 for projects within the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC). The EPC prepares evidence syntheses for several different entities, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). EPC reports are comprehensive reviews of the literature on a particular topic.
The successful candidate must have experience in developing evidence syntheses of clinical and health services research. The incumbent will be required to participate in all phases of report development. He/she will work with the PI and Project Manager in defining the scope of the report and developing the analytic framework and key questions. He/she will manage meeting scheduling and project correspondence. He/she will work with the Trials Search Coordinator to develop and execute literature searches. The incumbent will review abstracts of articles identified during the literature search process in accordance with project-specific inclusion/exclusion criteria (typically based on the PICOTS). He/she will work with the PI and Project Manager in the development of data extraction tools and will use the tools to extract data from key publications. He/she will contribute tables, figures, and text to the final report.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Review abstracts from research studies identified by the literature search to isolate studies that merit further review based on established inclusion/exclusion criteria. The inclusion/exclusion criteria are typically based on the PICOTS and the key study outcomes. This requires the ability to determine whether the study methodology is appropriate and whether the population, intervention, comparator, outcomes, timing, and setting are relevant to the key questions for the evidence synthesis. 15%
2. Develop data extraction forms (paper and/or electronic) and templates for tables to be included in reports. This requires an understanding of the critical elements of a research study and how the information from each study will be used in preparing the evidence synthesis. 5%
3. Critically read and extract basic study information from articles that meet inclusion criteria. 25%
4. Review reference lists of key publications for related references not identified in the literature search process. This requires identifying the most relevant studies from the literature search, reviewing the references cited in those studies to identify other key studies, and determining whether the additional studies were identified in the initial literature search. 5%
5. Develop tables and figures to summarize extracted data. This requires determining the data that is most relevant for answering the key questions and creating tables and figures (plots, bar charts, etc.) to present the key data points in a way that conveys the important information to the reader of the synthesis. 10%
6. Prepare narrative summaries of extracted data. This requires synthesizing information from multiple studies pertaining to a key question or part of a key question and reaching conclusions about the information in text format. 25%
7. Use existing citation management software to manage references and extracted data and to create tables and figures for final report. This requires knowledge of the software and of the report template for the reference list, tables, and figures. 5%
8. Assist the Project Manager with study coordination tasks such as coordinating meetings, tracking screening and abstraction process, taking notes of meetings for meeting summaries, 10%
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
a. Master’s degree in an academic field related to library sciences, the health sciences, or allied health sciences (e.g., epidemiology, health services research, clinical research, or related field) with one or more years of research training.
c. Demonstrated understanding of the theory, principles, methods, and instruments used in the design, conduct, and reporting of clinical and health services research (including strengths and limitations of different study designs, types of bias, and key outcomes).
e. Ability to use database, spreadsheet, word processing, graphics, and presentation software to efficiently manage large amounts of data extracted from studies; ability to use Internet resources to find related information (e.g., on-going research studies, medication classes) and literature searching programs to find key published research.
f. Experience using reference management software such as EndNote to track and format large numbers of references.
g. Ability to communicate and work effectively with professional, statistical, technical, and support staff from a variety of disciplines, settings, and backgrounds.
h. Experience in writing sections of scientific reports, reviewing and editing manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals, and preparing other correspondence for work group members, TEP members, and peer reviewers.
i. Ability to function both independently and as part of a team to include problem solving and communication.
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