Cochrane seeks - Cochrane Information Specialist Support Team Member

Cochrane seeks -  Cochrane Information Specialist Support Team Member

Specifications: Part time (1 day per week), we anticipate this being a secondment from a Cochrane Group, but we will also consider suitably qualified independent consultants.
Salary: £35,000 FTE per annum, will be prorated for 1 day per week
Location: Remote
Application Closing Date: 09 March 2020 (Midnight GMT)

CIS Support Team members will provide both introductory and ongoing support and training to the CIS community in the areas related to Cochrane editorial processes, information technology, and study identification methods. Support and training will be guided by the needs of practicing CISs and current Cochrane policies and technology developments.

About the role
The postholder would be responsible for the following key accountabilities:

  • Provide new CISs with an introduction and orientation to processes, procedures, and policies related to the production of systematic reviews and Specialised Register maintenance.
  • Provide ongoing training and support to all CISs in using the Cochrane Register of Studies (CRS).
  • Provide established CISs with support for processes, procedures and policies related to the production of systematic reviews relevant to their role.
  • Provide help and support to all CISs in using Cochrane editorial tools, e.g. RevMan and Archie.
  • Develop programmes and materials to support the training and educational needs of CISs, including the management of CRG Specialised Registers within the CRS.
  • Maintain and update the CIS portal and the CIS user guide.
  • Identify and advocate for professional development opportunities for CISs within Cochrane.
  • Work with the Learning and Support Officer (Group Staff) to ensure training projects/support aligns with
  • CET initiatives and objectives.
  • Collaborate with learning team colleagues on development of learning and teaching materials.
  • Consult with IRMG for input on topical methodological issues.
  • Organise and/or co‐facilitate workshops and seminars relevant to the CIS community at Colloquia or regional conferences.
  • Assist the Learning and Support Officer (Group Staff) to ensure that reports on the activities of the CIS Support Team are prepared for Cochrane as required.
  • Maintain activity logs to assist in the assessment of the CIS Support Team programme.

About you
We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world. The successful candidates will also have:

  • Current or very recent experience of working as a CIS in a CRG, field or Centre, preferably for at least two years.
  • Library or information science qualification.
  • An understanding of information retrieval methodologies, particularly as they apply to the production of systematic reviews.
  • Experience of managing a Cochrane Review Group’s Specialised Register using the CRS.
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the core Cochrane review production infrastructure e.g. RevMan, Archie, Task Exchange, Cochrane Crowd, etc.
  • Experience in biomedical database searching, e.g. The Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, Embase, trial registries, etc.
  • Good written, verbal and presentation skills in English.
  • Organisational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a self‐directed manner, and as part of a virtual team.
  • Flexibility and willingness to undertake national and international travel on occasion.

About us
Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to with “CIS Support Team Member” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

  • For further information, please download the full job description from here
  • Deadline for applications: 09 March 2020 (12 midnight GMT)
  • Interviews to be held: Week commencing 16 March 2020
Thursday, February 13, 2020