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Ber­lin Insti­tute of Health at Cha­rité (BIH) - BIH QUEST Cen­ter

QUEST Cen­ter for Respon­si­ble Rese­arch
Das BIH QUEST Cen­ter ent­wi­ckelt und imple­men­tiert neue Ansätze zur Siche­rung der Qua­li­tät und Nach­hal­tig­keit von For­schung und Ent­wick­lung über alle Pha­sen der Wert­schöp­fungs­kette.

Stu­dent assist­ant (d/f/m) for Meta-research BIH (sci­ence of sci­ence)

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The pos­i­tion is based at the BIH QUEST Cen­ter for Respons­ible Research, which aims to increase value and reduce waste in bio­med­ical research. The stu­dent assist­ant will work with mem­bers of the Meta-research and Auto­mated Screen­ing Group to con­duct stud­ies, and con­trib­ute to the devel­op­ment of new tools designed to screen sci­entific papers for com­mon prob­lems. Stu­dent assist­ant activ­it­ies may extend into a mas­ter thesis pro­ject.
Applic­ants should note that meta-research is dif­fer­ent from meta-ana­lysis. Meta-research, or sci­ence of sci­ence, can help us to improve sci­ence by identi­fy­ing com­mon prob­lems with the design, con­duct, ana­lysis and report­ing of sci­entific stud­ies. We can use this inform­a­tion to develop tar­geted solu­tions to improve sci­entific research.

Working field:

  • Abstract­ing data for meta-research stud­ies: The stu­dent assist­ant will review research art­icles and abstract data accord­ing to stand­ard­ized pro­to­cols. We par­tic­u­larly need stu­dents with an under­stand­ing of clin­ical tri­als.
  • Qual­i­fied par­ti­cipants may help to run a par­ti­cipant-guided, “learn by doing” meta-research course: This role requires excel­lent skills in work­ing with people. Course par­ti­cipants learn about meta-research by work­ing together to design, con­duct and pub­lish a meta-research study. The stu­dent assist­ant’s role would include work­ing closely with class par­ti­cipants to facil­it­ate con­sist­ent pro­gress, elim­in­ate road block and ensure that the class is work­ing together as a team. The stu­dent assist­ant may also work on the class research pro­ject.
  • Assist­ing with the devel­op­ment of auto­mated screen­ing tools: The team is cur­rently devel­op­ing tools to detect re-use of pub­lic data, screen pub­lic­a­tions for prob­lems with data visu­al­iz­a­tion, and provide authors with cus­tom­ized feed­back to improve report­ing. Applic­ants can learn more about how these tools will be used here: https://rdcu.be/cdnWk. The stu­dent assist­ant will be involved in writ­ing code to cre­ate new tools and review­ing papers and clas­sify them accord­ing to the cri­teria that the tool will assess.

Requirements:

  • Atten­tion to detail, and the abil­ity to per­form repet­it­ive tasks in a con­sist­ently high qual­ity man­ner.
  • Know­ledge of clin­ical tri­als.
  • A will­ing­ness to learn about meta-research and strategies for improv­ing trans­par­ency and repro­du­cib­il­ity in pub­lished papers.
  • Applic­ants inter­ested in assist­ing with the learn by doing course will need skills for team build­ing and - man­aging people and the abil­ity to quickly adapt to chan­ging cir­cum­stances.
  • Prior exper­i­ence with meta-research or sys­tem­atic reviews is bene­fi­cial, but not required.

What we offer:

  • A var­ied job in a for­ward-look­ing research insti­tute,
  • A tem­por­ary part-time pos­i­tion (80 hours/month),
  • Remu­ner­a­tion accord­ing to TV Stud III,
  • 30 vaca­tion days per year (with a five-day week),
  • Fam­ily - friendly, flex­ible work­ing hours for bet­ter work-life bal­ance.

How to apply:

BIH strongly encour­ages qual­i­fied women to apply. Applic­a­tions from people with an immig­rant back­ground who meet the hir­ing require­ments are expressly encour­aged. Severely dis­abled applic­ants and those with equal status will be given pref­er­en­tial con­sid­er­a­tion in cases of equal suit­ab­il­ity.

Please sub­mit your applic­a­tion via the BIH Career portal https://jobs.bihealth.org until the 30.09.2022, quot­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber STUD-B 08.22.03 BIH. We are look­ing for­ward to hear from you!

In case of pro­fes­sional ques­tions please con­tact PhD Tracey Weiss­ger­ber (e-mail: tracey.weissgerber@bih-charite.de).

You can find more inform­a­tion about BIH at
www.bihealth.org/en/