Friday, November 21, 2008

Research Assistant - Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center ( is looking for a part time graduate student to assist in systematic reviews of medical evidence for a variety of rehabilitation topics. Other duties may include the development of informational and training materials, manuscripts for publications, grant applications, and project planning and management. These activities are focused on systematic reviews of the evidence in burn injury, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury and the translation of evidence-based research for multiple audiences. Activities involve academic publication, material to support continuing education, and consumer education. Opportunities for academic publication.

Responsibilities will include some combination of the following depending on the skills and interests of the candidate(s):

Required Skills:
• To facilitate systematic reviews of evidence, formulate targeted searches of medical research databases, making use of each database's controlled vocabulary (such as MeSH for Medline) to maximize both precision and recall.
• Given a preliminary topic for a systematic review, consult with subject-matter experts, review likely candidate documents, and examine controlled vocabularies to identify promising keywords for database searches.
• Perform preliminary evaluations of search result sets to characterize the topic focus and depth of available medical evidence, communicate these findings to subject-matter experts, and collaborate to refine search strategies.
• Document finalized search protocols for each database.

Desired Skills:
• Help to develop surveys, conduct qualitative and quantitative data analysis, assist in program evaluation particularly for information needs studies.
• Assisting in the development of conceptual structure for materials to be produced by center staff, and edit and revise these products for final publication.
• Collaborate in the development of visual materials, graphic materials, and in the organization and presentation of training and technical assistance materials, both on the public web site and on the intranet.

Full-time matriculated graduate student at UW. Major in library and information sciences is preferred.

Positions can be configured as either graduate research assistantships with full tuition support, or as hourly professions with support equal to the combined tuition and salary of GSA.

For further information, please contact:

Katherine Schomer
MSKTC Project Manager

How to apply:

Send your cover letter and curriculum vita to