Systematic Reviewer


Job Title: 

Systematic Reviewer, Cochrane Response

Reports to (title):

Senior Systematic Reviewer, Cochrane Response


May 2021


Assist with the provision and delivery of commissioned systematic reviews and review tasks for Cochrane Response, Cochrane’s evidence consultancy unit.

Cochrane Response provides a broad range of literature review and evidence synthesis services to international policy makers and guideline developers to support evidence informed healthcare decision making. We work closely with Cochrane networks to increase Cochrane’s capacity to respond to requests for commissioned evidence reviews and tailored evidence services.

In line with Cochrane’s Goal 4 of the Strategy to 2020: to support building an effective and sustainable organisation by ensuring the success of Cochrane Response as a business unit that produces relevant information to guide healthcare decisions and responds to the needs of our stakeholders.



=     Play a day-to-day role in delivering high-quality and timely systematic review services as part of the Cochrane Response team.


=     Reporting to the Senior Systematic Reviewer, you will carry out relevant tasks for the conduct of a living systematic review and living network meta-analysis on COVID-19 vaccine studies (, including data extraction and risk of bias assessment.

Role and responsibilities:

=       Be part of a project team, to undertake systematic review tasks, specifically:

o   Data extraction of published studies, clinical trial reports, study protocols, and other associated study documents (e.g., interim analyses presented to regulatory bodies)

o   Risk of bias assessment using the Cochrane RoB2 tool

o   Perform GRADE and produce evidence profiles and Summary of Findings tables

=       Ensure timely delivery of high-quality project deliverables

=       Engage closely with other team members and collaborators

=       Support the Senior Systematic Reviewer as needed in other systematic review activities.


=     First degree in related field e.g., medical sciences, biology, statistics and ideally, a higher degree relevant to research area or equivalent qualifications.

=     4+ years of relevant experience in systematic reviews.

=     Publication of at least one systematic review on vaccine efficacy, effectiveness, or safety, with responsibilities in data extraction and risk of bias assessment.

=     Familiarity with risk of bias assessment, experience with RoB2 preferred.

=     Familiarity with extracting data from clinical trial reports, clinical trial registries, and other study documents associated with published journal articles.

=     Ability to exercise independent judgment within generally defined practices and policies that lead to methods or processes for obtaining results.

=     Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills (both written and oral).

=     Able to collaborate effectively with the project team, and experience in working with deadlines.

=     Proficient IT skills, including Word, Excel, and online collaboration tools.


Internal: Cochrane Response team, and the Central Executive Team

External: Network of external experts and collaborators.


Budgetary responsibility: None

Number of direct and indirect reports: None