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Starting a career in Systematic Review – 1 year in!

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Starting a career in systematic review - 1 year in - with William Muckley

A his 1-year anniversary with Mtech Access approaches, William Muckley shares his experiences of starting his career as a Systematic Review Analyst in our evidence generation team.     

What inspired you to pursue a career as a Systematic Review Analyst?

While studying for my Master’s degree in Biotechnology and Business Management at the University of Warwick, I developed an appreciation for scientific research and writing. This was exemplified by my dissertation, for which I conducted a systematic review in the field of crop genetics. Consolidating hundreds of hours of research into a succinct manuscript was a process that I found immensely satisfying. Following my degree, I began to explore different roles in medical writing and communications because, let’s be honest, who knew you could work as a Systematic Review Analyst? However, when I came across an analyst position at Mtech Access, I was immediately interested in the role.

What does your role as a Junior Systematic Review Analyst involve?

My work at Mtech varies considerably from week to week, although daily tasks may include: designing study protocols and search strategies; publication screening; data extraction; submission of deliverables, such as data extraction tables, slide decks, and reports; and developing client relations through project meetings and presentations.

Throughout each project, I work closely with other analysts and managers to ensure that we are aligned on our objectives and that we are progressing the project in a timely manner.

What has your first year in the Mtech Access Systematic Review team been like?

First and foremost, working as a junior analyst has been an academic challenge. I have worked on a multitude of therapeutic areas from respiratory diseases to robotic-assisted joint replacement. Switching between therapeutic areas is challenging but it helps keep the job fresh and exciting. Each project demands a tailored approach to producing deliverables – some require highly quantitative Excel data extraction sheets while others involve developing qualitative manuscripts or more visual slide decks – which adds a unique challenge to each project.

The Systematic Review team has been excellent at supporting new team members; all new analysts have access to a thorough training programme and the senior team is always happy to help out.

When you are not working, what do you like to get up to?

Outside work, I love walking and running. I usually keep to the lovely Buckinghamshire countryside but I also enjoy trips to the Cotswolds and Warwickshire. Most years I would venture abroad for a week of walking (and eating!) but this year I have been content to enjoy the varied offerings of the English countryside. I also love to read and I recently finished The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and binged the Sherlock Holmes audiobooks, read by the magnificent Stephen Fry!

If you’d like to find out more about pursuing a career as part of our Evidence Generation and Systematic Review team, please email careers@mtechaccess.co.uk or see our current vacancies here.

To explore your evidence generation strategy or discuss conducting a systematic review with the team at Mtech Access, please email info@mtechaccess.co.uk to arrange a meeting with one of our senior team members.

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