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The ESAIC is dedicated to supporting professionals in anaesthesiology and intensive care by serving as the hub for development and dissemination of valuable educational, scientific, research, and networking resources.



The ESAIC hosts the Euroanaesthesia and Focus Meeting congresses that serve as platforms for cutting-edge science and innovation in the field. These events bring together experts, foster networking, and facilitate knowledge exchange in anaesthesiology, intensive care, pain management, and perioperative medicine. Euroanaesthesia is one of the world’s largest and most influential scientific congresses for anaesthesia professionals. Held annually throughout Europe, our congress is a contemporary event geared towards education, knowledge exchange and innovation in anaesthesia, intensive care, pain and perioperative medicine, as well as a platform for immense international visibility for scientific research.


Professional Growth

The ESAIC's mission is to foster and provide exceptional training and educational opportunities. The ESAIC ensures the provision of robust and standardised examination and certification systems to support the professional development of anaesthesiologists and to ensure outstanding future doctors in the field of anaesthesiology and intensive care.



The ESAIC aims to advance patient outcomes and contribute to the progress of anaesthesiology and intensive care evidence-based practice through research. The ESAIC Clinical Trial Network (CTN), the Academic Contract Research Organisation (A-CRO), the Research Groups and Grants all contribute to the knowledge and clinical advances in the peri-operative setting.

Learn more about the ESAIC Clinical Trial Network (CTN) and the associated studies.


EU Projects

The ESAIC is actively involved as a consortium member in numerous EU funded projects. Together with healthcare leaders and practitioners, the ESAIC's involvement as an EU project partner is another way that it is improving patient outcomes and ensuring the best care for every patient.


Patient Safety

The ESAIC aims to promote the professional role of anaesthesiologists and intensive care physicians and enhance perioperative patient outcomes by focusing on quality of care and patient safety strategies. The Society is committed to implementing the Helsinki Declaration and leading patient safety projects.



To ESAIC is committed to implementing the Glasgow Declaration and drive initiatives towards greater environmental sustainability across anaesthesiology and intensive care in Europe.



The ESAIC works in collaboration with industry, national societies, and specialist societies to promote advancements in anaesthesia and intensive care. The Industry Partnership offers visibility and engagement opportunities for industry participants with ESAIC members, facilitating understanding of specific needs in anaesthesiology and in intensive care. This partnership provides resources for education and avenues for collaborative projects enhancing science, education, and patient safety. The Specialist Societies contribute to high-quality educational opportunities for European anaesthesiologists and intensivists, fostering discussion and sharing, while the National Societies, through NASC, maintain standards, promote events and courses, and facilitate connections. All partnerships collectively drive dialogue, learning, and growth in the anaesthesiology and intensive care sector.



Guidelines play a crucial role in delivering evidence-based recommendations to healthcare professionals. Within the fields of anaesthesia and intensive care, guidelines are instrumental in standardizing clinical practices and enhancing patient outcomes. For many years, the ESAIC has served as a pivotal platform for facilitating continuous advancements, improving care standards and harmonising clinical management practices across Europe.



With over 40 years of publication history, the EJA (European Journal of Anaesthesiology) has established itself as a highly respected and influential journal in its field. It covers a wide range of topics related to anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine, including perioperative medicine, pain management, critical care, resuscitation, and patient safety.



Becoming a member of ESAIC implies becoming a part of a vibrant community of nearly 8,000 professionals who exchange best practices and stay updated on the latest developments in anaesthesiology, intensive care and perioperative medicine. ESAIC membership equips you with the tools and resources necessary to enhance your daily professional routine, nurture your career growth, and play an active role in advancing anaesthesiology, intensive care and perioperative medicine.

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Senior Guidelines Methodologist

The term of office will start on 23 April 2024.

Deadline for applications is 5 June 2024.

The company

The European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) is the largest professional community of anaesthesiologists in Europe. The organization strives to promote the professional role of the anaesthesiologist and intensivist, maintain the highest standards of practice and patient safety, and foster an exchange of information by providing educational tools, research support and networking opportunities to members, colleagues, and partners.

The Guidelines team works together with experts to develop important guidelines focused on anaesthesiology, intensive and critical care, emergency medicine, pain, and related subspecialties (i.e., cardiovascular, transfusion medicine, paediatrics, neuro, and obstetrics). The guidelines are evidence-based and developed following a rigorous methodology aiming to help clinician for decision-making in their every-day practice.


A senior methodologist will be responsible for the development of evidence-based guidelines. The methodologist plays a crucial role in ensuring that guidelines are developed using rigorous methodologies (in accordance with latest international standards, such as GRADE, PRISMA, Cochrane Handbook, SIGN). The methodologist will work in close collaboration with the ESAIC Guidelines team, information specialists and the chairperson and members of each guideline taskforce.

Duties and responsibilities

In collaboration with the ESAIC guidelines team, the methodologist will support the development of ESAIC guidelines and Guidelines Task force members.

  • Collaboration with the Guidelines Committee to develop the needs of the Committee
  • Methodological Planning: Lead the development of a methodological framework for guideline production, following ESAIC requirements.
  • Literature Review and Evidence Synthesis: Oversee the systematic review of literature, based on the literature search performed by an information specialist and synthesis of evidence to generate recommendations.
  • Grading recommendations: Grade evidence quality and strength of recommendations using established methodologies (such as GRADE, PRISMA, Cochrane Handbook, SIGN).
  • Methodological Guidance and Training: Provide guidance and training to guideline development teams on methodological standards and best practices.
  • Quality Assurance: Ensure guidelines adhere to methodological standards and conduct quality assurance checks throughout the development process.

Job description details (in-depth)

  • Coordinate COI of Task Force members
  • Defining the scope of the guideline in view of already existing guidelines on this topic
  • PICO Question generation
  • Perform/assist with literature screening
  • Perform literature review
  • Overview the systematic review process, data extraction
  • Grading evidence, create summary of finding tables
  • Writing and voting recommendations (Delphi process)
  • Draft guideline manuscript (in view of methodology and basic structure)
  • Compile and implement comments
  • Publication of Guidelines and dissemination
  • Update of guideline
  • Overview and train young methodologist
  • Develop and review internal documents on guidelines methodology best practices

The candidate should ideally have:

  • Master or PhD degree in health services research, biostatistics/statistics, epidemiology, public health, or dedicated proven work experience in the field
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the conduct and reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analysis used to develop clinical guidelines and/or health policy
  • Experience with Agree, GRADE, PRISMA, Cochrane Handbook, SIGN and with latest international standards.
  • Experience in scientific writing
  • Experience in using MS Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience in using literature review software (Covidence, Rayyan)
  • Experience in software for conducting meta-analysis
  • Knowledge about perioperative environment and anaesthesiology is a plus
  • Ability to adjust to shifting priorities and the swiftly changing landscape of healthcare policies
  • Interaction approach characterized by high energy, strategic thought, collaborative spirit, straightforward communication

ESAIC offers:

  • A freelance contract and the opportunity to incorporate your skills within an innovative organisation and further develop your professional abilities
  • A part-time freelance contract (0,5 FTE) with flexible working hours and the possibility to telework
  • A challenging and varied role in a highly demanding but pleasant, multicultural, academic and international environment.


  • If this sounds like your profile, please send your CV in English and one page cover letter setting out how your experience fits you for the role described above
    • Deadline for application 05 June 2024. Please send your application to jobs@esaic.org with “Freelance Senior Guidelines methodologist” in the email subject.
  • For further information about the post, please contact the ESAIC Guidelines Team (guidelines@esaic.org)

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