Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiovascular

Scope of Fellowship

IHME has an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral with a focus on cardiovascular diseases as part of the GBD enterprise.  The individual will work with data from multiple sources including vital registration, scientific literature, disease registries, and hospital records.  The individual will focus on improving the machinery and analytic framework used in estimation of the local and global burden of cardiovascular risk factors and diseases. The Fellow will work primarily on the cardiovascular team, but will also interface with other teams and internal and external partners.  He/she will need to be adept at translating complex analytic aims into functional and efficient code that can be operated routinely as part of the overall GBD machinery.

The individual will need to become familiar with the epidemiology of multiple cardiovascular risks and diseases and how these relate to the overall GBD principles and methods. An ability to efficiently review and interpret epidemiologic scientific literature will be particularly valuable; however, no prior experience with cardiovascular disease is required. The Researcher will need to understand how best to integrate very large databases, complex computer-based statistical disease models, model diagnostics, and the best principles of reproducible data science.  He/she will be expected to help interpret and improve upon the results of the methods.

The overall GBD enterprise produces estimates for more than 300 diseases and injuries and more than 70 risk factors for greater than 500 geographic locations. The Fellow will be integrally involved in producing, critiquing, improving, and disseminating results. The individual must develop an understanding of the GBD methodology and must already have a strong command of either epidemiology, statistics, disease modeling, or related fields. The individual will work with senior research leads and take part in the intellectual exchange about how to improve upon the results and in creating papers and presentations that help share the results with broader audiences. Strong written and verbal communication skills are expected.

The fellowship program also encourages fellows to engage in meaningful dialogue with the academic and policy communities by presenting research findings at global health conferences and participating in key meetings. This program focuses on defining research and professional development goals for future positions in academia, national health agencies, international organizations, and foundations.

Overall, the individual will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic research team. This position is contingent on project funding availability.