Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Postdoctoral Scholar, Gender Equality Metrics

IHME has an excellent opportunity for three Postdoctoral Scholars to join the Gender Equality Metrics team. This position will work on developing and conducting novel analyses, leading efforts to develop and experiment with alternative modeling and data approaches. Using established modeling tools and through creation of novel code, postdoctoral scholars incorporate all relevant data to produce the most up-to-date and scientifically credible results.

There are multiple research areas within the team, including (1) measuring the primary and secondary impacts of COVID-19 by sex, quantifying gender gaps across all diseases and risk factors estimated by the Global Burden of Diseases Study; (2) assessing social and economic barriers to gender equality in health, and developing an index of gender equality in health; and (3) modeling need, demand, and use of family planning services at a local geographic scale (e.g., district level).


  • Develop a core understanding of gender equality research methodology and its components. This may include relevant sources of data on contraception, fertility, and other related variables; and geostatistical modeling, small area estimation, and other hierarchical modeling approaches.
  • Independently carry out quantitative analyses and participate in reciprocal research projects. Interpret and vet results from junior staff, formulate conclusions and inform team leaders.
  • Develop, quality check, and distribute complex data sets to be used in epidemiological and statistical analyses.
  • Develop and implement new computational and statistical methods. Create, test, and use relevant computer code  (R). Maintain, modify, and execute analytic machinery that generates publicly-available results.
  • Contribute to drafting of presentations, manuscripts, and funding proposals. Lead and co-author scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Maintain scientific awareness and intellectual agility with data, methods, and analytic techniques.
  • Provide ideas and content for the development of internal trainings. Teach established trainings.
  • Contribute to research design.
  • Other duties as assigned that fall within reasonable scope of research team.