|The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to deliver to the world timely, relevant, and scientifically valid evidence to improve health policy and practice. IHME carries out its mission through a range of projects within different research areas including the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors; Future Health Scenarios; Cost Effectiveness and Efficiency; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. Our vision is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base so all people live long lives in full health.
IHME is committed to providing the evidence base necessary to help solve the world’s most important health problems. This requires creativity and innovation, which are cultivated by an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment that respects and appreciates differences, embraces collaboration, and invites the voices of all IHME team members.
IHME has an excellent opportunity for a Research Scientist to join our Vaccine Coverage and Vaccine-Preventable Disease team. We are looking for someone ready to advance in their career in global health research. As a Research Scientist, you will be contributing to research design, training, leading and/or mentoring junior staff. IHME researchers analyze and produce key estimates for their assigned research team and will assess all available relevant quantitative data – including those on causes of death, epidemiology, and a range of determinants – from surveys, vital registration, censuses, literature, registries, and administrative records as needed.
The Vaccine Coverage and Vaccine-Preventable Disease team at IHME focuses on the production of high-quality, reliable disease burden estimates for selected vaccine-preventable diseases for the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study. In addition, we use state-of-the-art geospatial modeling techniques to estimate local patterns of vaccine coverage and vaccine-preventable disease burden. We partner with global, regional, and country collaborators to ensure that our estimates reflect accurate trends in vaccine coverage and disease burden and improve the evidence base for policy decisions. The Research Scientist identified for this position will lead efforts to estimate the burden of measles, pertussis, tetanus, diphtheria, and varicella/herpes zoster for GBD, while developing innovative methods and coordinating the translation of results to support policy decisions in collaboration with our partners. In addition, we expect opportunities to contribute to and integrate this work with our ongoing local coverage and disease burden estimates.
You will be integrally involved in producing, critiquing, improving, and disseminating results. You are someone who is capable of keeping your team on track to meet deadlines and research objectives. You have experience with the publication process, and at IHME, you will build out your portfolio with several peer-reviewed papers. You thrive in a collaborative work environment and are capable of working on multiple projects concurrently while meeting deadlines. You keep current of recent scientific, engineering, and technical advances and are able to translate these into your research. This position is contingent on project funding availability.
• Exhibit command of vaccine-preventable disease research at IHME, including the methodology and its components.
• Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, math, economics, quantitative social sciences, or related discipline plus four years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
• Growing peer network where sought out as having solid command with engineering/technical areas, a given disease, risk, key indicator, relevant methodological area, and the related data sources and scientific underpinnings.
• PhD or MD in public health, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, math, economics, or quantitative social sciences plus two years’ experience preferred.
• Weekend and evening work sometimes required.
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