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Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Researcher, Future Health Scenarios

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; Costs and Cost Effectiveness; Local Burden of Disease; 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 is 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 Researcher on the Future Health Scenarios team. The Future Health Scenarios team forecasts GBD inputs and results (burden of more than 250 diseases and injuries and more than 80 risk factors for all GBD geographic locations) to provide policymakers, donors, researchers, and the general public with the highest-quality future estimates to make decisions that improve health. IHME researchers analyze and produce key estimates for their assigned research team and will assess all available quantitative data – including those on causes of death, epidemiology, and a range of determinants such as education and income – from surveys, vital registration, censuses, literature, registries, and administrative records. Using established modeling tools and through creating novel code, researchers incorporate all relevant data to produce the most up-to-date and scientifically credible results.

You will be integrally involved in producing, critiquing, improving, and disseminating results. You already have a command of epidemiology, statistics, disease modeling, or related interests, and we will help you develop an understanding of our core research and methodology. Our researchers work with senior research leads and external collaborators and take part in the intellectual exchange about how to improve upon the results and disseminate the results.

You are expected to interact successfully with a wide range of partners and to describe complex concepts and materials concisely. Overall, Researchers are critical members of agile, dynamic research teams. This position is contingent on project funding availability.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop a core understanding of assigned research area methodology and its components.
  • Under the guidance of experienced scientist and/or faculty, carry out quantitative analyses and statistical modeling to produce results designated on a given timeline as part of collaborative research projects.
  • Extract data from various sources and databases. Format, transform, review, and assess data sources to determine their relevance and utility for ongoing analysis. Understand key data sources and variations in these across and within countries.
  • Review, assess, and improve results and methods.
  • Apply computational and statistical tools and algorithms for the preprocessing, analysis, and visualization of source data.
  • Document code and analytic approaches systematically so that analyses can be replicated by other team members.
  • Lead discussion in research meetings about results and analyses to vet, improve, and finalize results.
  • Contribute to creation of presentations, manuscripts, and funding proposals. Co-author paper(s).
  • Maintain scientific awareness and intellectual agility with data, methods, and analytic techniques.
  • Other duties as assigned that fall within reasonable scope of research team.

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, math, economics, quantitative social sciences, or related discipline plus 1 year related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Requirements

  • Proven interest and some experience in a given disease, risk, key indicator, methodological area, and the related data sources and scientific underpinnings.
  • Strong analytic, critical thinking, and quantitative skills.
  • Ability to professionally and effectively communicate and work with other staff at all levels in order to achieve team goals for the analyses and related outputs.
  • Results- and detail-oriented individual who can initiate and complete tasks under tight deadlines and changing priorities both independently and in a team environment. Flexibility with hours and workload is key.
  • Working ability with at least one statistical programming language (e.g., R, Python). Python strongly preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team.
  • A long-term interest in a research scientist position contributing to the overall mission of our research.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Desired

  • Track record of success in co-authoring scientific papers, presenting results, and representing research at meetings.
  • Knowledge of machine learning, data mining, and analytic techniques.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Weekend and evening work sometimes required.

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