Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Researcher, Resource Tracking US Spending

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 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 to join our Resource Tracking US Spending research team. Across IHME, Researchers analyze and produce key estimates for their assigned research team and will focus on using data from household and administrative surveys, insurance claims data, published literature, registries, and administrative records. Using established modeling tools and through creation of novel code, researchers incorporate relevant data to produce the most up-to-date and scientifically credible results. Researchers are integrally involved in producing, critiquing, improving, and disseminating results. In addition, researchers work closely with senior research leads and external collaborators and take part in the intellectual exchange about how to improve upon and disseminate the results. Through this, Researchers are expected to interact successfully with a wide range of internal and some external partners, and to describe complex concepts and materials concisely. Overall, Researchers are critical members of agile, dynamic research teams.

The Resource Tracking US Spending research team develops research intended to describe and assess health care spending in the US. Previous research from this team has been published in a wide set of journals, presented around the globe, and offered online through an interactive visualization. The research produced by this team will be extended to focus on subnational geographic variation in order to gain knowledge about changes in health care spending and utilization, and spending disparities across the US. The research is tremendously policy-relevant, with the team at a unique moment of expansion in scope. The team’s Researcher will work closely with the faculty lead, a Research Scientist, a team of data analysts and data services specialists, and researchers on the Central Computation and Clinical Informatics research teams. This position is contingent on project funding, which currently exists for two and half more years with hopes for extension.


  • Carry out quantitative analyses and statistical modeling to produce results designated on a given timeline as part of the US Disease Expenditure County-Level Analysis project.
  • Develop a core understanding of input data used by the team and the quantitative methods used to harmonize and combine data from a wide variety of data sources, with focus on estimating personal health care spending into conditions, age and sex groups, and types of care for over 3,100 US counties.
  • 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, statistical, econometric, and/or geospatial 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.

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.


  • 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.

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

    Additional Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Demonstrated success in implementing complex analytic code in R or Python.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team.
  • Eagerness to learn and contribute to important health economics research.
  • A long-term interest in a research scientist position contributing to the overall mission of our research.

    A commitment to working to alongside others at IHME to illuminate the health impacts of systemic racism and to work within IHME to make our organization more diverse and inclusive. See IHME’s DEI statement here:


  • Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, math, economics, quantitative social sciences, or related discipline plus 4 years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Track record of success working with a team, completing complex quantitative analysis, and providing written, graphical, and oral explanation of this research.
  • Experience with insurance claims data or other types of large datasets.
  • Expertise in research using at least two statistical programming languages, R and Python.


  • Weekend and evening work sometimes required.
  • This position is open to anyone authorized to work in the US. The UW is not able to sponsor visas for staff positions.
  • Office is located in Seattle, Washington. This position is eligible to work fully remote in the US; work schedule required to overlap 50% of IHME office hours, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific Time.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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