Research Scientist

About the Role

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

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 Research Scientist to join our Neonatal and Child Health team. You will primarily work with the Neonatal and Child Health Team with a primary initial focus on analysis of congenital birth defects and cerebral palsy including risk factors, epidemiology, disease burden, and long-term consequences of the conditions. We are looking for someone ready to advance in their career in global health research. As a Research Scientist you will be a lead on your research team by contributing to research design and training and 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 such as education and income – from surveys, vital registration, censuses, literature, registries, and administrative records.

You will be integrally involved in producing, critiquing, improving, and disseminating results. You are someone that 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

·       Independently carry out quantitative analyses and participate in reciprocal research projects. Interpret and vet results from junior staff, formulate conclusions and inform team leaders.
·       Exhibit command of substantive areas of expertise to understand the dimensions and uses of health data including appropriate evaluation, interpretation, extraction, and utilization of data from multiple types of data sources including randomized trials, case control and cohort studies, administrative datasets, electronic health records, laboratory records, insurance claims, and vital statistics.
·       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 or Python). Maintain, modify, and execute analytic machinery that results.
·       Draft presentations, manuscripts, and contribute to funding proposals. Lead and co-author scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.
·       Maintain scientific awareness and intellectual agility with data, methods, and analytic techniques.
·       May lead and/or mentor junior staff
·       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.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

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.ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

·       Excellent analytic, critical thinking, and quantitative skills.
·       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.
·       Experience devising and executing statistical modeling techniques.
·       Demonstrated ability to quickly recognize problems in results and identify root causes in data, methods, and code.
·       Ease in designing, executing, and troubleshooting code in one or more languages (R or Python).
·       Excellent written and oral communication skills required, including track record of success in co-authorship on multiple scientific papers, presenting results, and representing research at meetings.
·       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.
·       Adept diplomacy and exemplary interpersonal skills required. Must be agile at forming respectful and rewarding relationships with people with different levels of experience and expertise from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and professional settings.
·       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: http://www.healthdata.org/get-involved/careers/dei

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

·       PhD or MD in public health, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, math, economics, quantitative social sciences plus two years’ experience preferred.
·       Experience with machine learning, data mining, and analytic techniques.
·       Experience mentoring and developing junior employees on soft and technical skills.
·       Experience with project management methods.
·       Peer-reviewed publication record

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

·       Weekend and evening work sometimes required.
·       This position is open to anyone authorized to work in the U.S. 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 U.S.

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 Work 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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The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.