Overview

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 Managing Research Scientist to join our Resource Tracking – Domestic Health Accounts research team on the Brain Health Initiative project.

The Domestic Health Accounts research team develops research intended to estimate financial and other costs for specific health conditions globally. Research from this team has been published in a wide-set of peer-reviewed journals, presented around the globe, and reported online through an interactive visualization. The Brain Health project will generate social and personal costs for a broad set of health conditions that impact the brain, including neurological, cerebrovascular, and mental health disorders. This project will create a set of direct and indirect impact estimates by country and by condition with the intent to more fully understand the non-health burden of key diseases, compare that burden across countries, and where possible to assess time trends. The research is policy-relevant, with long-term goals to assess what determines different levels of non-health burden for these diseases and the team at a unique moment of expansion in scope. We are looking for someone ready to advance in their career in global health research. As a Managing Research Scientist, you will be a leader on your research team and contribute to research design, analysis, and training and mentoring of junior staff. IHME researchers analyze and produce key estimates for their assigned research team and will assess all available relevant quantitative data – including data tracking spending, costs, education and income, disease prevalence and cause of death – from surveys, vital registration, censuses, literature, registries, and administrative records. Managing Research Scientists play a critical role in supervising and managing research team staff.

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.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Research, dissemination, supervision and management

  • Coordinate with others and complete analyses of key economic and cost data.
    Collaborate closely with the project lead/principal investigator to determine a research pathway, from identifying data and determining methods to publication and dissemination of findings.
  • Ensure the team delivers to the highest standards of the organization
  • Identify and foster opportunities to advance individuals’ and the team’s knowledge and abilities.
  • Ensure the team works effectively with other groups at IHME – promote cross-organization teamwork.
  • Assess and map project deliverables to resource needs and allocate resources accordingly; advise PI on short- and long-term team structure.
  • Manage staff to include: hiring and training, assigning work hours, managing workflow, priority setting, contributing to professional growth and performance assessment, resolving complaints, and initiating disciplinary action for supervisees.
  • Train team members, providing guidance, coaching and support, and course-correcting guidance when necessary.
  • Provide ideas and content and support for the development of internal trainings, both for your team, IHME, and external audiences. Teach established trainings.
  • Exhibit command of the Brain Health project research area, including the methodology, components, and how it intersects and intertwines with the larger Global Burden of Disease Enterprise in order to effectively manage the work, engage partners in the research process, as well as lead trainings, give presentations, and conduct seminars on substantive research topics to internal and external partners.
  • Independently carry out quantitative analyses and participate in reciprocal research projects. Interpret and vet results, formulate conclusions and inform team leaders.
  • Develop and implement new computational and statistical methods. Create, test, and use relevant computer code (R, Python).
  • Contribute to research design.
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned that fall within reasonable scope of research team. 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.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, math, economics, quantitative social sciences or related discipline.
  • 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.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent analytic, critical thinking, and quantitative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in using large-scale, complex datasets.
  • 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.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and priorities to meet established and changing deadlines.
  • Results and detail-oriented individual that 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
  • 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: https://www.healthdata.org/about/mission-vision/DEI

​​​​​​​DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD or MD in public health, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, math, economics, quantitative social sciences plus two years’ experience preferred.
  • Experience supervising employees.
  • 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.
  • Experience working with survey, census, vital registration, and other data sources.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

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

About University of Washington - Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME makes this information freely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve population health.

Vision
IHME aspires to make available to the world high-quality information on population health, its determinants, and the performance of health systems. We seek to achieve this directly, by catalyzing the work of others, and by training researchers as well as policymakers.

Mission
Our mission is to improve the health of the world’s populations by providing the best information on population health.

Research
IHME’s research is organized around answering three critical questions that are essential to understanding the current state of population health and the strategies necessary to improve it.

  • What are the world's major health problems?
  • How well is society addressing these problems?
  • How do we best dedicate resources to maximize health improvement?