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 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 outstanding opportunity for a Researcher to join our Goalkeepers team. We are looking for someone ready to advance in their career in global health research. 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 creation of novel code, researchers incorporate all relevant data to produce the most up-to-date and scientifically credible results.

The Goalkeepers team develops research intended to describe and assess health care around the world, particularly for publication in the high-profile Goalkeepers Report published by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 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, data professionals, project managers, as well as potentially with the Gates Foundation directly. This position is contingent on project funding.

You will be integrally involved in developing new models and producing, critiquing, improving, and disseminating results. You already have a command of epidemiology, statistics, or disease modeling with a strong technical background, 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 and disseminate the results.

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

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Under the guidance of experienced faculty, develop and implement quantitative analyses and statistical modeling to produce results for the annual Goalkeepers report for designated diseases and risk factors.
  • Review, assess, and improve results and methods and contribute substantively to the development of new methods.
  • Build and apply computational and statistical tools and algorithms to analyze and visualize input data and results.
  • Document code and analytic approaches systematically so that analyses can be replicated by other team members.
  • Write, test, and use relevant computer code (in Python and R).
  • Lead discussion in research meetings about results and analyses to vet, improve, and finalize results; present results and methods to internal audiences.
  • Contribute to the creation of presentations, manuscripts, and funding proposals. Co-author paper(s).
  • 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.
  • Maintain scientific awareness and intellectual agility with data, methods, and analytic techniques.
  • Other duties as assigned that fall within reasonable scope of research team.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master’s degree in public health, health metrics science, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, math, economics, quantitative social sciences, or related discipline plus 1 year of 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:

Proven interest and experience in global health.

Advanced coding skills in R or Python (Python preferred) and a strong willingness to become an expert.

Experience working with large datasets and demonstrated ability to synthesize data and correct for known biases.

Strong analytic, critical thinking, and quantitative skills.

Demonstrated experience in quantitative methods, including regression modeling.

Ability to professionally and effectively communicate and work with other staff at all levels to achieve 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.

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 position contributing to the overall mission of IHME.

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:

  • Experience with a wide range of quantitative methods, including time series analysis and machine learning techniques.
  • Track record of success in co-authorship on scientific papers, presenting results, and representing research at meetings.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • 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.
  • This position currently has funding till June 2024, with a possibility of being extended.

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?