University of Washington School of Public Health
Researcher and/or Postdoctoral Fellow, Arbovirus Invasion - Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Closing Date: open until filled
Posted: January 18, 2017
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington focused on expanding the quantitative evidence base for health. A core research area for IHME is the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) enterprise. A systematic, scientific effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss due to diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and geography over time, GBD is the largest and most comprehensive effort to date to measure epidemiological levels and trends worldwide. GBD’s aim is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base to make decisions that achieve better health.
IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Researcher and/or Postdoctoral Fellow whose work will focus on developing and applying hierarchical Bayesian geo-statistical modeling techniques to elucidate generalizable patterns and drivers of invasion and spread of dengue virus (DENV) at fine scales. Further, the incumbent will develop and implement simulation methods (e.g., iterated filtering) for matching an existing agent-based model of fine-scale transmission dynamics to the patterns identified.
The work will focus primarily on DENV transmission in Iquitos, Peru, where household-level epidemiological and entomological data has been collected for over 14 years. The Researcher will work closely with a multi-institutional collaborative team to advance this work.