University of Washington School of Public Health
Researcher and/or Postdoctoral Fellow, Diet & Obesity - 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 exciting opportunity for a GBD Researcher and/or Postdoctoral Fellow with a focus on estimation of diseases related to dietary risk factors as part of the GBD enterprise. The individual will work with data from the scientific literature. They will need to become familiar with global and national patterns in dietary risk factors, including fatal and nonfatal outcomes, and will categorize dietary factors. The incumbent will use modeling tools to produce estimates on an annually updated basis. Depending upon interest and expertise, they may also model some key risk factors, such as obesity. The individual will assess all available data and use established modeling tools to produce results. The Researcher will also contribute toward the development of the GBD Dietary Database. He/she will write papers and contribute to methodological advancements over time.