University of Washington School of Public Health
Postdoctoral Fellow, Malaria - IHME
Closing Date: open until filled
Posted: February 24, 2017
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and the Department of Global Health within the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health at the University of Washington are recruiting to fill up to one full-time year-long postdoctoral fellow appointment.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to monitor global health conditions and health systems, as well as to evaluate interventions, initiatives, and reforms. It uses cutting-edge techniques to tackle some of the most difficult and most critical questions in global health and find answers that will become the foundation for better policies and, ultimately, better health.
Successful applicants will have a doctoral degree (or foreign equivalent) in medicine, epidemiology, population health, biostatistics, statistics, health informatics, health economics, health policy, or other relevant subject. Successful applicants will have a proven record of quantitative research and analytical skills along with advanced research experience in data analysis and/or statistical methods.
- Coding experience in R required. Experience and demonstrated success in modeling in one more programming languages (Stata, Python) is desired.
- A theoretical and practical understanding of disease modeling.
Scope of Fellowship
The incumbent will be part of the Malaria Modelling team. The Fellow will focus on developing strategy for malaria elimination. The purpose of this position is to help devise and apply innovative methods to produce robust policy recommendations for addressing questions about where and when to intervene and optimal suites of interventions to eliminate malaria. The incumbent will be a critical member of an agile and dynamic research team developing new approaches and producing detailed estimates that will empower policymakers and donors to make optimal decisions about allocating funds and prioritizing interventions. The individual will be expected to interact successfully with and describe complex concepts and materials concisely to a wide range of stakeholders, including high-level individuals in government or other organizations.
The work will focus on priority areas for malaria elimination including parts of southern sub-Saharan Africa, Hispaniola, and the greater Mekong Delta region. The Fellow will work closely with malaria control teams in these locations and will collaborate with the Malaria Modelling Consortium to achieve shared goals.
This position is contingent on project funding availability. Candidates possessing specific interest in maternal and child nutrition are strongly encouraged to apply.
Postdoctoral Fellows play a critical role in ongoing research projects that apply analytical approaches and quantitative methods to impact evaluations, health economics, Global Burden of Disease, and other projects within the health metrics field. Duties of each fellow are tailored to create a research experience that builds upon the core proficiencies from their doctoral training.
Fellows work within teams to drive research forward from inception to publication while acquiring analytical skills and exploring new areas of investigation. Along with research opportunities, IHME provides training workshops to broaden fellows’ experience in effective writing for publication, grants, and statistical software programs.
The fellowship program also encourages fellows to engage in meaningful dialogue with the academic and policy communities by presenting research findings at global health conferences and participating in key meetings. This program focuses on defining research and professional development goals for future positons in academia, national health agencies, international organizations, and foundations.
This is a one-year appointment; possible extension dependent upon funding.
Compensation is competitive, commensurate with education and experience. In addition, we have a generous benefits package through the University of Washington summarized here.
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a brief statement (500-word limit) outlining research interests and two letters of recommendation.