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RESEARCHER - TOBACCO DATA TEAM - Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11291
Posted: March 30, 2017
Description:

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Researcher on our newly formed Tobacco Team. The new team was created with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies and will focus on improving estimation of tobacco burden, uptake of results by tobacco partners, as well as assessment of the impact of tobacco control policies. The Researcher on the Tobacco Team will also contribute to the development and application of innovative methods in statistical analysis to produce high-quality and policy-relevant estimates related to the effects of tobacco use on health.

The Researcher 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. Specifically, the Tobacco Team will drive the intellectual content to derive burden of disease estimates related to tobacco use and evaluation of programs to eliminate tobacco-related disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). The individual will be expected to interact successfully and describe complex concepts and materials concisely to a wide range of stakeholders, including high-level individuals in government or other organizations.

The Researcher will develop a command of the methods developed and deployed and the rationale for utilizing them across varying contexts. The individual is also expected to create and deploy programming code to carry out complex statistical methods. The individual will be a key contributor to discussions about methods development, strategic decision-making about how best to deploy methods using the given computational infrastructure, and how to improve upon the results given the available data.

The individual will also be responsible for contributing to papers, presentations, and other materials to help disseminate results. This position is contingent on project funding availability.

Skills/Eligibility:
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Master’s in epidemiology, population health, biostatistics, health informatics, health economics, health policy, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and three years’ work experience.

    Additional  Requirements:
  • Demonstrated interest in the research described.
  • Coding experience in R required. Experience and demonstrated success in modeling in one more programming languages: Stata, Python.
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Ability to undertake research projects with limited guidance.
  • Excellent communication skills, including track record of success in writing for publication, presenting research proposals and results, and representing research groups at meetings.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented research environment with a focus on producing innovative, policy-relevant results.
  • A theoretical and practical understanding of disease modeling.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED:
  • PhD in epidemiology, population health, biostatistics, health informatics, health economics, health policy, or related field
  • Expertise in tobacco control and interventions, including familiarity with data sources and epidemiology.
How to Apply:

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