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Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11293
Posted: March 30, 2017

IHME has an exciting opportunity for a GBD Researcher 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. The researcher 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 Researcher will use modeling tools to produce estimates on an annually updated basis. Depending upon interest and expertise, the Researcher may also model some key risk factors, such as obesity. The Researcher 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.

The overall GBD enterprise produces estimates for more than 300 diseases and injuries and more than 70 risk factors for greater than 500 geographic locations. Researchers will be integrally involved in producing, critiquing, improving, and disseminating results. The individual will work with senior research leads and take part in the intellectual exchange about how to improve upon the results and in creating papers and presentations that help share the results with broader audiences. The individual will be expected to interact successfully with a wide range of stakeholders and to describe complex concepts and materials concisely. Overall, the Researcher will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic research team. This position is contingent on project funding availability.

  • Master’s in nutrition, public health, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, or related field plus three years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Disease and risk-specific expertise, including familiarity with data sources and epidemiology.
  • Demonstrated interest in the research described.
  • Experience with and demonstrated success in modeling using at least one of the following programming languages: Stata, Python, R.
  • 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.
  • Training or experience in analysis of nutrition surveys and dietary data.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
  • PhD in public health, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, or related field.
  • Interest in dietary risk factors, obesity and implications of diet on health.
  • Publications in the field of nutrition, diet, and/or obesity.
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