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Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11294
Posted: March 30, 2017

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Researcher whose work 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 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. 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 work will focus on priority areas for malaria elimination including parts of southern sub-Saharan Africa, Hispaniola and the greater Mekong Delta region. The Researcher will work closely with malaria control teams in these locations and will collaborate with the Malaria Modelling Consortium to achieve shared goals.

The Researcher must develop a command of the methods developed and deployed and the rationale for them.  In this case, the methods are about linking geostatistical analyses of malaria surveillance data from malaria elimination countries, human mobility models and data, and models of malaria transmission dynamics and control to develop strategic plans for malaria elimination and country-level stratifications of optimal intervention strategies. The modeling and analysis are in collaboration with a strong team working on geospatial research.

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.

  • Masters in computer science, physics, economics, engineering, statistics, mathematics, or other relevant subject, plus three years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Additional  Requirements:
  • Demonstrated interest in the research described.
  • Experience in and demonstrated success in scientific computing using at least one of the following programming languages: R, C++.
  • Developing and analyzing simulation models
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Good publication record.
  • Ability to independently plan and execute research projects.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented research environment with a focus on producing innovative, policy-relevant results.
  • Practical experience in one or more of the following: niche models, species distribution models, statistical inference, stochastic processes, or infectious disease modeling.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
  • PhD in Computer Science, Physics, economics, engineering, Statistics, mathematics or related field desired.
  • Experience in computational biology strongly preferred.
  • A theoretical and practical understanding of infectious disease epidemiology.
  • Expertise in a second computer programming language or mathematical platform.
  • Some experience with GIS.
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