University of Washington School of Public Health
Researcher or Postdoctoral Fellow, GBD (HIV) - Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Closing Date: open until filled
Posted: May 31, 2018
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an organization at the University of Washington (UW). 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.
A core research area for IHME is the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) Study. 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, the GBD is the largest and most comprehensive effort to date to measure epidemiological levels and trends worldwide. The 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 outstanding opportunity for a Researcher or Postdoctoral Fellow on the Global Burden of Disease team. This individual will analyze and produce key estimates as part of this central endeavor. To do so, the individual must assess all available relevant quantitative data – including those on causes of death, epidemiology, and a range of determinants such as education and income – from surveys, vital registration, censuses, literature, registries, and administrative records. Using established modeling tools and through creation of novel code, the Researcher must incorporate all relevant data to produce the most up-to-date and scientifically credible results following the overall GBD paradigm.
The GBD study produces estimates for more than 300 diseases and injuries and more than 80 risk factors for greater than 500 geographic locations. Researchers will be integrally involved in producing, critiquing, improving, and disseminating results. The Researcher must develop an understanding of the GBD methodology and must already have a strong command of epidemiology, statistics, disease modeling, or related interests. The individual will work with senior research and faculty leads to 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 or Postdoctoral Fellow will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic research team. This position is contingent on project funding availability.