Researcher or Postdoctoral Fellow, Geospatial Core Code - Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation


CLOSING DATE: open until filled


JOB #: 12631

POSTED: May 30, 2018


The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington focused on expanding the quantitative evidence base for health. 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. IHME is seeking to revolutionize the way we track diseases around the world by developing innovative geospatial analytic methods to produce increasingly granular estimates of diseases and determinants.

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Researcher or Postdoctoral Fellow on the Local Burden of Disease (LBD) project. This project aims to produce estimates of health outcomes and related measures that cover entire continents, but to do so at a very fine, local resolution. Such estimates will allow decision-makers to target resources and health interventions precisely, so that health policy decisions can be tailored for local areas rather than entire countries. A few of the conditions this work will touch on are pneumonia and its etiologies, diarrhea and its pathogens, malaria, child growth failure, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, Ebola, and neglected tropical diseases. Through the development and use of geospatial techniques to synthesize information at the local level, and in partnership with key collaborators around the world, IHME will present results in interactive, high-resolution maps to illuminate levels, trends, and disparities in health outcomes.

This position will use model-based geostatistics (MBG) among other innovative analytical methods and devise ways to carry them out more easily and routinely. By enhancing existing computational pipelines and writing novel computational solutions, this position helps resolve challenges to enable the timely and efficient production of high-caliber scientific and policy-relevant results. The solutions developed must allow databases and analytic engines to function seamlessly with one another. This individua must develop a command of the methods developed and the rationale for them. They are expected to create and deploy code to carry out complex statistical methods potentially utilized by all team members. This individual will be a key contributor to discussions about 1) statistical and computation methods development, 2) strategic decision-making for implementation of methods into existing computational infrastructure, and 3) ongoing improvements to the architecture of our code base. In addition, this individual will be expected to collaborate with other team members on papers, presentations, and other materials to help disseminate results. This position is contingent on project funding availability.

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