Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to monitor global health conditions and health systems, as well as to evaluate interventions, initiatives, and reforms. IHME carries out a range of projects within different research areas including the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors; Future Health Scenarios; Costs and Cost Effectiveness; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. The aim is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base to make decisions that achieve better health.
IHME is committed to providing the evidence base necessary to help solve the world’s most important health problems. This requires creativity and innovation, which is cultivated by an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment that respects and appreciates differences, embraces collaboration, and invites the voices of all IHME team members.
IHME has an excellent opportunity for a Researcher to join our HIV TB & Select Infectious Diseases research team. The GBD Select IDs team takes on the challenging scientific endeavor of estimating the global burden of diarrhea, lower respiratory infections, upper respiratory infections, and other intestinal infectious diseases. We do so by leveraging large amounts of data, working within a complex analytical framework, and engaging with a diverse global collaborator network.
IHME researchers analyze and produce key estimates for their assigned research team and will assess all available 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, researchers incorporate all relevant data to produce the most up-to-date and scientifically credible results.
You will be integrally involved in producing, critiquing, improving, and disseminating results. You already have a command of epidemiology, statistics, disease modeling, or related interests, and we will help you develop an understanding of our core research and methodology. Our researchers work with senior research leads and external collaborators and take part in the intellectual exchange about how to improve upon and disseminate the results.
You are expected to interact successfully with a wide range of partners and describe complex concepts and materials concisely. Overall, Researchers are critical members of agile, dynamic research teams. This position is contingent on project funding availability.
Develop a core understanding of Global Burden of Disease methodology and its components.
Develop an in-depth understanding of the scientific and epidemiologic domains of lower respiratory infections and diarrheal diseases and their underlying pathogens.
Under the guidance of experienced scientist and/or faculty, carry out quantitative analyses and statistical modeling to produce results designated on a given timeline as part of collaborative research projects.
Extract data from various sources and databases. Format, transform, review, and assess data sources to determine their relevance and utility for ongoing analysis. Understand key data sources and variations in these across and within countries.
Review, assess, and improve results and methods.
Apply computational and statistical tools and algorithms for the preprocessing, analysis, and visualization of source data.
Document code and analytic approaches systematically so that analyses can be replicated by other team members.
Lead discussion in research meetings about results and analyses to vet, improve, and finalize results.
Contribute to creation of presentations, manuscripts, and funding proposals. Co-author paper(s).
Maintain scientific awareness and intellectual agility with data, methods, and analytic techniques.
Other duties as assigned that fall within reasonable scope of research team.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, math, economics, quantitative social sciences, or related discipline plus 1 year related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proven interest or some experience in diarrheal diseases, upper and lower respiratory infections, risk, key indicator, methodological area, and the related data sources and scientific underpinnings.
Strong analytic, critical thinking, and quantitative skills.
Working ability with programming in R, including developing new code and troubleshooting existing code. Additional experience with Stata highly preferred.
Experience with extracting, transforming, loading (ETL) big data. Proven experience in copying data from one or more sources into a destination system that represents the data differently from the source or in a different context.
Results- and detail-oriented individual who can initiate and complete tasks under tight deadlines and changing priorities both independently and in a team environment.
Demonstrated self-motivation, ability to absorb detailed information, flexibility, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, and entrepreneurial environment.
Demonstrated ability in managing complex projects with myriad nuances and moving parts.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Ability to professionally and effectively communicate roadblocks to team managers, as well as identifying areas for self-improvement.
Ability to navigate multiple tools, learning platforms, and documentation material with ease and agility.
Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team.
long-term interest in a research scientist position contributing to the overall mission of our research.
A commitment to working to alongside others at IHME to illuminate the health impacts of systemic racism and to work within IHME to make our organization more diverse and inclusive. See IHME’s DEI statement here: http://www.healthdata.org/get-involved/careers/dei.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Track record of success in co-authorship on scientific papers, presenting results, and representing research at meetings.
Knowledge of machine learning, data mining, and analytic techniques.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
This position is open to anyone authorized to work in the U.S. The UW is not able to sponsor visas for staff positions.
Weekend and evening work sometimes required.
This position is eligible to work fully remote in the US; work schedule required to overlap 50% of IHME office hours between 8am and 6pm Pacific Time.
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