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Postdoctoral Scholar, MENA COVID Modeling - Department of Health Metrics Sciences
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
 
 
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Date Posted 02/25/2021
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Position Overview

School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Health Metrics Sciences

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar, MENA COVID Modeling - Department of Health Metrics Sciences


Position Details
Position Description

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to deliver to the world timely, relevant, and scientifically valid evidence to improve health policy and   practice. IHME carries out its mission through 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; Local Burden of Disease; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. Our vision is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base so all people live long lives in full 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 Postdoctoral Scholar to join the MENA COVID modeling team. This position will be a part of new project in partnership with CDC to produce estimates related to COVID cases and outcomes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be integrally involved in research design and implementation, including producing, critiquing, improving, and disseminating the project’s results. Anticipated start date is Spring 2021.

We are looking for someone ready to advance their career in global health research. IHME researchers and postdoctoral scholars analyze and produce key estimates for their assigned research team and 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.

You will be integrally involved in producing, critiquing, improving, and disseminating results. You are someone that is capable of keeping your team on track to meet deadlines and research objectives. You have experience with the publication process, and at IHME, you will build out your portfolio with several peer-reviewed papers. You thrive in a collaborative work environment and are capable of working on multiple projects concurrently while meeting deadlines. You keep current of recent scientific, engineering, and technical advances and are able to translate these into your research. This position is contingent on project funding availability.

Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are initially for 12-months with opportunities to renew. Appointment not to exceed 5 years, including postdoctoral experience(s) at other institutions. 

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

Responsibilities

  • Exhibit command of future health scenarios, infectious diseases, Global Burden of Disease (GBD), Financing Global Health (FGH), and Microsimulation, among the research areas at IHME, including the methodologies and respective components.
  • Independently carry out quantitative analyses and participate in reciprocal research projects. Interpret and vet results from junior staff, formulate conclusions and inform team leaders.
  • Develop, quality check, and distribute complex data sets to be used in epidemiological and statistical analyses.
  • Contribute to drafting of presentations, manuscripts, and funding proposals. Lead and co-author scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Maintain scientific awareness and intellectual agility with data, methods, and analytic techniques.
  • Provide ideas and content for the development of internal trainings. Teach established trainings.
  • Build collaboration across IHME teams and with CDC counterparts.
  • Other duties as assigned that fall within reasonable scope of research team.

Conditions of employment:

  • Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.

  • Weekend and evening work sometimes required.


Qualifications

Required

  • PhD or foreign equivalent in public health, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, math, economics, quantitative social sciences or related discipline
  • Excellent analytic, critical thinking, and quantitative skills.
  • Results and detail-oriented individual that can initiate and complete tasks under tight deadlines and changing priorities both independently and in a team environment. Flexibility with hours and workload is key.
  • Experience devising and executing statistical modeling techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly recognize problems in results and identify root causes in data, methods, and code.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required, including track record of success in co-authorship on multiple scientific papers, presenting results, and representing research at meetings.
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team.
  • A long-term interest in an academic position contributing to the overall mission of our research.

Instructions

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a brief statement (500-word limit) outlining research interests and one letter of recommendation via Interfolio :  http://apply.interfolio.com/84108


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.


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