The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is a dynamic organization 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. A core research area for IHME is the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors enterprise (GBD). 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 exciting opportunity for an Editorial Coordinator, GBD. The primary purpose of this position is to support the development of high-quality peer-reviewed scientific papers for IHME’s GBD work in fields including epidemiology, biostatistics, survey methodology, health economics, demography, and social determinants. The individual in this position will be responsible for the coordination of the publication process and many of the organizational responsibilities for IHME’s scientific papers, for submission to peer-reviewed publications in order to broaden the quantitative evidence base for health.
The position is integral to IHME being able to expand the quantitative evidence base in health, especially through dissemination of scientific results in peer-reviewed journals. IHME’s credibility relies upon demonstration and dissemination of high-quality science in the international arena. Publication in peer-reviewed journals helps establish and maintain that credibility. The individual needs to be able to communicate well with researchers from a diversity of disciplines, expertise, and cultural backgrounds, often across time zones around the world and under time-constrained circumstances.
- Manage key tasks related to scientific paper production, including: sending papers to collaborators for comment, collation of collaborator comments, collection and management of author forms for publications, checking proofs prior to printing, and other tasks critical for publication in scientific journals, as delegated by members of the Scientific Communications team.
- Engage with editorial contacts at scientific journals to ensure that submitted papers meet submission requirements.
- Assume responsibility for tracking and sending collaborator communications, including notifications about upcoming deadlines.
- Collaborator database management, in conjunction with the Network Engagement team.
- Assist other members of the Scientific Communications team with paper production process management, including creating and updating production timelines and following up with IHME faculty and staff regarding paper timelines and tasks.
Editing, research, fact-checking
- Develop a command of the intellectual material and analytic concepts that are central to IHME’s work, which span epidemiology, biostatistics, survey methodology, health economics, demography, and social determinants.
- Perform specific literature reviews and assist with referencing for paper production.
- Edit manuscripts for consistency, clarity, grammar, syntax, and formatting for specific journals.
- Fact-check publications against results datasets.
- Become familiar with the data visualization tools used to access the high volume of data produced by IHME; be able to extract key details from those data.
- Support other Scientific Communications functions as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, English, social sciences or related field and two years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and command complex, multidisciplinary material.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment in collaboration with a range of individuals.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Maintain strong attention to detail while planning around contingencies.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop positive relationships with external constituents and IHME colleagues from a diverse set of disciplines, expertise, and backgrounds.
- Experience in global health strongly preferred.
- Copy-editing experience and familiarity with copy-editing principles and terminology strongly desired.
- Experience with scientific writing or publishing strongly desired.
Conditions of Employment:
- Evening and/or weekend work may be required.