The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and the Department of Health Metrics Sciences within the School of Medicine at the University of Washington are recruiting to fill up to one full-time year-long postdoctoral fellow appointment.
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. 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.
Scope of Fellowship
The incumbent will be part of the Cancer Elimination Team. The Fellow will, as part of a collaboration between IHME and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, work on an exciting new endeavor to produce the most comprehensive global pediatric cancer burden estimates to date. This individual will be integral to this collaborative endeavor, analyzing data and producing estimates of the burden of pediatric cancer as part of a team inclusive of faculty and staff at IHME and St. Jude. To succeed in this position, 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 cancer registries, surveys, vital registration systems, scientific literature, and administrative records. Using established modeling tools and through creation of novel code, the incumbent must incorporate all relevant data to produce the most up-to-date and scientifically credible results following the overall GBD paradigm.
Postdoctoral Fellows play a critical role in ongoing research projects that apply analytical approaches and quantitative methods to impact evaluations, health economics, Global Burden of Disease, and other projects within the health metrics field. Duties of each fellow are tailored to create a research experience that builds upon the core proficiencies from their doctoral training.
Fellows work within teams to drive research forward from inception to publication while acquiring analytical skills and exploring new areas of investigation. Along with research opportunities, IHME provides training workshops to broaden fellows’ experience in effective writing for publication, grants, and statistical software programs.
The fellowship program also encourages fellows to engage in meaningful dialogue with the academic and policy communities by presenting research findings at global health conferences and participating in key meetings. This program focuses on defining research and professional development goals for future positons in academia, national health agencies, international organizations, and foundations.
Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. This is a one-year appointment; possible extension dependent upon funding.