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. It is building an audience of interested policymakers, researchers, donors, and other decision-makers in health who are interested in learning more about how to apply, use, and derive better evidence in global health.
IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Publications Officer. The primary purpose of this position is to support the development of high-quality peer-reviewed scientific papers for IHME’s work in fields including epidemiology, biostatistics, survey methodology, health economics, demography, and social determinants. Particular emphasis will be given to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD), which provides a tool to quantify health loss from hundreds of diseases, injuries, and risk factors, so that health systems can be improved and disparities can be eliminated. Collected and analyzed by a consortium of more than 3,000 researchers in more than 130 countries, the data capture premature death and disability from more than 300 diseases and injuries in 195 countries, by age and sex, from 1990 to the present, allowing comparisons over time, across age groups, and among populations.
- Manage the paper production process for select publications, working with project officers, faculty, researchers, fellows, and data professionals, from draft development to publication.
- Create and update production timelines, ensuring that all interrelated aspects of the schedule are being tracked and adapting timelines if milestones or deadlines shift.
- Gain a clear understanding of the complex computational machinery behind IHME’s work, and how these schedules relate to the paper production process.
- Develop an understanding of roles and areas of expertise of IHME faculty and staff; be able to identify the appropriate team member to assign to paper tasks.
- Maintain strong attention to detail while planning around contingencies.
- Assist in writing high-quality scientific articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
- Edit manuscripts for consistency, clarity, grammar, and syntax.
- Translate complex scientific concepts and data into language appropriate for audiences of specific interest for the paper topic and journal chosen for submission.
- Review and discuss results with researchers (including faculty, fellows, and external researchers) in order to identify key messages to highlight for scientific audiences.
- Engage in regular discussion and debate with researchers, collaborators, and project managers about key messages, representations of data, and the context of their presentation.
- Participate in the development of concise and accurate descriptions of research for use in publications, including press releases, policy briefs, and infographics.
- Engage with external collaborators to incorporate their feedback to draft scientific manuscripts, hone messages, and finalize manuscripts for submission.
- Participate in the peer-review process by facilitating required revisions and formulating responses to journal editors as appropriate.
- 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, social determinants, and education.
- Become thoroughly familiar with the details of the GBD work and the complex interdisciplinary projects included in IHME’s GBD portfolio, including their goals, objectives, and activities.
- Become familiar with related scientific literature to understand how to best to describe IHME’s findings in manuscripts.
- Understand and interpret statistical results of studies in order to summarize them in a clear, concise, and scientifically accurate manner.
- Become familiar with IHME’s data visualization tools in order 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 and three years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Proven experience with scientific writing or publishing.
- Experience working in global health strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated expertise managing complex projects with shifting deadlines and involvement of multiple stakeholders.
- Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and command complex, multidisciplinary material
- Demonstrated ability to write about scientific, technical content clearly and concisely.
- Ability to quickly understand and synthesize relevant materials for scientific audiences.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment in collaboration with a range of individuals.
- Strong written and oral communication skills with direct experience presenting to scientific audiences.
- 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.
- Master’s degree in related field and 5 years of experience.
Conditions of Employment: Evening and/or weekend work will be required around publication deadlines.