How we hire
Our guide to hiring outlines each step of the process, including some tips and tricks from our hiring teams.
Find a job that’s right for you
Whether you are an experienced public health professional, new to the workforce, or making a career change, we have a place for you on our team.
- Browse job descriptions: Hiring teams strive to include as much information as possible about their team, their work, and the role. You might also get a better understanding of the type of work we do at IHME.
- Hear from IHMErs: Take your job search a step further and check out our employee blog. There you’ll find stories about our employee experiences and their work.
Apply for a role
When you find a job(s) you’re interested in – please apply! IHME is part of the University of Washington, so when you click the “Apply” button you will be taken to the university’s hiring portal.
- Before you apply: Make sure your resume is up to date, that you have a cover letter prepared, and that you have three professional references. The UW has great tips on what to include in your resume.
- Track your application: Your application will be screened by the UW central human resources team for minimum qualifications. This may take up to 3 weeks. We recommend using the UW Hires portal to track the status of your application.
Applications that meet minimum requirements are sent to the IHME human resource team. From there, they will be shared with the hiring teams to review.
Interview and meet the hiring team
If your application meets minimum qualifications and is chosen by the hiring team, you will be contacted via email or phone. This is a great time to start brushing up on your interview skills!
- Screening call or email: We often do a quick screening check by phone or email. From there, you may be invited to an in-person or virtual interview.
- Interviews: You may be invited to an interview with a group or a series of individuals who are familiar with the job you applied for. Some positions require follow-up interviews. Interviews help us learn more about you, your experiences, and how we may contribute to your growth. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask us questions.
- Assessments: Some positions may require further understanding of your skills in a particular area. The job description will indicate if an assessment is required. Assessments typically take about 90 minutes to complete, and your hiring team will provide any necessary materials, if one is required for your position.
Common questions from job seekers
The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or [email protected].
Yes, we do! At the moment, we are only able to sponsor visas and work permits for academic positions. If you are applying for a classified or professional position, we will ask you to provide proof of US work authorization.
Yes! We very much encourage members of under-represented groups to apply. At IHME, we are striving to increase diversity, knowing that doing so will lead to a workforce that is representative of our global community.
In many cases, yes. This is only true for professional staff positions. Classified staff (SEIU 925) applicants do not submit cover letters.
We ask for three references who can speak to your professional experience. One must be from a previous supervisor. We recommend that you contact them prior to listing their names in order to ensure their contact information remains current.
Due to the number of applications we receive, we are unable to field direct calls about vacancies.
Yes, but we encourage you to state in your cover letter that you have applied for another position, and that you provide details such as the position title and the approximate date that you applied.
Your application will be screened by the University of Washington central human resources team to determine if it meets minimum qualifications. If it does, it will be sent to the IHME human resource team. From there, it will be shared and reviewed with the hiring team assembled for this particular position.
We often do a quick screening check by phone or email and some positions will be asked to take an assessment. From there, you may be invited to a first-round interview.
If your application meets minimum qualifications and is chosen by the hiring team, you will be screened by phone or email. From there you may be invited to an interview with a panel or a series of individuals who are familiar with the functions of the particular job. Some positions require a test. Some positions require a second-round interview. In interviewing you, we are trying to understand your current capabilities and how we may contribute to your growth.
We strive to let our candidates know as soon as possible if a hiring decision has been made, but many factors contribute to the timeline. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] to check for an update.
Please email the thank-you to your IHME Human Resources liaison. They will ensure it is distributed to the appropriate parties.
All three! If you are hired, you will work at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which is part of the University of Washington, which is a state entity. In shorthand, you will be a state employee.
We receive many competitive applications. Please do not let this discourage you. Feel free to apply to other positions with us for which you are qualified.