Department of Health Metrics Sciences

September 20, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiovascular

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 one full-time year-long postdoctoral fellow appointment.

About IHME

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

IHME has an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral with a focus on cardiovascular diseases as part of the GBD enterprise.  The individual will work with data from multiple sources including vital registration, scientific literature, disease registries, and hospital records.  The individual will focus on improving the machinery and analytic framework used in estimation of the local and global burden of cardiovascular risk factors and diseases. The Fellow will work primarily on the cardiovascular team, but will also interface with other teams and internal and external partners.  He/she will need to be adept at translating complex analytic aims into functional and efficient code that can be operated routinely as part of the overall GBD machinery.

The individual will need to become familiar with the epidemiology of multiple cardiovascular risks and diseases and how these relate to the overall GBD principles and methods. An ability to efficiently review and interpret epidemiologic scientific literature will be particularly valuable; however, no prior experience with cardiovascular disease is required. The Researcher will need to understand how best to integrate very large databases, complex computer-based statistical disease models, model diagnostics, and the best principles of reproducible data science.  He/she will be expected to help interpret and improve upon the results of the methods.

The overall GBD enterprise produces estimates for more than 300 diseases and injuries and more than 70 risk factors for greater than 500 geographic locations. The Fellow will be integrally involved in producing, critiquing, improving, and disseminating results. The individual must develop an understanding of the GBD methodology and must already have a strong command of either epidemiology, statistics, disease modeling, or related fields. The individual will work with senior research leads and take part in the intellectual exchange about how to improve upon the results and in creating papers and presentations that help share the results with broader audiences. Strong written and verbal communication skills are expected.
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.

Overall, the individual will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic research team. This position is contingent on project funding availability.

The University of Washington and the International Union, Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Local 4121 (UAW 4121) currently are negotiating their first collective bargaining agreement for Postdoctoral Scholars. Employees in this title are represented by UAW 4121 and will be subject to the applicable collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information and updates on the bargaining process, please visit

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