Department of Health Metrics Sciences

September 21, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow, Resource Tracking

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. IHME carries out a range of projects within different research areas including the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors; Forecasting; Costs and Cost Effectiveness; Geospatial Analysis; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. The aim is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base to make decisions that achieve better health.

The successful applicants will have a doctoral research degree (or foreign equivalent) in public health, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, or other relevant subject, plus three years’ related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    • Demonstrated interest in the research described.
    • Experience and demonstrated success in modeling using at least one and ideally two of the following programming languages: Stata, Python, R, and SQL.
    • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills.
    • Ability to undertake research projects with limited guidance.
    • Excellent communication skills, including track record of success in writing for publication, presenting research proposals and results, and representing research groups at meetings.
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented research environment with a focus on producing innovative, policy-relevant results.
    • A theoretical and practical understanding of quantitative analysis.
    • A flexible character and willingness to engage in all types and stages of academic quantitative research on global health.

Desired Qualifications

  • A theoretical and practical understanding of infectious disease epidemiology
  • Expertise in a second computer programming language or mathematical platform

Scope of Fellowship

The incumbent will contribute to the development, implementation, and analysis of IHME’s Financial Resources for Health team by systematically and scientifically track resources spent on health and measure their impact. This research is both domestic and international and uses a wide variety of data types and statistical processes.

The incumbent will participate in several stages of analysis and production of research output, including analysis planning, project brainstorming, data management, statistical analysis, validation of results, visualization of results, and the development of written manuscripts, presentations, and reports. To do so, the individual must be able to identify and assess available relevant data, complete analyses, interpret output, and collaborate with the team. The individual will work with data from surveys, global databases, censuses, published literature, registries, and administrative records, among others. The incumbent will assess all available data and use or develop modeling tools to produce up-to-date and scientifically credible estimates and indicators used to evaluate and measure the impact of financial flows for health.

The individual will be integrally involved in producing, critiquing, improving, and disseminating results. They must develop an understanding of IHME’s financial resource-tracking methodologies and must already have a strong command of data manipulation and estimation techniques. Specifically, they must have experience working in global health settings and be proficient in a least one and ideally two of the following: Stata, R, Python, or SQL. The individual will work with data analysts, data specialists, projects officers, senior research leads, and faculty and take part in the intellectual exchange about how to improve upon the results, as well as the creation of papers and presentations that help share results with broader audiences.

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 positions in academia, national health agencies, international organizations, and foundations.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. This is a one-year appointment renewed annually following a performance review.

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

Application Process

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a brief statement (500-word limit) outlining research interests and two letters of recommendation.

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