Researcher or Postdoctoral Fellow, Model Based Geostatistics (Vaccine Coverage)

Job Type

Full Time




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United States


The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is a growing 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 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. IHME is seeking to revolutionize the way we track diseases around the world by developing innovative geospatial analytic methods to produce increasingly granular estimates of diseases and determinants.

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Researcher or Postdoctoral Fellow whose work will focus on model based geostatistics (MBG) to join our Geospatial Analysis team. The purpose of this position is to help devise and apply innovative methods in geospatial analysis to produce high-quality and policy-relevant estimates of health and health-related indicators at the most granular level possible.

The incumbent will be a critical member of an agile and dynamic research team developing new approaches and producing detailed estimates that will empower policymakers and donors to make optimal decisions about allocating funds and prioritizing interventions. The individual will be expected to interact successfully and describe complex concepts and materials concisely to a wide range of stakeholders, including high-level individuals in government or other organizations.

The incumbent will primarily work on geospatial models of vaccine coverage. Through the development and use of geospatial techniques to synthesize information at the local level, and in partnership with key collaborators around the world, IHME will present results in interactive high-resolution maps to illuminate levels, trends, and disparities in health outcomes.

The individual must develop a command of the methods developed and deployed and the rationale for them. In this case, these methods involve the use of model-based geostatistics to model geospatial variation in vaccine coverage and the relationships between vaccine coverage and key health outcomes. These models form a central component of the overall geospatial research program at IHME. The individual is expected to agilely create and deploy code to carry out complex statistical methods. The individual will be a key contributor to discussions about methods development, strategic decision-making about how best to deploy methods using the given computational infrastructure, and most importantly how to improve upon the results given the available data.

The individual will also be responsible for contributing to papers, presentations, and other materials to help disseminate results. This position is contingent on project funding availability.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

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