Researcher or Postdoctoral Fellow, (MBG) Neglected Tropical Diseases
- Job posted by The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
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IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Researcher and/or a Postdoctoral Fellow who will focus on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) on the Geospatial Analysis team. The purpose of this position is to 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, with a focus on lymphatic filariasis, human African trypanosomiasis, and onchocerciasis.
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. 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, model-based geostatistics are used to model the spatial variation in prevalence of key diseases and model geographical variation in NTD prevalence and burden. The individual is expected to agilely 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 important, how to improve upon the results given the available data.
The incumbent will work with data from vital registration, surveys, administrative sources, and scientific literature, and will need to become familiar with global and national patterns in the epidemiology. The individual will assess all available data and use established modeling tools to produce results. He/she will write papers and contribute to methodological advancements over time. The individual will also be responsible for contributing to papers, presentations, and other materials to help disseminate results.
The individual will work with senior research leads and faculty 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. The individual will be expected to interact successfully with a wide range of stakeholders and to describe complex concepts and materials concisely. Overall, the incumbent will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic research team. This position is contingent on project funding availability.
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