University of Washington
Office in located in Seattle; position is eligible to work fully remote within the U.S. (excluding U.S. territories)

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
LEAD RESEARCH SCIENTIST Req #:203118Department:INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH METRICS AND EVALUATIONJob Location: Other Location Job Location Detail:Office in located in Seattle; position is eligible to work fully remote within the U.S. (excluding U.S. territories) Posting Date:02/15/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary:Salary is commensurate with experience and education Shift:First Shift Notes:As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to deliver to the world timely, relevant, and scientifically valid evidence to improve health policy and practice. IHME carries out its mission through a range of projects within different research areas including the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors; Future Health Scenarios; Cost Effectiveness and Efficiency; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. Our vision is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base so all people live long lives in full health.

IHME is committed to providing the evidence base necessary to help solve the world’s most important health problems. This requires creativity and innovation, which are cultivated by an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment that respects and appreciates differences, embraces collaboration, and invites the voices of all IHME team members.

IHME has an excellent opportunity for a Lead Research Scientist in Neonatal and Child Health. As a Lead Research Scientist, you will co-lead a growing dynamic research team focused on multiple topics related to maternal, perinatal, and child health including birth defects, prematurity and fetal growth restriction, neonatal encephalopathy, sepsis, cerebral palsy, hemolytic disease, anemia and blood disorders, child growth failure, maternal care coverage, and oral disorders. Your role in this defined research area will utilize your established scientific, project management, and supervisory skills. You will develop and lead execution of research strategy; establish deadlines, deliverables, and resources; and provide methodological advice, interpretation, statistical analysis, and visualization of research area to meet IHME’s objectives.

We are looking for someone who has experience with analysis of big data, the ability to develop methods and tools, keeping up to date with the latest scientific findings and engineering/technical advances, and a maturing peer-reviewed publication record. You thrive in a collaborative work environment and are capable of working on multiple projects concurrently while meeting deadlines. You keep current of recent scientific advances and are able to translate these into your research. Overall, you will be joining and agile and collaborative team environment. This position is contingent on project funding availability.


•Lead a research project and/or research team in defining, executing, and managing analytic plans; developing execution of research strategy; establishing deadlines, deliverables, and resources; and providing methodological advice, interpretation, statistical analysis, and visualization of research area to meet IHME’s objectives. Lead external collaboration efforts, innovative technological advances, and/or oversee areas of the research for a defined research area.
•Highly developed command of one or more of the research areas at IHME (GBD preferred), including the methodology and its components.
•Carry out quantitative analyses and participate in reciprocal research projects. Interpret and vet results from junior staff, formulate conclusions.
•Drive new methods to analyze structured and unstructured data; introduce novel diagnostics and presentation paradigms to communicate results.
•Model causes of death, non¬fatal health outcomes, and risk factor exposures using data from a multitude of sources and applying complex algorithms and statistical applications.
•Critique results. Understand groundbreaking techniques and creatively apply them in experimental ways to explore efficiencies and potential improvements to results.
•Develop, test, and refine new statistical methods and build tools so that others can apply them. Uses a variety of coding languages to do so (e.g., R, Python, Java, C, C++)
•May supervise staff, to include hiring and training; leading workflow; priority setting; reviewing work and establishing quality standards; conducting regular performance assessments, providing mentorship and professional development for employees.
•Publish peer-reviewed manuscripts and publications as first author and present results to scientific, policy, and donor audiences
•Contribute to writing grant applications.
•Communicate methods and results to different audiences, helping them to learn and apply new skills.
•Assess skill gaps and identify training needs for team. Develop internal trainings to support professional development and succession planning for junior staff.
•Other duties as assigned that fall within reasonable scope of research team.



•MD or PhD in public health, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, math, economics, quantitative social sciences, or related field plus six years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


•Growing external peer network where sought out as a resource for having strong command with a given disease, risk, key indicator, relevant methodological area, and the related data sources and scientific underpinnings.
•Experience supervising individuals on scientific research processes, analysis, and professional development.
•Demonstrated project management experience including demonstrated ability to think independently, be flexible, and juggle multiple priorities required.
•Excellent analytic, critical thinking, and quantitative skills.
•Demonstrated ability to quickly recognize problems in results and identify root causes in data, methods, and code.
•Ease in designing, executing, and troubleshooting code in one or more languages (e.g., R, Python, Stata, SAS, SQL).
•Excellent written and oral communication skills required, including track record publishing peer-reviewed publications as first author and co-author. Intermediate level of quality, quantity, and degree of innovation of scholarly publications in multiple peer-reviewed journals.
•Ability to thrive and guide others in a dynamic, team-oriented research environment with a focus on producing innovative, policy-relevant results.
•A commitment to working to alongside others at IHME to illuminate the health impacts of systemic racism and to work within IHME to make our organization more diverse and inclusive. See IHME’s DEI statement here: http://www.healthdata.org/get-involved/careers/dei


•Experience with machine learning, data mining, and analytic techniques
Conditions of Employment:
•Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
•Weekend and evening work sometimes required.
•This position is open to anyone authorized to work in the US. The UW is not able to sponsor visas for staff positions.
•Office is located in Seattle, Washington. This position is eligible to work fully remote in the US.
•The University of Washington requires students and personnel to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Under state regulations, individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks while in all UW buildings and facilities. To learn more about the requirements, please review the following: https://www.washington.edu/coronavirus/vaccination-requirement/

Application Process:

In order to be considered for this position, please submit two letters of reference and a research statement to [email protected] within two weeks of completing this application.

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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