Tuesday, January 26, 2010

IMHE Post Graduate Fellowship

The Post-Graduate Fellowship is an intensive training program that provides
opportunities both for self-directed research and interdisciplinary
collaboration in health metrics. Strong candidates for this program have
graduate-level training in quantitative methodology from one of the
following areas: health policy, economics, mathematics, computer science,
statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, health services, demography,
engineering, physics, medical sciences, or other related fields. The
Post-Graduate Fellowship (PGF) combines academic research, education and
training, and professional work with progressive, on-the-job training and
mentoring from an illustrious group of professors and researchers.

The purpose of the fellowship is to: Enhance skills in conducting in-depth,
methodological research on a variety of global health topics with mentoring
from faculty and researchers who are the leading minds in their fields.
Advance knowledge of quantitative analytical methodologies and their
application to global health. Develop understanding of the current global
health landscape and its challenges. Strengthen the ability to design and
implement research projects and mentor junior researchers. Prepare fellows
for future positions in academia, national health agencies, international
organizations, and foundations.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is a new 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 critical questions in global health and find answers that will
become the foundation for better policies and, ultimately, better health.

IHME fellows work in one or two of six IHME focus areas: Generating
systematic estimates of health outcomes, including mortality, causes of
death, and the overall burden of disease; Measuring the coverage of specific
health interventions and estimating the quality of care; Tracking,
measuring, and analyzing donated funding for health and how it affects
national government health spending; Estimating the costs and effectiveness
of health service delivery platforms and interventions; Conducting impact
evaluations of policies, interventions, and programs and assessing health
system performance; Developing survey instruments and creating analytical
tools to harness the value of data from national and international health
information systems and from locally available sources.

Fellows receive training through on-the-job research, methods workshops,
access to University of Washington courses, and on-site lectures and
seminars. Fellows contribute directly to IHME's research agenda through
their involvement in work groups, development of new methods, and managing
and driving research projects to meet deliverables. Post-Graduate
Fellowships are appointed at IHME for one year, with the possibility of
renewal for a second year upon mutual agreement. The salary is $50,000. As
University of Washington employees, fellows are eligible for an insurance
benefits package that includes a choice among several medical and dental
insurance plans, life insurance, and long-term disability. Please note that
there is no retirement package included with this appointment.

QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered for a Post-Graduate Fellowship, candidates
must have the following: A Ph.D. or MD. A strong quantitative background.
Advanced research experience, especially with data analysis and statistical

TO APPLY: Applications for the IHME Post-Graduate Fellowship are due
February 15 and must include: 1. A cover letter that includes: Your full
contact information (address, phone number, and email). The name,
affiliation, and full contact information of three references. Which of
IHME's areas of work you are most interested in. How you learned about the
program. 2. Your curriculum vitae or resume. 3. A personal statement
describing your interest in IHME and your professional and academic
interests and objectives. Personal statements should be between 750 and
1,000 words.

4. Three sealed letters of recommendation. 5. The educational transcript
from your highest degree attained. If your transcripts are not in English,
please also provide a listing of all coursework with grade and credit hour
information. 6. An English reprint of your most significant publication or
research paper. 7. Proof of proficiency in English for candidates whose
native language is not English. Candidates who have completed a degree
wholly in English can provide a copy of their degree.

All other candidates should send a copy of their scores on an approved
English language test, specifically: * The Princeton Test of English as a
Foreign Language (TOEFL): For the paper-based test, minimum overall score of
600, including a minimum score of 5.0 in the test of written English; for
the computer-based test, minimum overall score of 250, including a minimum
score of 5.0 in the test of written English; for the Internet-based test, a
minimum overall score of 100, including a minimum score of 24 in the test of
written English. * The British Council International English Language
Testing System (IELTS): A minimum score of 7.0 overall, including a minimum
score of 7.0 in the written component.

Applications can be mailed to: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation,
University of Washington, Attention: PGF Program, 2301 Fifth Ave., Suite
600, Seattle, WA 98121, USA, CVs/resumes and personal statements may be
emailed to pgf@healthmetricsandevaluation.org