Health Economist - IDM
Intellectual Ventures Management - Bellevue, WA
Intellectual Ventures ("IV") is a privately-held, invention investment company based in Bellevue, Washington. Intellectual Ventures is the leader in the business of invention. Driven by the belief that invention sparks progress, Intellectual Ventures is committed to creating and sustaining a market for invention and being the leading invention partner for the world's most innovative companies and individuals. The company creates new inventions, invests in existing inventions and partners with individuals, universities and research labs worldwide to develop inventions. Intellectual Ventures provides companies access to these inventions through a variety of licensing and partnering programs.

The Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) at Intellectual Ventures develops detailed, geographically-specific, and mechanistic stochastic models of disease transmission simulations through the use of extensive and complex software modeling. IDM enables broad accessibility of modeling and quantitative analysis tools to achieve acceptance and utilization of data-driven computer models as decision making tools in the eradication and control of infectious diseases. IDM partners with selected universities, NGOs, government ministries, and other research and public health institutions focused on researching new ways to understand and combat diseases both locally and globally.

The health economist will work within the Institute for Disease Modeling, a team of researchers and software developers at Intellectual Ventures Laboratory, located in Seattle. The Institute is tasked with studying and modeling global disease eradication, focusing principally on malaria, polio, HIV, and tuberculosis. Our group constructs advanced models of disease transmission, develops computational tools to inform global disease eradication policy, conducts innovative analyses of policy-relevant data (programmatic data, financial data, clinical trial data, and cluster survey data), and identifies epidemiologically critical knowledge gaps. As part of our work, we routinely collaborate with groups at the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PATH, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ministries of health in Africa and Asia, as well as multiple universities and research institutes.

As part of this group, the health economist will work to answer policy-relevant questions by conducting cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses of ongoing disease control and eradication programs, of proposed novel programs, e.g., vaccine introduction, treatment guideline expansion, as well as clinical trials and other data gathering efforts. This work will involve building cost models and financial projections, as well as gathering cost and program expenditure data from published literature and in collaboration with ongoing public health programs. The health economist will also participate in analysis of analyze historical morbidity and mortality data, as well as exercise our internal suite of disease models to build projections and estimates of disease burden. In support of these functions, this position will be partly responsible for the curation and management of large cost and disease burden data sets.
As the health economist gathers experience, he or she is expected to gain country-specific and disease-specific expertise. This may include travel to Africa and Asia as part of collaborative research projects. Joining our group provides unique opportunities to interact with global health policy makers, to collaborate with world-class research laboratories and non-profit organizations, and to contribute to global and national disease eradication strategies.

  • Design, lead, or participate in diverse research projects
  • Conduct literature reviews with emphasis on extracting data pertinent to economic evaluation
  • Gather and manage data related to global health program costs and disease burden
  • Conduct economic analyses to inform decision making, including practical aspects of costing
  • Draft project deliverables (reports, dossiers, protocols, spreadsheets, manuscripts, etc.)
  • Travel may be necessary

Key Qualifications and Required Skills:
  • Doctoral degree, in econometrics or similar quantitative field of study
  • Strong quantitative skills with solid understanding of statistics
  • Essential to have knowledge of cost-effectiveness, budget impact analyses, epidemiology, and mathematical modeling
  • Knowledge of public health issues in developing world settings is a plus
  • Experience in managing and organizing large data sets is a plus
  • Ability to read & write code in a language like Matlab or R
  • Must have understanding and interest in global health economics
  • Must be able to maintain a network across academia and global health professionals
  • Must be a clear and effective communicator and able to present information to small audiences
  • Must be self-motivated and results-minded
We are an equal opportunity employer

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