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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Senior Research Scientist in Seattle, Washington

The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. We believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve. We provide an exceptional benefits package to employees and their families which include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage with no premiums, generous paid time off, paid family leave, foundation-paid retirement contribution, regional holidays, and opportunities to engage in several employee communities. As a workplace, we’re committed to creating an environment for you to thrive both personally and professionally.

The Team

The goals of The Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) Enteric & Diarrheal Diseases and Environmental Surveillance (EDD+ES) Team are to enable and support informative and efficient environmental surveillance systems lower and middle income settings, and use these data to support optimized disease control and elimination strategies for enteric and diarrheal diseases. The necessary environmental component for both wastewater surveillance and enteric disease transmission unify these initiatives and highlight the transmission mechanism focus of all aspects of this work

Your Role

The Senior Research Scientist will maintain existing and pursue new initiatives in the enterics and diarrheal disease research landscape at IDM, which includes using mechanistic, dynamic modeling to answer questions around inference from surveillance data, scoping impact of novel vaccines, assessing and comparing the impact of currently implemented vaccines, accounting for uncertainty due to environmental changes, and scoping alternative control options.

What You’ll Do

  • Technical lead for dynamic modeling of enteric and diarrheal diseases within the EDD+ES team

  • Conduct exploratory data analyses to identify research questions and knowledge gaps for existing and new disease areas including typhoid fever, cholera and shigella

  • Utilize dynamic modeling approaches to answer questions related to vaccine impact, environmental changes, and knowledge gaps that link into strategic decision-making

  • Develop new disease transmission models or model features as needed, identify and utilize existing models where appropriate

  • Calibrate dynamic models to location-specific data

  • Interface with BMGF counterparts to ensure strategic impact of work

  • Publish work in the scientific community

  • Utilize a surveillance-based lens in modeling efforts to link with environmental surveillance and other rapid diagnostic technologies in development

Your Experience

  • 5+ years' post-degree experience working in quantitative analysis, disease modeling, and model calibration

  • PhD or equivalent experience required in quantitative epidemiology disease modeling, or related field

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in enteric and diarrheal disease epidemiology and surveillance

  • Strong skills in scientific communication through conference presentations and multiple peer-reviewed publications

  • Excellence in at least one data-analysis or scripting language

  • Curiosity around and tolerance for ambiguity

  • Ability to apply structure to simplify complex problems

  • Desire to translate complex work and outcomes to concise policy recommendations

The typical salary range for this role is $140,553 to $261,027 USD. The exact offer will be determined by a variety of factors such as the candidate’s individual skills, qualifications, and experience relative to the requirements of the role.


Hiring Requirements

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Depending upon your work location, we may require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses. All employees based in the United States are to provide proof of full vaccination upon hire and any recommended boosters, subject to applicable laws.

Candidate Accommodations

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Inclusion Statement

We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We strive for a global and cultural workplace that supports ever greater diversity, equity, and inclusion — of voices, ideas, and approaches — and we support this diversity through all our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/) works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman, under the direction of co-chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates and the board of trustees.