Careers

EXPLORE IDM’S OPEN EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

We’re always seeking extraordinary and creative individuals to tackle the challenging research problems in global health. The Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) is a highly dynamic organization with a work environment that is defined by innovation and collaboration. Our research and software teams are made up of a diverse and talented group of individuals attacking the complex problems found within global health to improve the world we live in. IDM is committed to improving and saving lives in developing countries through the use of quantitative analysis.

CURRENT OPENINGS

WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

As part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Institute for Disease Modeling’s (IDM) mission is to support global efforts to eradicate infectious diseases and achieve permanent improvements in health by developing, using, and sharing computational modeling tools and promoting quantitative decision-making. The IDM team is composed of research scientists and software developers who create advanced models of disease transmission, develop computational tools to inform global disease eradication policy, conduct analysis of epidemiologically- and policy-relevant data, and identify and address critical knowledge gaps. IDM is a highly dynamic organization with a work environment that is defined by innovation and collaboration. As part of our work, we routinely collaborate with groups at the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the Centers for Disease Control, PATH, ministries of health in the developing world, as well as universities and research institutes across the globe.

We seek an exceptional Research Scientist to join IDM’s HIV/TB team. You are passionate about applying rigorous quantitative research methods and mathematical modeling to impactful research questions in HIV epidemiology. Key to this position is a thorough investigation of the social, behavioral, biological, and network-level factors that drive HIV transmission in high-burden settings. Specific areas of research may include: uncertainty analyses of key model-based HIV transmission parameters; quantifying the effects of antiretroviral drug resistance on persistent HIV transmission; and evaluation and prioritization of epidemiological data needed to guide decision-making related to HIV treatment and prevention. In addition to studies of HIV, there may be opportunities to apply the candidate’s specific expertise to studies of other infectious diseases, including TB and sexually transmitted infections.

Joining our group provides unique opportunities to interact with global-health policymakers, to collaborate with world-class researchers and non-profit organizations, and to contribute to more effective burden reduction and disease eradication strategies.

RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Design, lead, and participate in various HIV modeling-related research projects. Share code via public-facing repositories to foster model adoption.
    • Gather and analyze datasets related to HIV epidemiology, spatial/geo-statistics, phylogenetics, within-host viral dynamics, or care cascade metrics.
    • Work closely with the modelers and statisticians on the team to build models, calibrate models to data, conduct sensitivity analyses, explore tradeoffs among possible interventions, and optimize global health strategies.
    • Communicate research through publications, conference and stakeholder presentations, and collaborations with external partners.
    • Clearly communicate sophisticated methods to diverse audiences.
    • Travel may be necessary
REQUIREMENTS
    • PhD in a quantitative field (e.g. Epidemiology, Bioinformatics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics/Biostatistics, Physics, Computational Biology).
    • Proficiency in at least one scripting language (R or Python a plus)
    • A track record of published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. List of articles to be submitted with application.
    • Experience communicating diverse and technical work to stakeholders
    • Demonstrated ability to work productively independently and as part of a team
    • Attention to detail and high standard for quality of work product
    • Knowledge of issues of public health in developing world settings
    • Ability to initiate, organize, and manage research projects and clearly communicate analysis results to diverse audiences
    • Must be highly inquisitive, self-motivated and results-oriented

     

    As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

     

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

     

    All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 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

    * Prior Protected Activity

Reference: B015378

Principal Research Scientist, Family Planning
Full-Time Seattle, WA

As part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Institute for Disease Modeling’s (IDM) mission is to support global efforts to eradicate infectious diseases and achieve permanent improvements in health by developing, using, and sharing computational modeling tools and promoting quantitative decision-making. The IDM team is composed of research scientists and software developers who create advanced models of disease transmission, develop computational tools to inform global disease eradication policy, conduct analysis of epidemiologically- and policy-relevant data, and identify and address critical knowledge gaps. IDM is a highly dynamic organization with a work environment that is defined by innovation and collaboration. As part of our work, we routinely collaborate with groups at the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the Centers for Disease Control, PATH, ministries of health in the developing world, as well as universities and research institutes across the globe.

We seek an exceptional Principal Research Scientist to join IDM’s Family Planning research team. You are passionate about applying rigorous quantitative research and mathematical modeling to impactful research questions. The scientist will join a nascent family planning research team within IDM, working also with the maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) and nutrition teams. The candidate will conduct statistical data analysis and/or mathematical modeling focused on high-priority programmatic and policy level decisions supporting global family planning goals. You will be expected to propose and develop research projects that make an impact toward these aims. We are looking for a candidate with significant experience in the family planning community, a record of high impact research projects, and an established research network.

Joining our group provides unique opportunities to interact with global-health policymakers, to collaborate with world-class researchers and non-profit organizations, and to contribute to more effective burden reduction and primary health strengthening strategies.

RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Design, lead, and participate in family planning modeling and data analysis projects
    • Work closely with the modelers and statisticians on the team to build models, conduct sensitivity analyses, explore tradeoffs among possible interventions, and optimize global health strategies.
    • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders to understand the current policy and program questions
    • Communicate research through publications, conference and stakeholder presentations, and collaborations with external partners.
    • Clearly communicate sophisticated methods to diverse audiences.
    • Travel may be necessary
REQUIREMENTS
    • Ph.D., M.D., and/or MPH with 10 years of family planning research experience
    • Knowledge of public health issues in developing world setting is a plus
    • Deep and diverse knowledge of theoretical and computational methods in statistics, computer science, dynamical systems, economics, genomics, mathematics, and modeling.
    • A track record of published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. List of articles to be submitted with application.
    • Serves as a journal article reviewer and/or editor in family planning and related fields
    • Experience communicating diverse and technical work to stakeholders
    • Demonstrated ability to work productively independently and as part of a team
    • Proficiency in at least one scripting language (Python or R as a plus).
    • Attention to detail and high standard for quality of work product.
    • Experience working on collaborative projects, with software components.
    • Ability to initiate, organize, and manage research projects and clearly communicate analysis results to diverse audiences
    • Must be highly inquisitive, self-motivated and results-oriented.

     

    As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

     

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

     

    All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 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

    * Prior Protected Activity

Reference: B015373

Senior Research Scientist, Family Planning
Full-Time Seattle, WA

As part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Institute for Disease Modeling’s (IDM) mission is to support global efforts to eradicate infectious diseases and achieve permanent improvements in health by developing, using, and sharing computational modeling tools and promoting quantitative decision-making. The IDM team is composed of research scientists and software developers who create advanced models of disease transmission, develop computational tools to inform global disease eradication policy, conduct analysis of epidemiologically- and policy-relevant data, and identify and address critical knowledge gaps. IDM is a highly dynamic organization with a work environment that is defined by innovation and collaboration. As part of our work, we routinely collaborate with groups at the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the Centers for Disease Control, PATH, ministries of health in the developing world, as well as universities and research institutes across the globe.

We seek an exceptional Senior Research Scientist to join IDM’s Family Planning (FP) research team. You are passionate about applying rigorous quantitative research and mathematical modeling to impactful research questions. The Senior Research Scientist will join a nascent family planning research team within IDM working also with the maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) and nutrition teams. The candidate is expected develop dynamic mathematical models in Python aimed at simulating social and demographic systems with a focus on family planning. The candidate will be responsible for designing model features and mechanisms that are focused around exploring the complex trade-offs that occur with programmatic and policy decisions. The Senior Research Scientist has considerable experience in either FP, MNCH, Demography, and/or Nutrition.

Joining our group provides unique opportunities to interact with global-health policymakers, to collaborate with world-class researchers and non-profit organizations, and to contribute to more effective burden reduction and primary health strengthening strategies.

RESPONSIBILITIES
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    • Initiate, advance, and collaborate with others on family planning modeling and data analysis projects
    • Work closely with the modelers and statisticians on the team to build models, conduct sensitivity analyses, explore tradeoffs among possible interventions, and optimize global health strategies.
    • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders to understand the current policy and program questions
    • Communicate research through publications, conference and stakeholder presentations, and collaborations with external partners.
    • Clearly communicate sophisticated methods to diverse audiences.
    • Travel may be necessary
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REQUIREMENTS
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    • Ph.D. from a quantitative field (e.g. Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Computational Biology).
    • Five years of research experience, post PHD
    • Knowledge of public health issues in developing world setting is a plus
    • Deep and diverse knowledge of theoretical and computational methods in statistics, computer science, dynamical systems, economics, genomics, mathematics, and modeling.
    • A track record of published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. List of articles to be submitted with application.
    • Experience communicating diverse and technical work to stakeholders
    • Demonstrated ability to work productively independently and as part of a team
    • Proficiency in at least one scripting language (Python is necessary with R as a plus).
    • Ability to develop and simulate statistical and/or dynamic models.
    • Attention to detail and high standard for quality of work product.
    • Experience working on collaborative projects, with significant software components.
    • Ability to initiate, organize, and manage research projects and clearly communicate analysis results to diverse audiences
    • Must be highly inquisitive, self-motivated and results-oriented.

     

    As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

     

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

    All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 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

    * Prior Protected Activity

    •  

Reference: B015376

Senior Scientist, Computational Research
Full-Time Seattle, WA

As part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Institute for Disease Modeling’s (IDM) mission is to support global efforts to eradicate infectious diseases and achieve permanent improvements in health by developing, using, and sharing computational modeling tools and promoting quantitative decision-making. The IDM team is composed of research scientists and software developers who create advanced models of disease transmission, develop computational tools to inform global disease eradication policy, conduct analysis of epidemiologically- and policy-relevant data, and identify and address critical knowledge gaps. IDM is a highly dynamic organization with a work environment that is defined by innovation and collaboration. As part of our work, we routinely collaborate with groups at the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the Centers for Disease Control, PATH, ministries of health in the developing world, as well as universities and research institutes across the globe.

We seek an exceptional Senior Research Scientist to join IDM’s Computational Science Research (CSR) team to design the next generation of dynamic models and analytical pipelines. You will be instrumental in developing new computational models that will be faster and more incisive than current tools while gaining flexibility through modularity and abstraction. Simultaneously, the scientist will have opportunities to support application of these tools through the research and implementation of novel workflows that facilitate tasks such as Bayesian posterior sampling for model calibration, cost-benefit optimization, information value quantification, complex scenario analysis, and related utilities toward ease-of-use, reproducibility, and rapid iteration/experimentation. This effort will translate key lessons IDM has learned from the COVID-19 pandemic response to disease eradication and large-DALY mitigation questions in Polio, Malaria, TB/HIV, Family Planning/Maternal New born Child Health ( MNCH) /Nutrition, vaccine-preventable diseases, healthcare delivery, and more. You are encouraged to publish; and resulting models and tools will be shared broadly as open source software.

Joining our group provides unique opportunities to interact with global-health policymakers, to collaborate with world-class researchers and non-profit organizations, and to contribute to more effective burden reduction and disease eradication strategies.

RESPONSIBILITIES
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    • Work across IDM’s research teams to understand challenges, barriers, and limitations of current models and analytical pipelines with respect to key questions and stakeholder requests.
    • Design, implement, test, and deploy next-generation models in partnership with IDM’s software development and test teams.
    • Quickly prototype solutions to challenging problems through scripting and web-based platforms.
    • Cross-pollinate solutions from computer science, dynamical systems, economics, physics, biosystems, and engineering to problems in health and development.
    • Conduct application-driven technical research in applied mathematics.
    • Lead in the creation of internal and global public goods such as open source software and academic publications.
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REQUIREMENTS
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    • PhD in a quantitative field (e.g. Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Computational Biology).
    • 5-plus years of experience in building computational models or analytical tools desired.
    • Knowledge of public health issues in developing world settings is a plus.
    • Deep and diverse knowledge of theoretical and computational methods in statistics, computer science, dynamical systems, economics, genomics, mathematics, and modeling.
    • A track record of published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. List of articles to be submitted with application.
    • Proficiency in at least one data-analysis or scripting language (python preferred).
    • Experience communicating diverse and technical work to stakeholders
    • Demonstrated ability to work productively as part of a team.
    • Attention to detail and high standard for quality of work product.
    • Experience working on collaborative software projects.
    • Ability to initiate, organize, and manage research projects and clearly communicate analysis results to diverse audiences
    • Must be highly inquisitive, self-motivated, and results-oriented.

    As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

     

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

     

    All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 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

    * Prior Protected Activity

    •  

Reference: B015382

As part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Institute for Disease Modeling’s (IDM) mission is to support global efforts to eradicate infectious diseases and achieve permanent improvements in health by developing, using, and sharing computational modeling tools and promoting quantitative decision-making. The IDM team is composed of research scientists and software developers who create advanced models of disease transmission, develop computational tools to inform global disease eradication policy, conduct analysis of epidemiologically- and policy-relevant data, and identify and address critical knowledge gaps. IDM is a highly dynamic organization with a work environment that is defined by innovation and collaboration. As part of our work, we routinely collaborate with groups at the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the Centers for Disease Control, PATH, ministries of health in the developing world, as well as universities and research institutes across the globe.

The Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) is a highly dynamic organization with a work environment that is defined by innovation and collaboration. Our research and software teams are made up of a diverse and hardworking group of individuals digging into the complex problems found within global health to improve the world we live in. As part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IDM is committed to improving and saving lives in developing countries through the use of quantitative analysis.

IDM is looking for a versatile Senior Technical Writer to produce high-quality documentation that supports our research endeavors. You will be responsible for producing documentation for IDM's disease modeling software, documenting components and features in an agile release process for modelers and non-modelers alike, including scientists and public health professionals. You will contribute new insights on how best to explore learning the epidemiology models and new formats that would best reach our target audience.

The ideal candidate is self-motivated to tackle ambiguous projects. The position requires an individual who is willing to jump in and learn the full aspects of the disease modeling software, including running disease simulations. We’re looking for a candidate who enjoys working on small integrated teams, can build strong working relationships with the software and research groups, enjoys technical challenges, and is adaptable to rapid change and fast-paced deadlines.

RESPONSIBILITIES
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    • Collaborate with the rest of the content team to produce disease modeling documentation for modelers, scientists, and public health professionals.
    • Make complex ideas, concepts, and tasks understandable to our diverse audiences.
    • Develop training resources for new hires and research collaborators.
    • Write, edit, and organize technical documentation including installation guides, release notes, API reference, conceptual overviews, and more.
    • Ensure cross-team coordination by working with research, development, QA, and support staff to identify top priorities.
    • Be a strong advocate for the best user experience in the software and documentation.
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REQUIREMENTS
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    • Degree in science or technology-related field.
    • 5+ years of experience writing software documentation.
    • Must be an excellent written and verbal communicator.
    • Experience organizing, writing, and editing software documentation (developer documentation is highly desirable).
    • Experience with Python required (ability to read and write code samples).
    • Experience with git for version control.
    • Experience with single-sourced topic-based authoring required. Experience with Sphinx highly desirable.
    • Obsessive about technical accuracy.
    • Passion to thrive in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.
    • A proactive and open-minded attitude to resolve problems and deliver results.
    • Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and project management abilities.
    • Strong attention to detail.
    • Willingness to help create, maintain, and adhere to style guides and standard processes.
    • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or Creative Cloud highly desirable.

     

    As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

    All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 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

    * Prior Protected Activity

    •  

Reference: B015395

The IDM Mission

As part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Institute for Disease Modeling’s (IDM) mission is to guide global efforts towards the eradication and control of infectious disease through the use and promotion of quantitative analysis. The IDM team is composed of research scientists and software professionals who create advanced models of disease transmission, develop computational tools to inform global disease eradication policy, conduct analysis of epidemiologically- and policy-relevant data, and identify critical knowledge gaps.

IDM is a highly dynamic organization with a work environment that is defined by innovation and collaboration. As part of our work, we routinely collaborate with groups at the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, PATH, ministries of health in the developing world, as well as universities and research institutes.

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. If you are interested in learning more about collaborating with us, please contact RECRUITING@IDMOD.ORG.