Sr. Health Economist | Karius

Sr. Health Economist

About Karius
Karius is a venture-backed life science startup that is transforming the way pathogens and other microbes are observed throughout the body.  By unlocking the information present in microbial cell-free DNA, we're helping doctors quickly solve their most challenging cases, providing industry partners with access to 1000’s of biomarkers to accelerate clinical trials, discovering new microbes, and reducing patient suffering worldwide.

Position Summary
We are looking for an experienced Health Economist who is passionate about rigorous observational (retrospective and prospective) causal statistics and interventional studies to further our knowledge of the interaction between human health and microbial cell free DNA.

As a Sr. Health Economist you will be responsible for quality and timely delivery of projects you are leading, regarding strategy, methods, and stakeholder management. You will collaborate with Clinical Data Science, Clinical Development, Scientific Discovery, Commercial Affairs, and Analytics to develop and carry out rigorous evaluations of Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) hypotheses using molecular, claims, and electronic health record data. As the Sr. Health Economist you will also identify opportunities for research projects that increase knowledge about the impact of microbial cell free DNA testing on human health.

Why Should You Join Us?
Karius aims to conquer infectious diseases through innovations around genomic sequencing and machine learning. The company’s platform is already delivering unprecedented insights into the microbial landscape, providing clinicians with a comprehensive test capable of identifying more than a thousand pathogens directly from blood, and helping industry accelerate the development of therapeutic solutions. The Karius test we provide today is one of the most advanced solutions available to physicians who aim to deliver better care to many otherwise ineffectively treated patients. Our test is the result of some incredible work done by our scientists, statisticians, engineers, and physicians, all driven by the same mission. You, as part of the Karius team, will be able to see how directly your work has a life-changing impact on people, and at scale. 

Reports to: Director, Clinical Data Science 

Location: Redwood City, CA  

Primary Responsibilities
•  Responsible for the execution of observational causal studies focused on the economic and clinical impact of diagnostic testing, including initiating projects, overseeing execution, performing quality review, and leading cross-team communications.
•  Contributes to the design and simulation of research studies intended to address health economic outcomes research using a range of statistical technical approaches.
•  Collaborates on study protocols, statistical analysis or other project implementation plans in collaboration with scientific discovery, commercial, and product teams to address research questions and objectives.
•  Identifies and advises on appropriate data and statistical/econometric methods.
•  Carries out quality assurance and quality control procedures.
•  Produces technical reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts, and presentations. 

What’s Fun About the Job?
Karius is operating at the edge of what is now known to be possible in infectious disease diagnostics. With that, comes a wave of new and incredible challenges and opportunities. To deliver on that value, you will be tapping into some of the most advanced technologies, architecting and innovating where the current solutions simply don't suffice. You will get to see how much your work really matters. 

Travel: No travel required. 

Physical Requirements
Subject to extended periods of sitting and/or standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. Work is generally performed in an office, lab or clinical environment. 

Position Requirements
•  Master’s degree in a discipline related to health services research; economics, public policy, health policy, epidemiology, biostatistics, statistics, or public health, with a minimum 2 years of relevant research experience.
•  Knowledge of the US healthcare system and diagnostics medical affairs.
•  Technical ownership within a consulting organization, academia, or industry.
•  Deep understanding of the application of health economic methods (e.g modeling, observational research, statistical programming), preferred.
•  Experience leading health economics and outcomes research projects to completion, preferred.

Personal Qualifications
•  Passionate, purpose-driven, and excited about Karius’ mission.
•  Mastered your craft, eager to learn and grow and desire to share knowledge.
•  Detail oriented with exceptional organizational and time management skills.
•  Ability to work independently but also be an excellent team player.
•  Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a fast paced (startup) environment.
•  Superior communication and analytical skills, including strong ability to identify and solve ambiguous and complex problems. 

At Karius, we value a diverse and inclusive workplace and provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees and are committed to honor and invest in the full diversity of people, in our hiring, recruiting and development of employees across the Company.  All qualified applicants for employment are encouraged to apply and will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity and gender expression (including transgender individuals who are transitioning, have transitioned, or are perceived to be transitioning to the gender with which they identify), religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. If you are unable to submit your application due to a disability, please contact us at and we will accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  

Redwood City, CA