Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to deliver to the world timely, relevant, and scientifically valid evidence to improve health policy and practice. IHME carries out its mission through a range of projects within different research areas including: the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors; Future Health Scenarios; Costs and Cost Effectiveness; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. Our vision is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base so all people live long lives in full health.
IHME is committed to providing the evidence base necessary to help solve the world’s most important health problems. This requires creativity and innovation, which is cultivated by an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment that respects and appreciates differences, embraces collaboration, and invites the voices of all IHME team members.
IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Engineer to join one of the following teams: Small Area Estimation and Central Computation. We are looking for a motivated individual to join a team of engineers in building a modern, reproducible, data-driven research infrastructure and supporting analytical software tools that can easily be utilized by other staff with less coding experience.
The ideal incumbent will be comfortable developing, implementing, and supporting analytical software tools that can easily be utilized by other staff with less coding experience. The position requires problem-solving and consulting with users to resolve tool-specific bugs, diagnose code problems, and devise solutions for new requirements. A Research Engineer’s role emphasis is on executing analytic machinery and diagnosing data or code problems. The person in this role must develop dexterity working primarily with Python as well as other coding languages.
The incumbent must be creative in engaging with engineering problems and implementing solutions. The position requires problem-solving to devise methods and processes to resolve issues and design and build scalable and flexible solutions. This position may additionally work alongside other teams on complementary projects and will require knowledge and skill sharing and collective problem-solving. Overall, the Research Engineer will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic research team.
Tool Development & Support
Execute analytic machinery in a coordinated manner in order to achieve key deliverables on deadline.
Develop integrated tools and diagnostics into complex computational processes to enable non-expert users to execute analytic processes and assess results.
Contribute to the refactoring of existing code to improve efficiency, operability, and performance while maintaining high-quality results.
Follow software development best practices (e.g. source control, documentation, writing tests, etc). Test, implement, and support analytic methods as appropriate.
Develop and use protocols to identify problems with datasets and routine computational processes, rectify issues, and systematize data for future analyses.
Provide timely and comprehensive user support via help desk ticket investigation and bug resolution.
Actively participate in code review with fellow staff.
Exhibit command of the dimensions and uses of health data in IHME analytic pipelines.
Demonstrate an understanding of the analytic components of the research program and how they operate.
Distinguish between research requirements and implementation requirements
Continually seek new knowledge and collaborate with researchers and faculty to gain a better understanding of analytical components and research methodology.
Communicate clearly and effectively while contributing as a productive member of the team and the Institute as a whole.
Work closely with other team members to help them with relevant tasks, show them how to learn new skills, and help resolve problems across projects.
Participate in internal trainings.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, mathematics, engineering, statistics, or related field plus two years’ related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated expertise in developing code in Python, Java, R, and/or other coding language. [Python most preferred including pandas, NumPy, and xarray] (most preferred could vary by team).
Experience deploying software to Linux servers.
Strong sense of focus and attention to detail.
Ability to plan and organize technical projects.
Works well with others to solve problems, define priorities, and achieve common goals.
Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, strong communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, entrepreneurial environment.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Experience with application containerization using tools such as Docker, Kubernetes, and Rancher.
Good applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing and regression.
Statistics and/or public health interest
Experience with relational databases e.g., MySQL, PostgreSQL
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Weekend and/or evening work may be required.
Position is contingent on project funding availability.
Office is located in Seattle, Washington. This position is eligible to work fully remote; work schedule required to overlap 50% of IHME Office hours between 8am - 6pm Pacific Time.
This position is open to those authorized to work in the US; visa sponsorship is not available.
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