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 Software Engineer II to join the Central Computation Team. 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.
A Software Engineer II will be responsible for the conception, development, implementation, and oversight of a suite of these analytical software tools and related projects, supervising technical staff and liasing with research teams to help IHME achieve its mission.
The incumbent must be creative in engaging with engineering problems and implementing solutions. The position requires problem-solving and consulting with users and research team leaders 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 Software Engineer II will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic research team.
Design software solutions to novel research problems.
Ability to develop software, identify specifications, and implement requirements autonomously.
Create and implement software solutions to turn experimental research methods into a production-ready code base.
Lead the redesign and refactor of existing code to improve efficiency, operability, and performance while maintaining high-quality results.
Perform assessments of existing code base, to provide actionable recommendations for improvements.
Optimize code efficiency and parallelize across a massive computing cluster to enable researchers to quickly produce results.
Enforce and assure the quality of IHME software products through continuous integration, automated unit testing, code versioning, and code coverage tools.
Strategic planning and supervision
Supervise and/or mentor other engineers.
Explore new technologies and make recommendations as to their adoption.
Provide input to timelines to deliver both iterative milestones and completed products.
Exhibit command of the analytic components and methodologies of the research, and how they relate to key production tools, machinery, data, and diagnostics.
Exhibit command of the dimensions and uses of health data in IHME analytic pipelines.
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 five years’ related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated expertise in developing code in Python, Java, R, and/or other coding language.
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 identify problems, define requirements and 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.
Python most preferred
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
Experience managing employees
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
This position is open to those authorized to work in the US; visa sponsorship is not available.
Evening and weekend work may be sometimes required to meet publication deadlines and grant deliverables.
The position may be sometimes required to be on-call to resolve user problems outside of regular business hours.
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.
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