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 Analyst on the Rapid Response and Analytics team. Given the wide variety of research areas in which IHME undertakes innovation, the individual in this position must develop an intellectual agility to traverse many types of data and analyses. The Research Analyst will provide novel diagnostics to issues that occur in any of IHME’s analyses/models. They will plan and implement analytic solutions to both emerging issues and needed improvements in our analytic and computational processes of collecting, cleaning, and analyzing data and producing results. The successful candidate must be quick to learn and to pivot as they work with different researchers across the institute who study a variety of different topics.
Learn cutting-edge multi-disciplinary quantitative methods used to generate indicators in population health metrics and evaluation.
Develop and maintain understanding of the analytic needs and components of major cross-cutting research projects.
Translate internal scientific materials and aims into practical objectives.
Work with researchers and engineers to develop tools for vetting and addressing research needs.
Exhibit a command of multiple types of inputs (e.g., costs, disease prevalence, all-cause mortality) and essential methods (e.g., Gaussian process regression) to formulate analytic solutions.
Contribute to time-sensitive deliverables such as papers, reports, presentations, databases, and data visualizations.
Develop innovative analytic solutions in order to address emerging strategic priorities.
Work with research teams to assess, understand, and integrate new data.
Implement diagnostics to assess iteratively the quality of the results and to see how changes to the proposed analytic problem would reflect upon the results.
Creatively modify and enhance existing analytic engines and tools to carry out brand new functions responsive to the analytic questions to be resolved.
Test experimental approaches to capturing results or creating indicators that can be used to help achieve high-quality results across different estimation exercises.
Develop tools over time that help to address similar types of analytic questions in future, producing greater efficiency and expanding the toolkit.
Manage work while fitting into research timelines.
Actively participate in different research team meetings.
Respond to emergent needs, flexibly adapting project timelines.
Ability to work across different teams with diverse skills, knowledge, and communication styles.
Develop readily understandable diagnostics to monitor the quality and performance of complex analytic engines, databases, and results production as a resource to a variety of research teams.
Learn about data and results verification needs.
Identify possible areas where solutions from one project could be applied to another.
Other duties as assigned.
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 plus three years’ related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated success in implementing complex analytic code in R, Python, or SQL
Demonstrated facility with skillful quantitative problem-solving and interpreting complex analytic information from a range of sources
Ability to participate productively in interdisciplinary research teams
Ability to proactively gather requirements and work independently
Desire to learn new skills
Interest in global health research
Strong sense of focus and attention to detail
Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, and the ability to work and thrive in a fast-paced, highly creative entrepreneurial environment
Strong communication skills necessary to discuss complex databases and computation item with lead faculty
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Expertise in development using Python or R
Mathematics and/or statistics background
Understanding of high performance computing (HPC) systems
Experience in a research environment
Experience interacting with Global Burden of Disease estimation and products
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Weekend and evening work sometimes required.
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 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific Time.
Funding is available through June 2021, with a possibility of extension.
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