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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; Cost Effectiveness and Efficiency; 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 Development Manager II on our Central Computation and Enterprise Data Management teams. The Central Computation team is responsible for developing disease and risk factor modeling software, production of final GBD results for publication, data analysis pipelines, and database tools that interface with up to 1 PB of data across dozens of databases and a network file system. The Central Computation team manages all disease and risk statistical modeling software, computes final GBD results, and supports GBD research teams through a suite of data management and analysis tools. Central Computation’s culture is ambitious, innovative, and collaborative. The Enterprise Data Management team is engaged in building and continuously improving systems to provide IHME with consistent, high-quality data intake, management, processing, and retrieval. We maintain the world’s most comprehensive catalog of health-related data, containing over 100,000 data source records and critical databases and tools that ingest and store hundreds of billions of rows of analytical data. A cross-functional team of developers, engineers, database experts, and data curators, we are implementing NLP and other big data technologies to standardize and streamline IHME’s data pipeline.
The Software Development Manager II sets the direction for software development for research. This role is instrumental in assuring the work maintains the highest quality, upholding the reputation of the Institute as setting the gold standard in quality for health metrics, data, and analytic support for policy. This individual will advise a team of engineers and analysts, and also consult on the engineering priorities for IHME as a whole. This position will have autonomy to make decisions about software development priorities, design, and implementation. They will lead a group of engineers and supervise numerous staff, many of whom are also supervisors.
Supervision •Supervise and train engineers, providing guidance, coaching and support •Ensure the team delivers to the highest standards of the organization •Ensure the team works effectively with other groups at IHME - promote cross-organization teamwork •Advise on short and long term team structure including providing input on recruitments •Identify and foster opportunities to advance individuals’ knowledge and abilities •Assess and map project deliverables to resource needs
Management & Planning •Oversee the ongoing software development, improvement, and maintenance of the team's software portfolio •Identify problems, and direct optimizations and improvements to software to enable efficient updates and stable tools and pipelines •Gather requirements, help prioritize across research and technical decisions, dependencies, integrated testing, and deployment to production •Manage engineering projects such that they meet their timelines •Work collaboratively to develop software engineering best practices, protocols, and processes for the full software development life cycle •Maintain coding standards, code reviews, source control management, deployment pipelines, automated testing, and operations for engineers within the team •Assess and map project deliverables and timelines
Research Learning •Become familiar with substantive areas of expertise at IHME and their comprehensive data needs in order to perform complex multi-disciplinary analyses. •Understand the methods and technologies used in the storage, manipulation and display of information. •Understand the mapping of complex research objectives into practical deliverables for the purpose of tracking accompanying work
General •Perform additional duties as assigned that fall within the reasonable scope of this position
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: •Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or related technical degree and five years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Additional Requirements: •Established expertise in developer tools or software development lifecycle (SDLC) systems (continuous integration, version control, source code repositories, build systems, package management, deployment pipelines, test frameworks, etc.) •Experience supervising and coaching staff, and directing prioritizing and monitoring projects and tasks. Proven track record of building and managing high performing engineering teams •Experience in Python, R, SQL, pandas, numpy, and/or related programming languages and deploying software to Linux servers •Experience with data and metadata standards and relational database development •Thorough understanding of the Software Development Lifecycle (e.g. Requirements, Design, Development, Testing) and implementing code in an Agile environment or iterative SDLCs. •Demonstrated experience in gathering the true requirements underlying feature requests, managing stakeholder expectations, communicating with developers, and prioritizing development work to achieve project and organizational aims •Ability to pay attention to details and maintain a strategic vision while operating in a fast-paced, energetic 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 Docker, Rancher •Statistics and/or public health interest •Automation experience and/or a desire to automate all the things •Experience with distributed systems or HPC
Conditions of Employment:
•Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check. •Weekend and evening work sometimes required.
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