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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 Senior Software Engineer on our Central Computation team. The Central Computation team manages all disease and risk statistical modeling software, computes final Global Burden of Disease (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 team seeks engineers interested in solving complex research problems through design and implementation of scalable software, with an emphasis on robust testing.
The Senior Software Engineer is the lead engineer for Future Health Scenarios (FHS) on Central Computation, working with other senior management and engineers across all sub-teams of Science and Engineering. They will be responsible for navigating the complexity of FHS content and prioritizing engineering projects alongside research priorities to stabilize and streamline FHS modeling software. The person in this role must be comfortable translating requirements to and from non-technical clients. We are looking for an individual to lead the engineering strategy to build a modern, reproducible, data-driven research infrastructure and supporting analytical software tools that can easily be utilized by other staff with less coding experience. This position may additionally work alongside other teams on complementary projects and will require knowledge and skill sharing and collective problem-solving. Overall, the Senior Software Engineer will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic research team. This position is contingent on project funding availability.
Software Development and Architecture
Lead a team of engineers in the creation and implementation of 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.
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.
Supervision & Team Responsibilities
Serve as lead engineer, supervising a team of engineers.
Collaborate in creating short-, medium-, and long-term development plans to achieve strategic objectives.
Work with researchers to find novel solutions to existing analytic questions, researching and incorporating new technologies as required.
Exhibit command of the dimensions and uses of health data in IHME analytic pipelines.
Understand the main operational underpinnings and goals of the Future Health Scenarios project and how those directly relate to key production tools, analytic machinery, data, and diagnostics.
Other duties as assigned.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
Bachelor’s degree in computer science, mathematics, engineering, statistics, or related field plus eight years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated ability to lead an application development project from conception through to implementation.
Significant expertise in developing code in Python, Java, R, and/or other coding language.
Experience deploying software to Linux servers.
Experience with application containerization using tools such as Docker, Kubernetes, and Rancher.
Strong sense of focus and attention to detail.
Ability to plan and organize technical projects.
Experience supervising or leading engineering staff.
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.
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 and interest in actively engaging and creating learning experiences.
Knowledge of at least one lower-level, high-performing computing language (e.g., C++).
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
This position is open to anyone authorized to work in the U.S. The UW is not able to sponsor visas for staff positions.
Evening and weekend work sometimes required to meet publication deadlines and grant deliverables.
The position may be required to be on call to resolve user problems outside of regular business hours. Office is located in Seattle, Washington. This position is eligible to work fully remote in the US; work schedule required to overlap 50% of IHME Office hours between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific Time.
At time of hire, position has funding until end of August 2022, with a possibility of extension.
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