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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 full-time Research Engineer 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. 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.
Software Development & Support
Create and implement software solutions to turn experimental research methods into high-performance, production-ready code.
Redesign and refactor existing code to improve efficiency, operability, and performance while maintaining high-quality and reproducible results.
Optimize code efficiency and parallelize across a massive computing cluster to enable researchers to quickly produce results.
Actively participate in code review with fellow staff.
Work with researchers, supervisors, and colleagues to develop plans for software to better support research needs.
Determine appropriate tools to use, including languages, frameworks, data structures, etc.
Help to develop and follow a system of APIs to enable greater efficiency.
Assess databases that house the relevant data and determine how best to use them.
Provide input to timelines to deliver both iterative milestones and completed products.
Continually seek new knowledge and collaborate with researchers and faculty to gain a better understanding of analytical components and research methodology.
Become familiar with the different components of the analytic process and their purpose.
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 at varying levels to help them with relevant tasks, teach them new skills, and help resolve emerging problems on different projects.
Attend relevant meetings, adhere to deadlines, and participate as a vital member to collectively advance team-level objectives.
Participate in the overall community of the Institute, carrying out duties as required as team members with other Institute members.
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 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
Automation experience and/or a desire to automate all the things.
An interest in open source software development.
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.
This position is eligible to work fully remote in the US; work schedule required to overlap 50% of IHME office hours between 8am and 6pm Pacific Time.
Evening and weekend work may be required to meet grant deliverables, CSU contract deliverables, and publication deadlines.
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