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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington focused on expanding the quantitative evidence base for health. IHME aims to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative data to make decisions that achieve better health. IHME’s research spans multiple disciplines and policy-relevant areas including resource tracking, cost-effectiveness, forecasting, burden of disease, geospatial analysis, and impact evaluations. It has established international scientific credibility for developing innovative multidisciplinary methods and producing cutting-edge results to tackle some of the most difficult and most critical questions in global health and find answers that will become the foundation for better policies and, ultimately, better health.
IHME has an outstanding full-time, temporary opportunity for a Software Engineer, DisMod AT to join IHME’s Technology Team. The aim within this research area is to create new tools for epidemiologists and public health researchers to use in generating estimates of disease incidence and prevalence for the Global Burden of Disease. The position is an engineering position, in support of disease modeling software research activities, building a modern, reproducible, data-driven research infrastructure. It will span a wide range of technologies including cutting-edge C++ Bayesian modeling software, Python frameworks for manipulating data and running models, and building hooks for simplified user interfaces to build on top of.
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 will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic research team. This position is contingent on project funding availability.
- Work with the software architect and other software engineers and researchers to build a distributed system that allows for efficient large-scale simulation of global health systems.
- Design with flexibility in mind such that more complex models (simulating in increasingly greater detail) can be built by users over time.
- Optimize code efficiency and parallelize across our massive (20,000+ CPU cores) computing cluster to enable researchers to quickly produce results.
- Create a user-friendly interface for researchers to build, run, evaluate, and visualize the results of their own simulations.
- Follow software development best practices to document, test, and perform source control.
- Work with researchers, supervisor, and Director of Data Science to develop plans for turning research needs into user-friendly software.
- Assess analytic tools, indicators, and desired results against available infrastructure and devise plans to improve the performance of components.
- Contribute to software specification process and present to users for feedback.
- 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.
- Communicate clearly and effectively while contributing as a productive member of the technology 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.
- Bachelor’s degree in computer science, mathematics, engineering, or related field plus two years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Demonstrated expertise in developing code in Python, C++, Java, R, SQL, or other coding language.
- Experience and interest in scientific software packages such as Eigen, scipy, pandas, and numpy.
- Experience deploying software to Linux servers and Docker containers.
- Strong sense of focus and attention to detail.
- Ability to plan and organize technical projects.
- Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, strong communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, entrepreneurial environment.
|CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Evening and weekend work may be required.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.