Data Specialist II

Non-Fatal and Risks Quality Enhancement

This position will work with a dynamic team of researchers, faculty, and staff at all levels. The Data Specialist II will exhibit an understanding of the operational relationships between data, analytic tools, and results in the disease modeling process. This role will specifically focus at the outset on DisMod-AT, our newly developed method for analyzing nonfatal GBD estimates and recalibrating our analyses on disease modeling, aimed at increasing our scientific excellence and maximizing the impact, policy-relevance, and applications of the GBD study and its affiliate products.  This role requires an individual who has the ability to code and document code at a high level so that it is repeatable, reliable, and optimized in R and Python,.  The Data Specialist II is needed to develop diagnostics and code other commonly needed analytic practices to ensure research team-specific processes maximize the alignment with central analytic machinery, common coding practices, and documentation standards while effectively using and feeding into centrally maintained data.

The individual must be adept at navigating complex databases and analytic engines, be able to design and interpret diagnostics, and troubleshoot problems to resolve them. They must be able to independently interpret results to assess their quality and must be able to assess, transform, and utilize a broad array of quantitative data. Frequently, the individual will be given assignments where a desired result is identified but there is no preset path laid for achieving it. The individual therefore must carry out individual planning and problem solving to resolve computational questions and produce results. 

This position will additionally work alongside other research staff on complementary projects and will require knowledge, skill sharing, mentorship, and collective problem solving. Overall, the Data Specialist II will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic research team. IHME is a grant funded organization and this position is contingent on project funding availability.

Application information

The application process may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington (UW). 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 (GBD), 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 are cultivated by an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment that respects and appreciates differences, embraces collaboration, and invites the voices of all IHME team members.