Data Specialist, Surge Team

  • University of Washington | Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
  • Seattle, WA [remote available]
  • Dec 15, 2021
Full time Public Health SQL Scientific Research

Job Description

IHME has an exciting opportunity for a Data Specialist on the Surge Team. The Surge Team contributes to various research areas through limited-term assignments on research teams to help meet critical deadlines, manage unexpected challenges or changes in scope, and fill in where staffing has fallen short. The Data Specialist will make use of innovative, cutting-edge analytic methods to help produce comparable estimates of the impact of diseases, injuries, and risk factors across the globe and must develop an intellectual agility to traverse many types of data and analyses.

We are looking for someone who has a command of a variety of research needs and analytic functions. The Data Specialist must be able to independently translate requests into actionable results by writing and implementing novel code. The individual must be adept at navigating complex databases and analytic engines, be able to design and interpret diagnostics, and troubleshoot problems in order 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 using multiple coding languages (Python, R, SQL, Stata). Frequently, the individual will be given assignments where a desired end 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.

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