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University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104
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Req #: 181828
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 08/19/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years. 

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; Costs and Cost Effectiveness; 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 worlds 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 Software Engineer II to join the Pandemics Team for the COVID Research Project. 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. This position will be responsible for the conception, development, and implementation of a suite of analytical software tools that can easily be utilized by other staff with less coding experience. The incumbent must be creative in identifying engineering problems and designing solutions. The position requires problem-solving and consulting with users and research team leaders to devise methods and processes to resolve issues and design and build scalable and flexible solutions.

About the team

The COVID Research Projects aim is to provide policymakers donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base to make decisions that achieve better health. The data intake team extracts, processes, visualizes, and reports on various data inputs required for the global COVID-19 modeling effort. Key data types include epidemiological surveillance of cases and deaths, hospitalizations, policies for social distancing, mobility patterns, COVID testing data, mask use, information on person-to-person contacts, among others. The team is agile to process new data types as they become available and relevant.


Software development

  • Design software solutions to novel research problems.
  • Ability to develop software, identify specifications, and implement requirements autonomously.
  • Create and implement 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.
  • Perform assessments of existing code base, to provide actionable recommendations for improvements.
  • 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.

    Strategic planning and supervision

  • Supervise and/or mentor other engineers.
  • Gather requirements.
  • Explore new technologies and make recommendations as to their adoption.
  • Provide input to timelines to deliver both iterative milestones and completed products.

    Research command

  • Exhibit command of the analytic components and methodologies of the research, and how they relate to key production tools, machinery, data, and diagnostics.
  • Exhibit command of the dimensions and uses of health data in IHME analytic pipelines.
  • Continually seek new knowledge and collaborate with researchers and faculty to gain a better understanding of analytical components and research methodology.


  • 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 to help them with relevant tasks, show them how to learn new skills, and help resolve problems across projects.
  • Participate in internal trainings.

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.


  • Bachelors Degree in computer science, mathematics, engineering, statistics, or related field plus five years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing code in Python, Java, R, and/or other coding language.
  • 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 identify problems, define requirements and 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.


  • Python most preferred
  • 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
  • Experience managing employees


  • This position is open to those authorized to work in the US; the UW is not able to sponsor visas (eg H1B visa) for staff positions.
  • Evening and weekend work may be sometimes required to meet publication deadlines and grant deliverables.
  • The position may be sometimes required to be on-call to resolve user problems outside of regular business hours.
  • This position currently has 12 months of funding from point of hire, with the possibility for renewal.
  • The office is located in Seattle, Washington. This position is eligible to work fully remote; work schedule required to overlap 50% of IHME Office hours between 8am - 6pm Pacific Time.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions 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 Workforce 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.

  • Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.


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