1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104
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Req #: 182162
Job Location: Other Location,  Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 09/09/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: The University of Washington is following physical distancing directives from state and local governments as part of the collective effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.  Click here for updates

Work at IHME is ordinarily performed in an office environment, but IHME is requiring remote work under most circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this evolving situation, changes to this policy will be discussed as they occur throughout the interview process.

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 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.

A Software Engineer II will be responsible for the conception, development, implementation, and oversight of a suite of these analytical software tools and related projects, supervising technical staff and liasing with research teams to help IHME achieve its mission.

The incumbent must be creative in engaging with engineering problems and implementing 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. 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 II will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic research team.


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; visa sponsorship is not available.
  • 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.
  • Position is contingent on project funding availability.
  • 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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