About the Role
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.
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; 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.
IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Data Extraction Analyst on the Surge Team, supporting the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) study.
The main purpose of this position is to provide highly specialized oversight and guidance of routine but complex extraction processes for input data used in modeling, papers, and presentations at IHME. The Data Extraction Analyst will provide support to key research projects through data extraction and formatting, and providing inputs for papers and presentations. The Surge Team is a group of data professionals that support the GBD and other research teams through temporary assignments.
Support from Surge Team members is often requested to help teams during crunch times, with unexpected challenges or delays, or where staffing has fallen short.
The Data Extraction Analyst is expected to become specialized in data pertaining to relevant content areas and will consult with staff as needed. To create the array of indicators required, this position provides guidance on the extraction of all available relevant quantitative data from surveys, censuses, literature, and administrative records into central databases. This position will collate, clean, and extract data from survey, literature, vital registration, and other sources that have been identified. By doing so they will catalog a library of data that will add to the foundation of the Institute. Relevant data include those on mortality, causes of death, epidemiology, and a range of determinants and risk factors, such as education, income, or air pollution.
The position must have a strong command of a variety of research needs and analytic functions. The Data Extraction Analyst must be able to anticipate the needs of research teams, as well as other functional teams including the Global Engagement Team, Technology Team, and Research Management as it pertains to the work of data extraction. This position will work with dynamic teams of researchers and staff at all levels and will work alongside other research staff on complementary projects requiring a foundational knowledge of IHME’s work, as well as core technical skills and collective problem-solving. Overall, the Data Extraction Analyst will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic team. This position is contingent on funding availability.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Become familiar with substantive areas of expertise to understand the dimensions and uses of health data and the analytic underpinnings of different research streams.
Work directly with researchers to trace back the source of data used in models and results, understand the context of the data, and ensure that they are relevant to the analyses themselves.
Data management and quality assessment
Extract, format, and transform data from multiple sources according to set protocols in consultation with researchers to best meet their needs. Sources include literature, surveys, censuses, administrative records, vital registration systems, and disease registries, among others.
Develop and use protocols to identify problems with datasets and routine extraction processes, rectify issues, and systematize processes for future work.
Maintain, update, and interact with databases containing health data from multiple sources.
Perform quality assurance and routine diagnostics on data and databases.
Assess and contribute to decision making about the definitions of fields for extraction and the organization and storage of input data.
Perform literature reviews and other forms of data seeking.
Archive, catalog, and annotate datasets according to Institute standards to build a common library of materials for use by a wide set of researchers.
Document extraction processes in order to ensure consistency in extraction across research teams.
Improve extraction processes in order to save time or simplify the extraction process and/or improve the quality of extractions.
Publications, presentations, and data requests
Create text, tables, figures, and charts for presentations and publications.
Provide referencing and other support for publications and presentations.
Execute queries on databases to respond to the needs of senior researchers and external requests from collaborators, media, policymakers, donors, and other stakeholders.
Communicate clearly and effectively while contributing as a member of the Institute.
Work closely with other team members to assist with relevant tasks, facilitate learning 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.
Serve as a resource to others in explaining approaches to data management and extraction.
Participate in overall community of the Institute, carrying out duties as may be required for team members.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in sciences, global health, public health, or related field plus two years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must have demonstrated competence with analytic tasks. Demonstrated familiarity and ability to agilely assess, transform, and work with quantitative data from a range of sources.
Strong quantitative aptitude, desire to learn new skills, and ability to interpret complex analytic information.
Strong sense of focus and attention to detail.
Ability to learn new information quickly and to understand complex information in a systematic way.
Interest in global health or population health research.
Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, and the ability to work and thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, entrepreneurial environment.
Strong communication skills necessary.
A commitment to working alongside others at IHME to illuminate the health impacts of systemic racism and to work within IHME to make our organization more diverse and inclusive. See IHME’s DEI statement here:https://www.healthdata.org/about/mission-vision/DEI
Experience analyzing and/or manipulating spatial data.
Coding experience, including but not limited to, use of R, Python or SQL.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Weekend and evening work sometimes required.
This position is open to anyone authorized to work in the US. The UW is not able to sponsor visas for staff positions.
Office is located in Seattle, Washington. This position is eligible to work fully remote in the US.
The University of Washington requires students and personnel to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. To learn more about the requirements, please review the following:https://www.ehs.washington.edu/covid-19-prevention-and-response/uw-covid-19-vaccination-policy?_ga=2.31959098.540467107.1629831944-1755727657.1623616042
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 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.
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COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT
Employees of the University of Washington are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.