Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Data Analyst (Temporary)

Req #: 188194
Department: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
Appointing Department Web Address:
Job Location: Other Location
Posting Date: 03/12/2021
Closing Info: Open Until Filled
Salary: Salary is Competitive. Salary is Commensurate Upon Qualifications and Experience.
Union Position: Yes
Shift: First Shift
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.

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; Local Burden of Disease; 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 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 exciting opportunity for a Temporary Data Analyst on the Data Intake Team, the Production Team for the COVID-19 Forecasting Project. The COVID Research Project’s 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, and information on person-to-person contacts. The team must be quick to process new data types as they become available and relevant.

The main purpose of the Data Analyst position is to provide support to key research projects through data extraction and formatting, database management, data quality management, computational support to multi-disciplinary research projects, and providing inputs for papers and presentations. Data Analysts are tasked with developing an understanding of analytic functions across multiple projects to best meet researcher needs. We are looking for an individual who is able to independently translate requests into actionable results through interactions with research databases, formulation of displays of results, and development of complex code to be applied to a variety of quantitative data. The role calls for dexterity in working with complex databases and the ability to assess, transform, and quality control results, and manipulate quantitative data using coding languages such as R to ensure that other team members have exactly what they need to incorporate the data and results into their own components of the analytic process, presentations, and papers.

Additionally, this position will work alongside other Data Analysts on complementary projects and will require knowledge and skill sharing and collective problem solving. Overall, the Data Analyst will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic research team. This position is contingent on project funding availability.

Research command

• 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 identify 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.
• Create and document efficient, effective, and replicable methods for extracting data, developing code, organizing data sources, managing data quality, and explaining complex analytic processes.

Data management and analytics

• Extract data manually and, wherever possible, through code-based solutions, and format data into required templates for use in modeling efforts.
• Problem-solve computational and analytic challenges by investigating the data, understanding the root questions, and coming up with alternative measurement strategies.
• Implement code solutions in order to answer analytic questions, perform diagnostics on results, and test and assess new methods.
• Maintain, update, and adapt databases containing health data from multiple sources such as surveys, vital registration systems, administrative records, and published studies relevant to demographic estimation.
• Maintain, update, and carry out routine but complex computational processes and statistical modeling that are central to generating estimates of key indicators.
• Execute queries on databases and resolve intricate questions in order to respond to the needs of senior researchers and external requests from collaborators, media, policymakers, donors, and other stakeholders.
• Bring together data, analytic engines, and data visualizations in one seamless computational process.
• Use protocols to identify problems with datasets and routine computational processes, rectify issues, and systematize data for future analyses.
• Transform and format data sets for use in ongoing analyses. Catalog and incorporate these datasets into databases. Perform quality checks.


• Create tables, figures, and charts for presentations and publications.
• Provide referencing and other support for publications and presentations.
• 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.
• Participate in overall community of the Institute, carrying out duties as required with other Institute members.
• Commit to working alongside others at IHME to illuminate the health impacts of systemic racism and to working within IHME to make our organization more diverse and inclusive. See IHME’s DEI statement here:


• Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, engineering, computer science or related field plus two years’ related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor’s degree is considered equivalent to four years’ experience.
• Demonstrated success in developing code in R. Other coding languages such as Python are a plus.
• Demonstrated ability in using databases with large-scale, complex datasets.
• Adept diplomacy and exemplary interpersonal skills required. Must be agile at forming respectful and rewarding relationships with people with different levels of experience and expertise from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and professional settings.
• Strong organizational skills and the ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and priorities to meet established and changing deadlines.
• Deep interest in global health, population health, and/or ways in which quantitative research and data science can be used to create valuable global public goods.
• Demonstrated self-motivation, ability to absorb detailed information, flexibility, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative and collaborative environment.
• Ability to learn new information quickly and to apply analytic skills to better understand complex information in a systematic way.
• Strong quantitative aptitude.

Conditions of Employment:

• Weekend and evening work sometimes required.

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 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.

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

“Onsite work” in the interim will vary for units and for specific positions and will be discussed with candidates during the interview process.

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.

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