Software Developer II, Data Visualization Team

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 Software Developer II on the Data Visualization Team.

About the team

The Global Impact Group (GIG) serves IHME’s vision of all people living long lives in full health through innovative communication and collaboration. GIG runs campaigns to amplify awareness of the most critical health challenges and works with scientists and decision-makers to strengthen the evidence base of research and to take informed action. Within GIG, the Data Visualization team produces timely and relevant visualizations to amplify research findings.

About the role

The Data Visualization Team is looking for an experienced developer who possesses an in-depth knowledge of visualization tool creation from front- and back-end software to lead development of IHME’s complex data visualization tools. This position requires knowledge of the hands-on aspects of web interface engineering, an ability to design and build solid front-end architecture and integrate it with a database layer, and the skills to communicate these solutions to other members of the team both verbally and in written documentation.

IHME's ability to deliver high quality and professional web-based tools impacts global health decision-making. The high-level visualization tools are key to the clear representation and ultimate data impact of our complex research in the analysis of global health. This position is contingent upon project funding availability.


Web application development and maintenance

• Develop new data visualizations and extend functionality of existing tools for Institute projects.
• Build reusable code and libraries for future use and refactor existing code to improve maintainability, readability, testability, etc.
• Install and maintain application dependencies.
• Test code, features, business rules, and integrations.
• Automate testing by writing test code.
• Write and maintain thorough documentation of all programs and procedures.
• Troubleshoot and fix websites, applications, and server issues.
• Document and fix bugs.

Planning and research learning

• Provide input to timelines to deliver both iterative milestones and completed products.
• Plan for, coordinate, and execute software deployments.
• Become familiar with the components of IHME data tools and their purpose


• Communicate clearly and effectively while contributing as a productive member of the Technology 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 emerging problems on different projects.??


Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field and three years of related experience, OR equivalent combination of education/experience.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


• Knowledge of data visualization accessibility issues for users with disabilities; familiarity with accessibility standards and best practices; experience testing for accessibility; and demonstrated ability to design content/applications with accessibility considerations.
• Experience visualizing large, complex, and frequently changing datasets.
• Solid grasp of technologies including JavaScript, SQL, HTML, CSS, React, D3.js, and Node.js.
• Experience using Unix/Linux command line and CLI tools.
• Experience with source code management tools such as Git.
• Experience implementing Web UIs from conceptual designs.
• Experience querying and manipulating data and structures in an RDBMS such as MySQL.
• Experience with application containerization using tools such as Docker, Rancher, and Kubernetes.
• Ability to plan and organize technical projects.
• Familiarity with Python
• Experience with Agile development methodologies.
• Strong sense of focus and attention to detail.
• Understanding of data visualization principles, user experience, and aesthetics.
• Outstanding interpersonal skills, including a strong team ethic.
• A commitment to working to 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:


• Experience with unit testing, continuous integration, and CI tools such as Jenkins.
• Experience consuming and implementing Web APIs.
• Experience with cloud services like Azure.


• 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; schedule will be determined by supervisor and team needs.

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.

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


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions 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.