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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to monitor global health conditions and health systems, as well as to evaluate interventions, initiatives, and reforms. IHME carries out 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; Geospatial Analysis; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. The aim is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base to make decisions that achieve better health.
IHME is seeking to revolutionize the way we track diseases around the world by developing innovative geospatial analytic methods to produce increasingly granular estimates of diseases and determinants. Just a few of the diseases this revolutionary work will touch on include pneumonia and its etiologies, diarrhea and its pathogens, malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, Ebola, as well as select neglected tropical diseases. Through the development and use of geospatial techniques to synthesize information at the local level, and in partnership with key collaborators around the world, IHME will present results in interactive high-resolution maps to illuminate levels, trends, and disparities in health outcomes.
IHME's geospatial research will empower policymakers and donors to make optimal decisions about allocating funds and prioritizing interventions. In order to encourage use and uptake of this research, IHME will employ a variety of methods throughout to make results available and encourage uptake. These approaches include developing and maintaining a web presence, as well as producing interactive tools and visualizations, conference presentations, scientific publications, and materials for non-scientific audiences.
IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Data Mapping Specialist. The main purpose of this position is to provide support to IHME's geospatial analysis work and related research areas by leading the development and maintenance of the team's covariate library which is critical to geospatial modeling efforts, as well as creation of a variety of maps and related visual displays that make the results easy to understand and encourage uptake by a variety of audiences. This position is contingent on project funding availability.
The Data Mapping Specialist must develop an understanding of data and mapping needs of the geospatial analyses and related research areas. The position must be able to translate requests into actionable results through systematic reviews, database queries, and the application of complex code to a variety of geolocated, quantitative data. The position calls for dexterity working with complex databases and the ability to assess, transform, and utilize quantitative data using multiple coding languages (R, ArcGIS, and/or common GIS software skills are required). The position calls for assuring the quality of the outputs of the maps and related visual displays it creates.
Oversee the geospatial covariate library within the geospatial team, and be able to provide recommendations to modelers on specific covariates when requested.
Understand the specific formatting needs for rasterized covariates in the geospatial modelling framework.
Maintain and add to the covariate database as required, using established formatting procedures, as well as document references and sources for these covariates.
Become familiar with covariate influence on modelling outputs, and be willing to iterate with modelers on covariate versioning.
Take responsibility for and manage the covariate library on behalf of the geospatial team, as well as for rigorous documentation and referencing of the covariates.
Retain an open dialogue with the geospatial modelling staff regarding changes or alterations in covariate formatting guidelines.
Create maps that convey results and input data in a clear, comprehensive, and comparable manner to a variety of audiences and for multiple purposes (e.g., web, print publications, diagnostic tools).
Create spatial data files (points, polygons, and rasters) and other underlying structures required to ultimately produce the maps and related visual displays.
Review data and results from multiple sources to understand why they were used in the maps and ensure quality control. Sources could include but would not be limited to surveys, literature, administrative records, and internal databases of results. Prepare summaries and documentation of all stages of development and implementation of interactive maps and related visual displays.
Maintain, update, and adapt databases that feed into the maps and related visual displays as needed.
Execute queries on databases to prepare summaries of data searches, extractions, and transformations in order to respond to the needs of senior researchers and external requests from collaborators, media, policymakers, donors, and other stakeholders.
Perform quality assurance and routine diagnostics on data and databases.
Using standardized protocols, identify problems with maps, rectify issues, and systematize data for future analysis.
Learn and apply code in multiple languages as needed to clean, merge, manipulate, and format datasets and adapt databases based upon protocols to address needs identified in conjunction with researchers.
Develop and follow protocols to store data in ways that are accessible to interactive maps and other related visual displays.
Archive, catalog, and annotate datasets according to Institute standards to build a common library of materials for use by a wide set of researchers.
Become adept with and apply data conversion and extraction tools.
Become familiar with journal formatting, and how to best utilize limited figure space in a publication environment.
Become familiar with the research area of geospatial analysis, the related data, and the needs IHME has for portraying results in a variety of maps for a variety of users.
Work directly with researchers to trace back the source of data used in interactive maps, understand the context of the data, and ensure that they are relevant to the analyses themselves.
Work directly with researchers to explain and modify databases and maps to best serve the needs of evolving projects.
Create and document efficient, effective, and replicable methods for extracting data, writing and implementing code, organizing data sources, managing data quality, and explaining the results in the maps and related visual displays.
Work directly with researchers to understand the best color schemes and symbologies to represent data and modelled outputs.
Work directly with researchers, modelers, and central code staff to coordinate covariate usage and novel visualizations of data.
Be a resource for new modelers and/or researchers regarding covariate choice and interpretation.
Manage Data Mapping Analyst, providing timely feedback and priority-setting guidance to them, as well as providing guidance in skills development
Manage overall covariate and map production work including timelines and task assignments in close collaboration with research teams, faculty, and supervisor
Communicate clearly and effectively while contributing as a productive member of both the geospatial analysis 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. Attend relevant meetings, adhere to deadlines, and participate as a vital member to collectively advance team-level objectives.
Contribute to the creation of publications and presentations as needed.
Participate in overall community of the Institute, carrying out duties as required as team members with other Institute members.
Become adept with multitasking across projects in geospatial, as well as understanding timelines and prioritizing tasks.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Bachelor's Degree in social sciences, sciences or related field and two years' experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Coding experience in R, Python or common GIS software (ArcGIS etc.) required.
Experience with map generation for a presentation or publication environment.
Previous experience with handling point, polygon, and raster datasets for spatial analyses and visualization. Experience with remotely sensed data.
Must have demonstrated facility with analytic tasks and ability to participate productively in interdisciplinary research teams.
Strong quantitative aptitude, desire to learn new skills and information, and ability to interpret complex analytic quantitative information.
Strong sense of focus and attention to detail.
Interest in global health research.
Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, strong communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, entrepreneurial environment.
Experience with using, building, or maintaining databases of quantitative information optimal.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Master's degree in GIS or related field
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
Weekend and evening work sometimes required.
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