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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an organization at the University of Washington (UW). Its mission is to monitor global health conditions and health systems, as well as to evaluate interventions, initiatives, and reforms. It uses cutting-edge techniques to tackle some of the most difficult and most critical questions in global health and find answers that will become the foundation for better policies and, ultimately, better health.
IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Data Services Specialist on the Geospatial Analysis team. The Data Services Specialist will be responsible for meeting the data seeking, sourcing, and management needs of research teams within the Geospatial portfolio at IHME. The Data Services Specialist will work closely with a dynamic team of researchers and staff at all levels to understand the unique analytical goals and processes of a given research team in order to best identify, describe, and organize data relevant to its specific needs. This position will be an important liaison between researchers and Data Indexers, providing contextual and subject knowledge to guide the seeking and description of datasets. This position will also be integral to coordination of and engagement in data seeking efforts to support needs across the Geospatial research teams. A successful Data Services Specialist will have enough knowledge of both the research and data management practices to identify and suggest improvements to tools, processes, and workflows.
The Data Services Specialist will be a member of a complex organizational structure that involves multiple individuals on different teams (research teams, IT, Data, Global Engagement), each with a variety of responsibilities and highly specific subject knowledge. This environment requires that the Data Services Specialist be able to effectively communicate with a diverse group of people. This position also requires creativity, flexibility, and tenacity to acquire the information and resources necessary to successfully complete tasks. In addition, the Data Services Specialist will be an advocate for proper data management and must feel comfortable providing advice and enforcing established practices.
Carry out data seeking, identification, and documentation projects specific to internal research teams in a timely manner and produce high-quality results.
Work directly with a team of researchers and staff at all levels to identify and manage health data sources appropriate to the needs of the research team. Includes interacting in a collaborative manner with other staff and team members to accomplish organizational goals and exemplifying and promoting proper data management.
Be an expert on the data IHME has access to and on international data resources; be articulate when conversing with researchers looking for this information.
Conduct research for proper metadata for datasets, including publishers, authors, and contributing and funding organizations.
Catalog data accurately and completely in an online content management system.
Become familiar with the analytical goals and processes of the Geospatial research teams to understand the dimensions and uses of health data by IHME researchers.
Communicate effectively to senior management and faculty when issues arise with data projects.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
| Master's degree in library science and two years' related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience |
Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, and flexibility
Demonstrated expertise in the domain of health and demographic data sources
Experience working directly with researchers to meet various data management needs in an academic research environment
Experience working with relational databases and schema
Comfort with looking at data files in order to evaluate and describe the contents
Previous indexing or cataloging experience
Interest in global health and global health research
Ability to work in a highly structured role that calls for precision and meticulous attention to detail while operating in a fast-paced, energetic, entrepreneurial environment
Strong sense of focus and attention to detail
Familiarity with Drupal or other online content management system
Online research skills
Familiarity with statistical vocabulary
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
| Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check. |
Evenings and weekends may be required.
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