University of Washington School of Public Health
Research Scientist - University of Washington
Closing Date: open until filled
Posted: September 18, 2018
The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, housed in the School of Public Health, is seeking a full-time Research Scientist for the Air Pollution Health Effects Group, led by Dr. Joel Kaufman. The group manages a suite of scientific research projects that study the health effects of ambient air pollution.
The Researcher will support an established program’s management of an extensive established database of air quality measurements, geographic variables, air pollution exposure modeling outputs, and health data. The person in this position will be expected to carry out high quality, accurate work in a multi-faceted research environment where command of quantitative details is essential. The ideal candidate will be organized, flexible, and self-motivated with a desire to learn, good communication skills, and the ability to work and thrive in a diverse, multi-faceted academic research environment.
• Data processing and database management including writing processing code.
• Developing, quality checking, and distributing complex data sets to be used in epidemiological and statistical analyses.
• Under the guidance of experienced scientists, preforming statistical analyses.
• Conducting research on new data management and data processing tools and ways to implement them
• Performing geocoding for study participant addresses and manipulating various types of locational data.
• Attending and contributing in regular data team meetings and project staff meetings.
Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, statistics, biostatistics, geography, or related field. Minimum of one year of work experience developing code in SQL, R, Python, and/or SAS. Other requirements include a demonstrated facility with analytic tasks, a strong quantitative aptitude, and the ability to interpret complex analytic information.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Preferable skills include previous experience using, building, and/or maintaining MySQL and/or PostgreSQL databases of quantitative information, previous experience with ArcGIS tools, the Python interface to ArcGIS applications, and/or QGIS, three or more years’ experience with R, SAS, and/or Python, and an interest in public health research including impacts of air pollution on health.