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Researcher for the Air Pollution Health Effects Group - University of Washington

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Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #13029
Posted: September 18, 2018

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. The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, housed in the School of Public Health, is seeking two full-time Researchers 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.  

• Database development and management including writing processing code and documentation of procedures. 
• Developing, quality checking, and distributing complex data sets to be used in epidemiological and statistical analyses. 
• Under the guidance of experienced scientists, performing epidemiological and/or 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. 
• Contributing to reports, peer reviewed manuscripts, publications, and presentations. 
• Attending and contributing in regular data team and project meetings. 

Masters degree in computer science, statistics, biostatistics, geography, epidemiology, or related field. Minimum two years of experience developing code in SQL, R, Python, and/or SAS. Proficient with Microsoft Office products. Other requirements include a demonstrated facility with analytic tasks, a strong quantitative aptitude, attention to detail, 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, five or more years experience with R, SAS, and/or Python, and an interest in public health research including impacts of air pollution on health. 

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