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Seattle, Washington
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14 Jul 2022
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 Data Library Curator to join our Enterprise Data Management team.

The Data Curator will be responsible for cataloging large amounts of health data from a variety of data sources, e.g., health surveys, censuses, facility records, and administrative data. The Data Curator's work will significantly contribute to the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx), IHME's health and demographic data catalog. The Data Curator will be familiar with different types of files and data, particularly health and demographic datasets; be meticulous with naming files and assigning proper metadata; and possess sufficient Internet and research savvy to perform data-seeking and find accurate information about data sources. This position is contingent upon project funding availability.


• Catalog data accurately and completely in an online content management system, including the following duties:

oUnderstand internal cataloging guidelines and assign proper metadata, to ensure data can be easily found and accessed

oConduct research for metadata about datasets, including publishers, authors, and contributing and funding organizations

oFind, research, and eliminate inconsistencies in metadata

oDocument file management and cataloging progress thoroughly

oEvaluate data to maintain data security and HIPAA compliance

• Organize large amounts of data (file formats such as Word, Excel, CSV, TXT, PDF, STATA, and SAS), including the following duties:

oMove, rename, and associate files with GHDx records, based on detailed guidelines

oUse tools like FileBoss, BeyondCompare, and Stat/Transfer to efficiently organize and convert data files

• Collaborate with IHME researchers on the intake and cataloging of health and demographic data, including the following duties:

oCommunicate via a ticketing system and provide timely and quality customer service

oConduct routine data-seeking and data downloads for research projects

oImplement strategies for cataloging composite datasets and their underlying sources

oPromote proper data management and citation practices at IHME

• Perform duties that improve team workflow processes and enhance the GHDx, including:

oCreate and update cataloging standards and documentation

oProvide feedback to colleagues about cataloging and file management

oMaintain and add content to controlled vocabularies in the GHDx

oRequest GHDx features, functions, and fixes and assist database developers with testing

Other duties assigned.


Master's degree in library science, information management, or (science) data management and two years' related experience

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


• Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, and flexibility

• Strong team and collaboration skills

• Previous indexing or cataloging experience

• Interest in global health and global health research

• Ability to work in a highly structured role that requires critical thinking while operating in a fast-paced, energetic, entrepreneurial environment

• Strong sense of focus and attention to detail

• Online research skills

• Familiarity with assessing materials in foreign languages and using online translation tools

• 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:


• 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.

Application Process:

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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 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.
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  • Job Reference: 657836615-2
  • Date Posted: 14 July 2022
  • Recruiter: University of Washington
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: I.T. & Communications
  • Job Type: Permanent