The Data Mapping Analyst 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. This position is contingent on project funding availability.

Responsibilities include:

Research command

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.
vCreate 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.

Map creation


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.

About U W Medicine

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.