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University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on September 25, 2019
Req #: 172224
Job Location: South Lake Union
Posting Date: 09/24/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
Limited Recruitment: Other
Shift: First Shift 

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. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years. 

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME makes this information freely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve population health.

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Data Library Curator to join our team. The Data Library 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 Library Curator’s work will significantly contribute to the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx), IHME’s health and demographic data catalog. The Data Library 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.

Responsibilities include:

  • Catalog data accurately and completely in an online content management system, including the following duties:
       - Understand internal cataloging guidelines and assign proper metadata, to ensure data can be easily found and accessed
       - Conduct research for metadata about datasets, including publishers, authors, contributing and funding organizations
       - Find, research, and eliminate inconsistencies in metadata
       - Document file management and cataloging progress thoroughly
       - Evaluate 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:
       - Move, rename and associate files with GHDx records, based on detailed guidelines
       - Use 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:
       - Communicate via a ticketing system and provide timely and quality customer service
       - Conduct routine data-seeking and data downloads for research projects
       - Implement strategies for cataloging composite datasets and their underlying sources
       - Promote proper data management and citation practices at IHME

  • Perform duties that improve team workflow processes and enhance the GHDx, including:
       - Create and update cataloging standards and documentation
       - Provide feedback to colleagues about cataloging and file management
       - Maintain and add content to controlled vocabularies in the GHDx
  • Request GHDx features, functions, and fixes and assist database developers with testing

    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, information management, or (science) data management and two years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Additional Requirements:
  • 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

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


    Evening and weekend work may be required.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
  • 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 equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or