University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
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Posted on July 5, 2020
Req #: 178345
Job Location: Other Location,  Seattle Campus,  South Lake Union
Posting Date: 07/10/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: The University of Washington is following physical distancing directives from state and local governments as part of the collective effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.  Click here for updates

Work at IHME is ordinarily performed in an office environment, but IHME is requiring remote work under most circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this evolving situation, changes to this policy will be discussed as they occur throughout the interview process.

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 research center at the University of Washington focused on expanding the quantitative evidence base for health. IHME aims to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative data to make decisions that achieve better health. IHME’s research spans multiple disciplines and policy-relevant areas including resource tracking, cost-effectiveness, forecasting, burden of diseases, geospatial analysis, health systems solutions, and impact evaluations. It has established international scientific credibility for developing innovative multidisciplinary methods and producing cutting-edge results. If you join IHME, you’ll be joining a team of mission-oriented people who are committed to creating a welcoming and diverse workforce that respects and appreciates differences, and embraces collaboration.

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Database Administrator II. Funding is currently available until June 2021 with a possibility of renewal. The Database Administrator will be responsible for supporting and securing multi-terabyte databases used to enhance research efforts, as well as improving our ability to illustrate and disseminate global health trends through innovative means. This individual will also serve the critical function of keeping database technologies up to date to meet research needs effectively and efficiently. This individual will lead the implementation of new database software and hardware in consultation with database and software engineering staff.

A successful candidate will be passionate about big data, experienced in open source database administration, and committed to being part of an agile development team in pursuit of turning raw data into global impact.

Responsibilities include:

Database architecture, administration, and security

  • Research, recommend, and implement distributed database software and hardware systems.
  • Work with system and database administrators to build stable, reliable, and scalable data management environments.
  • Lead the installation, configuration, and tuning of development, test, and production database environments.
  • Ensure that backup and archiving procedures are functioning correctly.
  • Devise, implement, and maintain database monitoring and reporting tools.
  • Work to automate database administrative tasks and provide self-service user tools wherever possible.

    Planning and research learning

  • Stay up to date on the latest technologies surrounding high performance operating systems and open source database management systems.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the components of IHME’s data architecture.
  • Plan and track projects and tasks and provide input to higher level timelines to deliver both iterative milestones and completed products.


  • Communicate clearly and effectively while contributing as a productive member of the database team and the Institute as a whole.

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, management information systems, or related field plus five years’ related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Extensive knowledge of backing up, restoring, and maintaining databases with extremely large datasets
  • Deep understanding of multiple open source database systems such as MySQL, PostGres, MariaDB Spider, Columnstore, or Clustrix
  • Familiarity with Linux Containers and Virtualization (Docker/LXC, VSphere, OpenStack)
  • Experience with monitoring and metrics gathering tools (ELK stack, Nagios, Sensu, MonYog)
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including a team ethic and focus on relationship building
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, strong communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, entrepreneurial environment

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


  • Experience with distributed storage systems such as Qumulo, CEPH, Stornext, etc.
  • Solid systems administration and automation skills (i.e., Salt, Ansible, Chef)
  • Experience in MPP databases


    Evening/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