Systems Analyst/Programmer II

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home of three Nobel laureates, is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical research to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases.

Recognized internationally for its pioneering work in bone-marrow transplantation, the Center's five scientific divisions collaborate to form a unique environment for conducting basic and applied science. The Hutchinson Center, in collaboration with its clinical and research partners, the University of Washington and Seattle Children's, is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Pacific Northwest. Join us and make a difference!

About the Division
The mission of the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Division (VIDD) is to eliminate or minimize the worldwide impact of globally significant infectious diseases. The Division shares the Center's values of scientific excellence, respect, openness, and innovation in the pursuit of its mission.

About the Department
Population Sciences in the area of infectious diseases focuses on important questions: Where is the highest concentration of people with infectious disease, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, influenza and cholera? What are the risk factors for the population in these parts of the world in developing the disease? How can we work within communities to help change the behavior that presents the most risk? Join VIDD's Population Sciences program faculty and staff by providing integral support of their specialized work in math modeling, epidemiology, and statistics in projects that are related to the spread and control of infectious diseases.

The Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research & Prevention (SCHARP) provides statistical collaboration to infectious disease researchers around the world and conducts a complementary program of statistical methodology, and mathematical modeling research. SCHARP also collects, manages, and analyzes data from clinical trials and epidemiological studies dedicated to the elimination of infectious disease as a threat to human health. SCHARP is part of the program of Population Sciences within VIDD.

Job Summary
The Lab Programmer facilitates the transfer and processing of data from external labs for the SCHARP Laboratory Data Operations (LDO) section and exercises technical expertise in developing data management programs and systems for processing assay and specimen data.

May perform some or all of the following duties.
- Confer with users to determine programming and data base requirements, referring complex programming and data base requirements to senior level programmers or supervisor.
- Analyze user requirements.
- Design routine programs and data base applications to meet user specifications.
- Design input screens for data entry.
- Create logic descriptions using accepted documentation tools and methods and translate logic specifications into coded computer instructions.
- Modify existing programs and data base applications.
- Implement new programs and data base applications.
- Test and debug new and modified programs and applications.
- Maintain documentation of all programs and applications.
- Generate a variety of reports as required.
- Install and configure hardware, software, and associated equipment.
- Train users and provide on-going support in the areas of hardware, software, local area networks, programs, and applications.
- Maintain current knowledge of and comply with Centerwide standards and policies regarding the use of hardware and software.
- Troubleshoot user problems.
- Design routine data structures.

Additional responsibilities may include:
- Develop an understanding of laboratory procedures for relevant assays, and work with laboratories to develop systems to receive assay results in a timely manner.
- Work with the SCHARP statisticians and external labs to define file specifications for data transfer, and identify necessary data quality checks.
- Develop, maintain and extend software tools used by external collaborators to transfer data to SCHARP; create and support assay modules on the Atlas web portal; work with SCHARP developers to identify requirements for new or existing tools.
- Create programs & workflow practices to identify and report data discrepancies; work with internal and external partners to resolve discrepancies and create analysis datasets.
- Design and support quality assurance procedures, standard operating procedures, and work practice guidelines and support documentation of those efforts.
- Follow SCHARP software development practices and processes for testing, validation and version control of code/systems

Minimum Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field. One year of computer programming experience. Additional programming training/skill/experience may substitute for educational requirement. Additional experience and specific applications requirements to be determined by department.

Preferred Qualifications
- Experience working in a biomedical research laboratory, and/or Bachelor's degree in the biological sciences; understanding of cellular/humoral assays; basic understanding of SAS and working understanding of UNIX; experience with programming support of clinical trials, statistical programming, or other scientific research programming.

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