System Analyst - R Programmer

Job Location
Seattle, WA
Job Description

Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch's pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer with minimal side effects. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation's first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women's Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.

The Solid Tumor Translational Research group is looking to add an experienced Software Engineer to develop and maintain the R server and analysis tools used in our open source web application for exploring molecular and clinical data.

The successful candidate will be responsible for expanding our API for plug-and-play data and analysis integration, writing automated tests, and working with scientific collaborators to ensure a maximally scalable and robust API framework. This project offers a rare opportunity to engage in creative software engineering and to directly contribute to the improved treatment of life-threatening tumors through collaborations with molecular biologists, physicians, other software engineers, and laboratory staff within the project and in the larger community.

- Contribute to the development of existing back-end server and API processes
- Modify existing R framework when necessary
- Communicate with collaborators to determine and optimize user-specifications for analytic and database needs
- Design, develop and maintain code to support integrated analyses on dynamically defined datasets
- Implement efficient and scalable methods to perform real-time calculations on large data
- Write unit and integrated tests
- Perform code reviews

- Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field.
- Minimum of 4 years computer programming experience.
- Significant experience developing open source R packages.
- Proven history in software development and version control systems.
- Proficiency in a programming language such as Javascript and python.
- Knowledge of best practices for handling big data and cloud-based services.

Key Skills and Abilities:
- Demonstrated leadership abilities and record of positive contributions within a collaborative environment.
- An eagerness to learn, an acquaintance with molecular biology, and an interest in applying your skills to exciting, clinically-relevant research.

If interested, please apply online at

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