• R Research Programmer

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Overview

    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. 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 Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention (SCHARP) at Fred Hutch is seeking an R Statistical Programmer to provide statistical programming expertise to write efficient, re-suable, and easily maintainable code that access, analyze and report data descriptives and analyses. The incumbent primarily uses R; additional statistical and analytical software programs are used as needed. Core to the role is the ability to communicate effectively, work collaboratively with colleagues and be responsive to the needs of both internal and external customers within an environment of mutual cooperation and respect. The Statistical Programmer works on complex assignments, shows independence in management of workload and production of quality output, as well as technical expertise that contributes to the programmatic infrastructure of the Statistical Programming group. 


    The R Statistical Programmer will support the Vaccine Immunology Statistical Center (VISC) research program. VISC provides services in the areas of statistical design and data analysis to advance novel HIV vaccine candidates to clinical trials (https://www.cavd.org/Pages/default.aspx and https://www.ghvap.org/Pages/default.aspx).


    • Develop scripts for wrangling and standardizing assay datasets
    • Test and de-bug programs and maintain version control on production programs and scripts
    • Develop and maintain automation of routine analysis data and reporting tasks
    • Gather and document requirements for developing or modifying existing programs and systems
    • Generate, document, and maintain analysis datasets
    • Define and edit mock tables, listings and figures (TLFs) and analysis dataset specifications or metadata
    • Create ad hoc, standard and study-specific reports (e.g. SMC, DSMB, SMB); may perform cross-study reporting
    • Contribute to best practices and assay process documentation
    • Contribute to mentoring and training of junior Statistical Programmers as needed



    • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a scientific, technical, or health-related field
    • At least two years of experience in R programming, including use of version control tools (e.g. git or svn)
    • Experience building R functions and developing R graphics
    • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and appropriately prioritize work assignments



    • Graduate degree in computer science or a scientific, technical, or health-related field
    • 5+ years of R programming in a health-related field, preferably using biological assay data
    • Additional experience in other programming languages (e.g. python or C++)
    • Ability to use Perl or other scripting languages for text manipulation and automated job control
    • Knowledge of CDISC standardization practices
    • Knowledge of and experience with biostatistics or statistical analyses using assay data

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