• Software Development Engineer II

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Information Technology
  • 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 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 Hutch Data Commonwealth (HDC), a new organization within the Center, has a mission to develop new capabilities to facilitate scientists’ interactions with large and complex data sets, enabling novel approaches in cancer research. The HDC Software Development team works with product management and data scientists to provide the Hutch research community with flexible, extensible, programmatic and interactive access to relevant datasets, analytical tools and visualization toolkits. Our culture is one of service and fun. We value career growth and provide funds for books and training. In addition, developers are encouraged to attend lectures at the Hutch on topics ranging from data mining to progress on anti-body therapies.


    This is an exciting opportunity to contribute in a professional software development team at one of Seattle’s premier non-profit organizations. You will be building tools central to the research efforts of Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, supporting our mission to find cures for cancer. You will work at our lake-shore campus, featuring a gourmet-quality cafeteria, on-site daycare and an on-site health clinic for employees, less than a mile from downtown Seattle.


    In this Software Development Engineer (Java) role, you will work with a small, collaborative team of engineers, product managers, and others – so excellent interpersonal and communication skills are also necessary along with a love for coding and learning new technologies as the need arises. You will be extending an existing web application, used by hundreds of Center scientists, implementing new functionalities in a PostgreSQL/Java/JavaScript stack. We develop iteratively and work closely with our customers, getting quick feedback on new features.

    • Work alongside a multi-functional team to design, create and support a full-stack software solution, using Java, PostgreSQL and JavaScript.
    • Work with product managers and customers to understand and translate business needs to technical requirements.
    • Deliver through all stages of the development lifecycle; design through deployment.
    • Create and maintain documentation.
    • Participate in code and design reviews.
    • Participate in an iterative product delivery model.
    • Maintain knowledge and follow department specific project management methodologies.
    • Contribute, follow and maintain knowledge of current software development trends, best practices, industry tools and standards.
    • Provide Tier 2 Support of software (business hours only).


    Minimum Qualifications

    • 3-5 years professional software development experience in Java with Spring and/or Spring Boot. Or 3-5 years experience in another Object-oriented language and recent completion of a Java certificate program
    • Experience with ORM tools, preferably Hibernate
    • Sharp analytical abilities, proven design skills and problem-solving skills
    • Good understanding of Object Oriented Programming concepts, data structures and algorithms
    • Understanding of automated testing tools (Junit or TestNG)
    • Enjoys working in a team environment and has a proven record of positive contributions to the work of the team

    Desired Qualifications

    • BS in Computer Science, Engineering or related field
    • Experience writing or consuming REST based APIs
    • UI Development experience using JavaScript frameworks, preferably Angular
    • Linux/Unix experience
    • Database design and development, preferably PostgreSQL
    • Experience with gradle, git and IntelliJ IDEA
    • Interest in biomedical research

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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