• Cloud Architect

    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) represents a new organization within the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center with a mission to develop new capabilities and resources to facilitate the center’s interaction with large and complex data sets. HDC data and software engineers develop robust resources for the management and analysis of data in support of both local and extramural research activities. The HDC also serves as a nexus within Fred Hutch for data-centered partnerships with technology companies and academic organizations.

    Are you a Cloud or DevOps Architect/Engineer who likes to work in multiple clouds? Do you have a passion for open source and want to be part of a team using cloud computing to help cure cancer by 2025? This is your opportunity!

    Fred Hutch’s Scientific Computing team is looking for a Hybrid Cloud Architect to join our team. Your work will assist hundreds of investigators and their research staff to meet our goal of curing cancer by 2025. You will join a small team that builds, deploys and supports research focused, IT solutions used by the Hutch community. This community includes grant funded Data Scientists, Computational Biologists and the Hutch Data Commonwealth, a multi-disciplinary team on a mission to empower Fred Hutch researchers with innovative data science tools and infrastructure capabilities to accelerate their research.

    Fred Hutch has a strong commitment to cloud computing and our researchers are using multiple cloud providers (AWS, Azure, GCP) in combination with computing resources on premise. This heterogeneous environment poses many novel integration questions.

    The Scientific Computing team prefers using open source solutions and regularly contributes to OSS projects and shares much of their code and configurations on Github.

    Benefits include:

    • A better work live balance than you find in many other places in Seattle (believe us!)
    • 403(b) Retirement savings plan with 7% matching
    • On-site day care through Hutch Kids, based on availability
    • Competitive salary, depending on experience.
    • 12 days annual leave + 1 day after every year
    • Twelve paid holidays annually
    • Excellent medical, dental and vision plans
    • Subsidized health insurance for family members and domestic partners
    • On-site employee health clinic including PT



    A day in the life may include

    • Architect a cloud-based solution in the Hutch Data Commonwealth
    • Review Cloud architectures proposed by other teams
    • Assist researchers with building and improving cloud based computational pipelines using multiple tools.
    • Drive solutions used by researchers in dynamic fields such as Machine Learning
    • Evangelize new cloud-based platform services that increase computational productivity
    • Ensure that we get maximum computational power for our money by intelligently using cloud options such as AWS spot market and preemptable VMs in GCP
    • Evangelize the benefits of modern Object Storage systems and migrate workflows away from Posix file system dependencies to cloud native using docker based workflows and object storage
    • Take ownership of our DevOps infrastructure (Github, CircleCI, Rancher, Kubernetes)
    • Site Reliability Engineering tasks using modern tools such as Prometheus and proactive log analysis.
    • Provide end user consulting through weekly office hours
    • Contribute documentation using Github markdown to http://sciwiki.fredhutch.org, our new hub for customer facing documentation
    • Conduct cloud computing trainings under the umbrella of http://www.fredhutch.io
    • Provide architectural input to a cross functional cloud architecture team and build relationships with other IT professionals at Fred Hutch and educate them about Scientific Computing


    Sounds good? This is what you need to land this job

    • A minimum of 5 years working with Linux
    • A minimum of 3 years Python
    • Extensive experience using Docker
    • Deep knowledge of AWS and Google cloud services and their APIs (e.g. boto/boto3)
    • Demonstrated experience with cloud native technologies such as Kubernetes
    • Familiarity with infrastructure as code concepts (terraform, cloud formation)
    • Experience in at least one additional scripting language (Bash, Javascript/node, etc)

    And here are some other skills that make you shine

    • Experience with compute pipeline tools that allow users to increase their productivity (see examples at https://github.com/pditommaso/awesome-pipeline )
    • Experience deploying applications with modern CI-CD tools (e.g Circle CI)
    • Experience in troubleshooting performance of Linux based computing environments
    • Experience using configuration management and/or automation systems such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, cfengine, or Salt
    • Experience in writing web based tools used to manage operations. (e.g. Flask)
    • Experience working with other virtualization technologies such as Docker, LXC, Singularity or KVM
    • Knowledge of R, Matlab, and Galaxy experience is a plus.
    • Experience with bioinformatics / genomics tools (e.g. BWA, Bowtie, STAR, GATK, samtools, bcftools) a plus
    • Previous experience in a research or educational setting is a plus

    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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