• Software Development Engineer, Bioinformatics

    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 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 Gottardo Lab is a Research Lab within the Computational Biology department at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. We develop bioinformatics tools for accessing and analyzing high-throughput biological data, such as RNA sequencing and flow cytometry data. As part of a four member team, you will be working on ImmuneSpace (www.immunespace.org), a web-based application to support research by the Human Immunology Project Consortium, a project of the National Institutes of Health. ImmuneSpace provides researchers with tools that make it easy to find and analyze immunological data then share the results with colleagues or the general public.


    As a team, the members of ImmuneSpace aim to craft quality code as we improve our systems of DevOps, automated testing, and data visualization. Our goal is produce high-quality features that meet scientists' needs using a collaborative and engaging workflow.


    As a lab, we value inclusion and a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives to inform our work. Given these values, we strive to make our recruitment and promotion processes transparent, fair, and supportive. To learn more about the lab, check out: https://research.fhcrc.org/gottardo/en.html.



    • Work in an organization that aims to make the world a better place and is home to three Nobel Prize winners.
    • Enjoy an awesome work-life balance with a strong dedication from management to a 40 hour work week, support for public transit / bike commuting, healthy eating options in the Hutch's cafes and an office across from the water in South Lake Union.
    • Benefits include paid vacation, holidays, sick time, medical, dental and vision benefits as well as 403 (b) retirement plan.



    • Maintain, modify and develop software features in R, SQL, and JavaScript, such as updating Markdown reports, UI elements, or custom SQL queries.
    • Contribute to the automated testing framework for both the web-based database portal and the R API client
    • Write and maintain user-facing and internal documentation.
    • Participate in feature requirements gathering, design and tasking for new development or refactoring.
    • Engage in code discussions and reviews to ensure all team-members are cross-trained on all parts of the larger codebase.



    • 0-2 years professional experience in software development
    • Experience with either statistical / scientific programming (e.g. R, Python, SAS) or front-end JavaScript and interest in learning the complimentary skill set
    • Detail oriented including the following:
      • Ability to understand a system of complex interactions and explain this understanding to technical and non-technical collaborators
      • Capable of deep troubleshooting to discover the root causes of problems
      • Has well-commented code and documentation
      • Positive attitude, willingness to ask questions and learn independently


    • Experience cleaning and reorganizing data in R or Python
    • Front-end web development with modern JavaScript framework (e.g. angular / bootstrap)
    • Experience in custom SQL query development
    • Experience with cloud infrastructure (e.g. AWS / Azure) or containerization (Docker)
    • Conceptual understanding of automated testing and experience writing simple unit tests
    • Comfortable in UNIX systems and working at the command line
    • Working knowledge of version control systems (e.g. git)

    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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