• Lab Programmer

    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 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.


    Please Note: This position is on-site, in Seattle, WA.

    The Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research & Prevention (SCHARP) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA is seeking a Lab Programmer to provide programming support for data management, reporting, and analysis. The team is responsible for developing and maintaining the laboratory assay and specimen data pipelines for multiple clinical trials, pre-clinical studies and research and development projects. Lab Programmers provide support for the management, quality control, reporting, and analysis of specimen and laboratory assay data by developing and maintaining code, building workflows to facilitate data submission and creating analysis datasets/reports.


    In support of research network operations, funding agency requirements, and organizational needs, the Lab Programmer may perform some or all of the following tasks:

    • Create, maintain, and modify code to receive and process laboratory data for production of datasets and/or reports.
    • Create, maintain, and modify code to identify and resolve discrepancies between datasets/databases related to study specimens or assay results.
    • Act as a liaison between SCHARP study teams and the external labs to ensure accurate database design and timely processing of study results.
    • Work with SCHARP statisticians and external labs to define file specifications, quality checks, and dataset/file formatting.
    • Collaborate with other SCHARP groups to develop and maintain standard programming quality practices including code standardization, verification and validation efforts, and associated documentation; contribute to adoption of CDISC standards as applicable
    • Adhere and contribute to quality-assurance procedures, standard operating procedures and source code version control practices.
    • Participate in and/or lead projects that support development or improvement of LDO processes, directing junior-level programmers and support staff as necessary.
    • Work in a team environment, communicate effectively with colleagues, and be responsive to the needs of SCHARP staff as well as external collaborators as required


    • Bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry required or additional programming training, skill, or experience
    • 2-4 years’ experience as SAS, VBA, Javascript, Python or Perl programmer on PC/Unix platform; Preferred experience working in a biomedical laboratory
    • Ability to work independently and communicate effectively as part of a project team
    • Knowledge of VBA, JavaScript, Perl or Python programming languages
    • Ability to learn new programming skills as needed


    • Basic SAS experience desired
    • Knowledge of and experience in programming support of clinical trials, statistical programming, or other scientific research programming support
    • Knowledge of laboratory procedures for relevant assays, and work with laboratories to receive assay results in a timely manner

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    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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