Principal Lab Programmer

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Clinical Research Support Services


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.


At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization.  We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.   


The Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention (SCHARP) at Fred Hutch is a full service statistical and data management center focused on HIV prevention research. SCHARP has an annual budget of over $40 million, more than 180 employees and is currently managing over 40 active phase I – III clinical trials in over 150 clinical sites around the world.

Working here means never wondering if you are making a positive difference in the world. For the past 15 years, SCHARP has been be instrumental in eradicating diseases around the world. Recent work supporting COVID-19 studies affirms our continued importance to global health.


The Lab Programming team at SCHARP is looking for a lead programmer to join our team. We are a fun, egalitarian group that focuses on delivering reliable and reusable solutions.


In this role, you will provide day-to-day technical leadership to an enthusiastic team of programmers; providing guidance on best practices, design, tools, and programming hygiene. This is not a management position - you will still get to be in the code most days.


An early project may include improving the requirements and specifications around our codebase. This will include working with the broader SCHARP Programming Unit to establish lightweight processes for validating python, 3rd party packages and our own in-house applications.


As a lead, you will advise on programming concepts and feasibility, as well as represent the Lab Programming team’s interests within the wider SCHARP environment.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Develop requirements and architecture for applications, processes and systems
  • Provide primary technical leadership and mentorship of a seven-person programming team
  • Design and implement data pipelines for laboratory assay data analysis
  • Development and maintenance of quality system documentation
  • Train users on application use, procedures, and data submission best practices
  • Troubleshoot and resolve lab programming-related issues
  • Take initiative and lead complex, cross-functional team projects
  • Lead team projects in best practices or process improvement
  • Develop, apply and train team in best programming practices



  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or similar technical degree
  • 7+ years of delivering applications in Python or any object-oriented programming language
  • 3+ years of experience designing and drafting requirements for applications
  • Proficiency using source code management tools (SVN)
  • Experience with relational databases (Postgres)
  • Proficient Linux user - including command line tools
  • Exemplary attention to detail: testing, meaningful comments, root cause analysis


  • Experience designing and deploying applications using Django or Flask
  • Basic CI/CT experience (Jenkins)
  • Programming in multiple languages for a scientific or health related field
  • Python, JavaScript, Java, Perl, Unix shell, Go, C/C++
  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures for assays
  • Understanding of computerized systems validation
  • Programming support of clinical trials, statistical programming, or other scientific research

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer.  We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, 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 HR Operations at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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