Software Development Engineer I/II - Bioinformatics Tools

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


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 Gottardo Lab at Fred Hutch is a research lab within the computational biology program focused on creating statistical methods and software tools to analyze high throughput biological data. Our team works in collaboration with bench scientists and clinicians we work to understand severe diseases such HIV, malaria, and cancer and ultimately help develop vaccines and/or a cure. As a team, we value collaborative efforts, continued learning, and passion for our work.

Currently, the Gottardo Lab is working fully remote through at least summer 2021. You can learn more about the lab and lab members at

The Software Development Engineer I/II will help develop, implement and optimize computational data science software tools and analytic pipelines for clinical and non-clinical data sets, leveraging R. Within the Gottardo Lab we are building open source tools to enable analysis, integration, and sharing of large data sets in order to facilitating reproducible research. The candidate will work as part of a team to support data analysis and software development. The candidate is expected to adhere to good software development practices (e.g. design, unit tests, documentation, code review), and participate in regular team meetings. 


Our Commitment to Diversity

As a lab, we value inclusion and a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives to inform and improve our work. Given these values, we strive to make our recruitment and promotion processes transparent, fair, and supportive. Therefore, we strongly encourage all individuals with interest in the position to apply.


  • Manage software refactoring and development to address user-raised issues in R-based packages 
  • Develop pipelines to support assay re-analysis  
  • Work within a team to assess development needs and contribute to code reviews 


Minimum Qualifications SDE I:

  • BSc in STEM field or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of biological assay data (e.g. RNAseq, scRNAseq, flow cytometry, etc.) 
  • 1+ years in R, including familiarity with data wrangling and package development 
  • Working knowledge of Web stack, AWS / cloud computing 
  • Working knowledge of Software version control (e.g. git) 
  • Familiarity with Unix-like operating system environment 

Minimum Qualifications SDE II:

  • MSc in Bioinformatics, Data Science, Computer Science, Statistics or equivalent field or BSc with 3+ years’ experience also qualifies
  • 3+ years in R, including experience in data wrangling and package development
  • Working knowledge of Web stack, AWS / cloud computing
  • Working knowledge of Software version control (e.g. git )
  • Track record of contributions to open source software projects
  • Proficiency in Unix-like operating system environment


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with containerization, e.g. Docker
  • Experience with workflow languages and infrastructure-as-code, e.g. NextFlow
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists. 

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 Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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