Software Development Engineer I (Front-End & Data Engineering)

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 


Lab Culture 

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 
When we return to in-office work, 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. 

Lab's 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.


The Software Development Engineer (SDE) will work primarily with the ImmuneSpace team to manage, a portal for immunologists to access and analyze public vaccine clinical trial data.  As a team, the members of ImmuneSpace aim to craft quality code as we constantly improve our systems of DevOps, automated testing, and data visualization. Our goal is to produce high-quality features that meet scientists' needs using a collaborative workflow.  As a junior member of the team, the SDE will take on a variety of tasks, including refactoring and developing front-end analytical features implemented in React.js as well as putting together and curating datasets for public consumption. 

  • Maintain, modify and develop software features in JavaScript, R, and SQL, such as updating React.js components, refactoring an R package, or creating 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. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • 0-2 years professional experience in software development 
  • Experience with modern front-end JavaScript frameworks (e.g. React or Angular) and libraries (e.g. Bootstrap) and interest in learning data engineering with R 
  • 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 
  • Working knowledge of version control systems (e.g. git) 


  • Experience cleaning and reorganizing data in a common data science language (e.g. R, Python, MatLab) 
  • Conceptual understanding of automated testing and experience writing simple unit tests 
  • Comfortable in UNIX systems and working at the command line 
  • Experience in custom SQL query development 
  • Experience with cloud infrastructure (e.g. AWS / Azure) or containerization (Docker) 

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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