Senior Statistical Programmer

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 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. SCHARP is seeking a Senior Statistical Programmer. Under minimal supervisions, the Senior Statistical Programmer provides statistical programming expertise within SCHARP by coordinating with statisticians to write efficient, reusable, and easily maintainable code that access, analyze and report data descriptives and analyses. The incumbent primarily uses SAS and R; additional statistical and analytical software programs are used as needed. Core to the role is the ability to communicate effectively, work collaboratively with colleagues and be responsive to the needs of both internal and external customers within an environment of mutual cooperation and respect. The Senior Statistical Programmer works on complex assignments, shows independence in management of workload and production of quality output, as well as technical expertise that contributes to the programmatic infrastructure of the Statistical Programming group. The Senior Statistical Programmer may also mentor and/or supervise a junior statistical programmer.


  • Gather and document requirements for developing or modifying existing programs and systems
  • Define and edit mock tables, listings and figures (TLFs) and analysis dataset specifications
  • Generate, document, and maintain analysis datasets
  • Create ad hoc, standard and study-specific reports (e.g. SMC, DSMB, SMB); may perform cross-study reporting
  • Test and de-bug programs and maintain version control on production programs and scripts
  • Design and develop new work instructions (WIs) and updates to existing WIs.
  • May coordinate efforts to standardize WIs or processes across studies
  • Develop and maintain automation of routine analysis data and reporting tasks
  • Contribute to mentoring and training of junior Statistical Programmers as needed



  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a scientific, technical, or health-related field
  • At least five years of experience in SAS or R programming, with additional experience in other programming languages including a scripting language
  • At least two years of experience in support of clinical trials, in a clinical research setting or other health research setting;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a matrix management environment as a member of several project teams
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and appropriately prioritize work assignments
  • Knowledge of and experience with clinical trials research data
  • Knowledge of and experience with biostatistics or statistical analyses in a clinical trials setting
  • Knowledge of R (graphics experience) and other programming languages
  • Strong SAS reporting and macro development abilities
  • Advanced SAS programming skills
  • Ability to use Perl or other scripting languages for text manipulation and automated job control



  • Graduate degree in computer science or a scientific, technical, or health-related field
  • 5+ years of statistical programming in a clinical research setting.
  • Knowledge of CDISC standardization practices
  • Knowledge of laboratory data


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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