Gateway System Software Engineer IV

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Information Technology


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.


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.   


Gateway is a custom developed clinical application and research database that is the foundation of The Hutch’s legacy in cancer research. As a leader on the Gateway team, you will help lead the design of a system that will support a broad base of user needs, while demonstrating your ability to deliver high quality software in a complex environment. The Gateway application is managed in the Hutch’s Center Information Technology organization. 


Most Fred Hutch jobs require some on-campus work.  However, there may be flexibility for certain positions.  Please check with the recruiter if you are an out-of-state applicant interested only in working outside of the Seattle area.  


The Gateway System Software Engineer IV is a critical member of a dedicated and motivated team supporting an application directly affecting both day-to-day cancer patient care and related critical research, spanning multiple decades, working to alleviate the burden of cancer. A unique opportunity to apply your software engineering skills, you will be an integral part of a team of developers, project managers and product owners, supporting a critical and complex legacy enterprise application while designing and developing an application for the future. Within this role you will build an understanding of the existing Gateway application and environment and ensure the ongoing support of patients, clinicians and researchers. This position works in close collaboration with a dedicated Gateway team and reports to the Gateway Manager. 


This role spans the following areas:

  • Follow team standards for programming, configuration control, testing, quality assurance, and version control. Perform rigorous quality assurance validation to ensure that high quality products are released
  • Work with vendors, IT Services staff, and clients to scope, develop, document, and implement technical requirements within system infrastructure
  • Coordinate and oversee complex programming projects assisting other programmers and staff as necessary
  • Apply your understanding of the Gateway system to ensure user requirements are met
  • Design, test, implement, monitor, and maintain real time and batch interfaces between multiple systems and applications (Ingres, Corepoint, EPIC)
  • Develop data validation queries and system monitoring scripts
  • Build high quality, well documented software to support patient care
  • Monitor, maintain, and report application KPI’s including functional health and resource utilization
  • Work with a dedicated information security team to evaluate and proactively address security vulnerabilities
  • Mentor teammates to build team knowledge to create a sustainable staffing environment
  • Participate in the development of a strategic application roadmap working with center IT architects



  • BS in Computer Science, Information Systems, or related field (Math, Chemistry, Business) or demonstrated dedication to accessing educational experiences consistent with the responsibilities of this role
  • Minimum of 10 years professional software development experience
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • 2-3 years relational database experience using SQL
  • Programming skills using Windows C# and embedded SQL in C
  • Interest in working in an OpenVMS environment, including installation, troubleshooting and debugging (training will be provided)
  • Ability to rapidly learn new technologies and skills
  • Confidentiality and Privacy - Requires strict confidentiality of administrative, employee and patient information, including compliance with HIPAA requirements
  • Superb communication skills
  • Proven hands-on experience deploying and maintaining complex, custom, multi-tiered application systems
  • Ability to work in a team and communicate effectively
  • Dedication to supporting the mission of the Hutch
  • Dedication to continuous learning


  • Knowledge of, and experience with, electronic health information standards (HL7)
  • Experience in OpenVMS
  • Experience in working with Ingres or other relational DBMS, esp. on the OpenVMS platform
  • Report writer tool experience (e.g. Crystal reports)


Fred Hutch has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations.
As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment. 


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your 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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