Python Developer III-IV

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Clinical Research Support Services


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.  


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 and COVID-19 vaccine development. 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 Python Developer III-IV.


Through collaboration with the team the Python Developer III provides software development of applications, services and data pipelines for the Programming department at SCHARP, with increasing design influence and support to the group. As a team leader, the Senior Python Developer (IV) provides individual contributions, design, and strategic direction for the software development of applications, services and data pipelines for the Programming department at SCHARP.


Core to the role is communicating effectively with team members and being responsive to the needs of various constituents inside and outside of the Division.


Level III:

  • Gather and document system requirements
  • Design and implementation of systems to meet the needs of the SCHARP Programming department
  • Review specifications with customers and work with team to deliver features following an agile development pattern
  • Collaborate with team and stakeholders on larger feature designs and implementation
  • Write solid code supported with thorough unit and integration tests
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and support existing systems
  • Initiate and/or support the development and improvement of best practices and processes
  • Mentor and train team members

Level IV:

  • All level III responsibilities
  • Lead the design and implementation of systems to meet the needs of the SCHARP Programming department
  • Mentor and train team members; supervise as needed
  • Lead team projects in best practices or process improvements
  • Act as a representative of the team for cross-functional projects and inquiries


Minimum qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or similar degree in a scientific, technical, or health-related field


Level III:

  • 4 years experience with object-oriented programming language (e.g. python);or commensurate years of education and experience.
  • Expertise with linux command line fundamentals
  • Experience with fundamentals of automated software testing
  • Ability to work independently and communicate effectively as part of a project team

Level IV:

  • 5years experience with at least one modern programming language (e.g. python, Java, javascript);or commensurate years of education and experienceDemonstrated expertise of linux environment and service management.
  • Expertise with automated software testing including continuous integration and test systems.
  • Ability to lead application development as part of a project team.
  • Experience creating and deploying web applications; full-stack including Javascript, Django, Flask, Postgres.
  • Expertise with OOP and/or functional design including design patterns.
  • Experience mentoring junior developers
  • Experience with source code management tools, e.g. git, subversion.


Preferred Qualifications 

Level III

  • Experience in Django, Flask and Pandas.
  • JavaScript, database and SQL experience.
  • SAS experience.
  • Experience in support of clinical trials or other scientific research.
  • Build and continuous integration and test (CI/CT) systems, e.g. Jenkins.

Level IV

  • Demonstrated proficiency mentoring junior developers.
  • Designing and managing modern applications in the cloud using tools such as Docker and AWS or Azure.
  • Bash, SAS, Perl experience.
  • Experience in support of clinical trials or other scientific research including CDISC standards.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize feature development.
  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures for assays, and work with laboratories to receive assay results.
  • Understanding of computerized systems validation.
  • Experience documenting user input, developing requirements and tests.
  • Experience with agile workflows such as Kanban or Sprints.


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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