Software Development Engineer II

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Laboratory Research Sciences


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit organization providing adult cancer treatment and groundbreaking research focused on cancer and infectious diseases. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Washington.


With a track record of global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy and COVID-19 vaccines, Fred Hutch has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. 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 value collaboration, compassion, determination, excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. These values are grounded in and expressed through the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our mission is directly tied to the humanity, dignity and inherent value of each employee, patient, community member and supporter. Our commitment to learning across our differences and similarities make us stronger. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, anti-racism and inclusion.


The Office of Translational Research (OTR) creates environments which enable researchers and clinicians to accelerate scientific discovery and translate it into cures and research advances which significantly improve patient outcomes and quality of life. We do this by focusing on three key areas: 

  1. Building seamless infrastructure to optimize and speed translational research 
  2. Strengthening tumor-specific translational research programs, and  
  3. Strengthening partnerships between translational research institutions.

This role supports tool improvement and user experience for Oncoscape (our internally developed, web-based software application), a data visualization tool for analyzing molecular and clinical data. This position will carry out work to expand the applicability of the current Oncoscape tool through user experience design improvements and componentization. Currently, Oncoscape is an Angular project. This role will work on creating individual modules of the key features enabling individual modules/components to live in various environments and utilizing the tool’s functionality in other applications.  


You will be working alongside researchers, software engineers, and data scientists to develop cutting-edge web and cloud solutions to problems in cancer research and translation of research into clinical practice. 



  • Develops code to meet requirements and specifications of application
  • Help plan and extend Oncoscape web tool with product enhancements
  • Help in breaking Oncoscape (a monolithic tool) into reusable open-source components for handling and visualizing data related to patients and subjects in biomedical data sets, including:
    • Design and implementation of components, including rewrite or porting existing code, as needed
    • Design and implementation of component APIs, including test cases and documentation
    • Composing of components into complete web sites
  • Performs testing, troubleshooting, and debugging of application throughout the development process
  • Follow software development best practices to design and develop software features to meet end user specifications
  • Lead development of small to mid-sized projects
  • Participate in code and design reviews
  • Estimate software development tasks and participate in creating development and implementation schedules for features and applications
  • Test & debug new and modified software
  • Provide tier 3 support of software, troubleshoot user problems
  • Create and maintain technical documentation
  • Collaborate with and provide documentation for end users
  • Ensure the tool is visually appealing, intuitive and user-friendly
  • Design and create new types of graphs for scientific data visualization, likely in D3 or WebGL
  • Perform other responsibilities as required 



Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field; sufficient experience may substitute
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in UX design and implementation
  • Experience developing data driven applications and architecture
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with modern programming languages such as TypeScript, Python, etc., and modern constructs such as promises
  • Experience with general-purpose web site development (HTML, CSS, build and deployment)
  • Experience with version control systems such as git / GitHub
  • Experience in scientific data visualization or related fields
  • Experience with graphing libraries such as Plotly, Vega, Highcharts, etc., and D3
  • Experience in defining and implementing APIs
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Interest in cancer biology
  • Enthusiastic about speeding research
  • Demonstrated relationship building skills
  • Solid integrity

 Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience with AWS Services (such as S3, Batch, Lambda) 
  • Experience with Angular; sufficient experience in other frameworks such as React may suffice
  • A track record of Open Source contributions
  • Ability to take initiative and use sound and independent judgment in carrying out responsibilities and managing shifting priorities. 
  • Knowledge of clinical and research terminology
  • Experience in Python and/or R
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Ability to think critically, work independently, and act as a team member

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center 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, prior to their first day of employment:
Provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ; OR
Initiate the accommodations process to request a religious or medical accommodation (medical accommodations require a healthcare provider’s certification).


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.

The annual base salary range for this position is from $90,382 to $135,574 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.  


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees a comprehensive benefits package designed to enhance health, well-being, and financial security. Benefits include medical/vision, dental, flexible spending accounts, life, disability, retirement, family life support, employee assistance program, onsite health clinic, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation (12-22 days per year), paid sick leave (12-25 days per year), paid holidays (13 days per year), paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks), and partially paid sabbatical leave (up to 6 months).  

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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