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    Opportunity: Systems Analyst/Programmer IV/V (#AD-22528) @ Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center--Seattle, WA (US)
    Submitted by Alysha Duran; posted on Friday, September 11, 2009


    About Us: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home of three Nobel laureates, is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical research to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. Recognized internationally for its pioneering work in bone-marrow transplantation, the Centerís four scientific divisions collaborate to form a unique environment for conducting basic and applied science. The Hutchinson Center, in collaboration with its clinical and research partners, the University of Washington and Childrenís Hospital and Regional Medical Center, is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Pacific Northwest.

    About the Department: The Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research & Prevention (SCHARP) is part of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute (VIDI) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. SCHARP provides statistical collaboration to HIV/AIDS researchers around the world and conducts a complementary program of statistical methodology and mathematical modeling research. SCHARP also collects, manages, and analyzes data from clinical trials and epidemiological studies dedicated to the elimination of HIV/AIDS as a threat to human health.


    Under minimal supervision, provide programming support for data management, reporting, and analysis needs of SCHARP. The Systems Analyst / Programmer works in a team environment and supports the overall mission of SCHARP. She/he is expected to communicate effectively with other team members and be responsive to the needs of SCHARP staff as well as external agencies and manufacturers as required.

    Duties: In support of research network operations and specimen data requirements, the incumbent may perform one or more of the following tasks in addition to other duties as assigned:
    • Design, test, document, and maintain SCHARP databases (SAS, PostgreSQL).
    • Design and support quality assurance procedures, standard operating procedures, and work practice guidelines and support documentation of those efforts. Follow SCHARP software development lifecycle (SDLC) practices and processes.
    • Standardize work practices across studies whenever possible and participate in standardization efforts that impact more than one functional group.
    • Represent the group in committees with more than one functional group.
    • Represent SCHARP in committees with more than one network/organization partner.
    • Ensure that work practices are documented.
    • Implement and maintain standard datasets and reports.
    • Maintain version control on key programs.
    • Automate routine data management tasks and reporting.
    • Develop and/or maintain user interface programs and software tools.
    • Lead standardization efforts or larger programming projects.
    • Document and transfer study data from main SCHARP databases to additional analysis datasets and/or provide study datasets and information to external parties.
    • Provide training and mentoring for new programming staff.
    • Coordinate with members of the other programming groups to identify and address common issues.
    • Participate in meetings with the full programming group.
    • Perform study-specific or cross-study reporting as a primary or backup.
    • Identify and support staff training and development opportunities.


    Three years' experience as a Systems Analyst/Programmer III/IV or equivalent; or two years as a Systems Analyst/Programmer III or equivalent and a Master's Degree in a job related area. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively as part of a project team. Experience with PERL and SQL are essential. Demonstrated leadership capabilities. Experience writing work practice guidelines and standard operating procedures. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and professionally with representatives from external organizations.


    Background and experience with VBA, SAS, R, Javascript and/or Java. Proficient use of database management and statistical software. Unix experience is desirable. Knowledge of and experience in programming support of clinical trials, statistical programming, or other scientific research programming support. Experience in writing program, system, and/or database documentation. Ability to communicate programming issues with non-technical staff a plus.


    For more information about the position and to apply, please visit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center website at and search for Job# AD-22528.

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