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    Opportunity: Part-time (75%) Systems Analyst / Programmer III/IV (#AD-22550) @ FHCRC--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.

    Scope: In support of protocol procedures, study-specific requirements, and clinical monitoring requirements, the incumbent may perform one or more of the following tasks in addition to other duties as assigned.

    Duties: In support of protocol procedures, study-specific requirements, and clinical monitoring requirements, the incumbent may perform one or more of the following tasks in addition to other duties as assigned:
    • Write and maintain SAS programs to support safety monitoring of clinical trials, providing both internal and external reports.
    • Develop standard and ad hoc reports implementing ODS in SAS.
    • Use scripting languages (shell, PERL) to automate routine data management tasks and reporting.
    • Design, test, document, and maintain SCHARP databases (SAS, DataFax, PostgreSQL).
    • Implement and maintain standard datasets.
    • Participate in report specification, design, and development of the data management system for studies.
    • 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.
    • Perform study-specific or cross study or cross network ad hoc reporting.
    • Document and transfer study data from main SCHARP databases to additional analysis datasets.
    • Provide study datasets and information to external parties.
    • Develop and/or maintain user interface programs and software tools.
    • Maintain version control on production programs.
    • Create Acrobat files (PDFs) of specific CRFs for audit purposes (internal and external).


    Three years experience as a Systems Analyst/Programmer II or equivalent; or one year as a Systems Analyst/Programmer II or equivalent and a Master's Degree in a job related area. Strong SAS Macro and SAS reporting experience. Demonstrated effectiveness of verbal and written communication as part of a project team. Experience with SAS statistical software is essential, preferably on Unix platforms.


    Background and experience with at least one computer language. Proficient use of database management and statistical software. Experience with SQL (Postgres). 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. Experience writing work practice guidelines and standard operating procedures is desirable.


    For more information about the position and to apply, please visit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center website at and search for Job# AD-22550.

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