Senior Research Scientist

At Sage Bionetworks, we believe that we can learn more by engaging and collaborating with people from a diversity of experiences, backgrounds and identities. We develop and apply open practices to data-driven research for the advancement of human health. We are working to establish actionable biomedical observations through the reliable analysis and responsible sharing of representative data. By improving the way scientists collaborate and by increasing the reliability of research, we will improve human health.

Team Science Research

We are looking for a Research Scientist to support a new National Library of Medicine-funded research project to develop the evidence base for improved information strategies, processes, and tools by identifying and describing the information behaviors of TTs, along with the information strategies teams use to achieve their scientific goals. The project aims to recruit ~15 translational teams to participate in qualitative interviews about the way they manage information, seeking to identify barriers and facilitators to effective information management in clinical and translational research. Additionally, we will conduct surveys to understand the impact information has on other team processes and collect data on scientific outcomes. Under direction of the PI and in collaboration with the Principal Scientist, Team Science, the Research Scientist will be responsible for the design, conduct, and dissemination of results for this research study.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Under direction of PI, develop interview instrument for qualitative interviews, conduct interviews with ~75 translational team members, and analyze qualitative data
  • Develop project management systems, including tracking system for recruitment and participation
  • Develop quantitative approach to collection of team-level outcomes data (bibliometrics, other outcomes)
  • Administer brief survey in collaboration with project statistician, analyze results
  • Disseminate results through conference presentations and publications
  • Other duties as required by the project

We’d love to hear from you if you: 

  • Have a PhD in Library and Information Science, Human Centered Design, or related field.
  • Have 4+ years doctoral-level training or related experience in qualitative research, including study design, data collection and analysis
  • Demonstrate excellence in research with evidence of advancing an area of Information or Team science.
  • Are highly organized, independent, and able to work with minimal direction
  • Have experience with basic survey design methodologies
  • Are familiar with the Information Science and Science of Team Science literatures
  • Have experience leading a project from start to finish, including designing the study protocol, collecting and analyzing data, disseminating results
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Have strong collaboration and teamwork skills.
  • Are passionate about open science, reproducible research, and collaboration.

Essential Job Functions

The cognitive and physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

  • Sedentary work. Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Repetitive motion. Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.
  • Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • May require travel dependent on company needs.
  • Can work under deadlines.

About Sage Bionetworks 

Sage Bionetworks is a nonprofit biomedical research and technology development organization that was founded in Seattle in 2009. Our focus is to develop and apply open practices to data-driven research for the advancement of human health. Data-driven research has become an important component of biomedicine, but it’s not always easy to understand how to apply computational approaches appropriately or how to interpret their results. Sage believes open practices can help. Our interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers work together to provide researchers access to technology tools and scientific approaches to share data, benchmark methods, and explore collective insights, all backed by Sage’s gold-standard governance protocols and commitment to user-centered design. Sage is supported through a portfolio of competitive research grants, commercial partnerships, and philanthropic contributions.

At Sage, we have a distributed workforce and support remote and/or on-site hybrid work arrangements within the United States. All interviews will be conducted virtually unless otherwise communicated.

Sage Bionetworks is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefit package, competitive to both commercial and not-for-profit life science organizations. The plan includes: health, dental, vision, life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Long Term Disability benefits; paid time off; a retirement plan; flexible spending accounts; a shared incentives plan, voluntary Long Term Care insurance, and other voluntary products. Additional information can found here: Benefits – Sage Bionetworks

At Sage, we engage equitable workplace strategies to ensure fair compensation. Actual compensation is dependent upon current market data, experience, and pay parity within our organization. This is a senior level position, with a compensation range of $104,050 – $139,168.