Systems Biology

Senior Research Scientist, Digital Health

Senior Research Scientist, Digital Health

Sage Bionetworks, Seattle WA

At Sage Bionetworks, we believe that we can learn more by learning from each other. By improving the way scientists collaborate, we help to make science more effective. We partner with researchers, patients, and healthcare innovators to drive collaborative data-driven science to improve health. Making science more open, collaborative, and inclusive ultimately advances biomedicine.

The ubiquity of sensors in consumer devices and wearables offers unprecedented opportunities to collect real-world health information, but interpretation of these data requires the efforts of talented analysts. Do you have the ability to develop statistical and machine learning models to address computational problems in the area of digital and mobile health?  Are you the type of person who enjoys engaging with scientists and researchers across many disciplines to help solve important problems through the analysis and modeling of health data?  Do you want to be an integral part of a team that includes computational biologists, data scientists, research ethicists, software engineers, and data librarians?  If so, you could be our next Senior Research Scientist in the Mobile Health (mHealth) team. We are looking for talented candidates to bring their expertise in data processing, statistical analysis, machine learning, and human health to extract meaningful insights from mobile and sensor data.

What you’ll be doing: 

  • Using quantitative analysis, signal processing, data mining and machine learning to analyse large amounts of sensor data from smartphones, wearables and other devices.
  • Establishing the biological, clinical and participant relevance of sensor data collected in digital health studies.
  • Contributing to the improvement and automation of the data processing and analysis pipeline across different mobile health studies.
  • Designing and evaluating experiments to collect relevant digital endpoints.
  • Help organize public benchmarking efforts (e.g.
  • Writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journal articles to establish the biological and clinical significance of data collected in mHealth studies.


We’d love to hear from you if you: 

  • Are passionate about open science and collaboration.
  • Are passionate about digital health technologies.
  • Have a MS, PhD in a quantitative discipline (e.g., statistics, computational biology, biomedical engineering, biomedical informatics, computer science, applied mathematics, or similar) or another scientific degree with commensurate experience.
  • Have at least an additional 2 years of experience in an analytical role developing both statistical and machine learning models.
  • Are proficient at extracting, cleaning, and analyzing physiological or mobile sensor data sets using data/statistical tools such as R, Python, or similar.
  • Have practical knowledge of digital signal processing and analysis of time-series data.
  • Have expertise in exploratory and statistical data analysis (such as linear models, multivariate analysis, predictive modeling and stochastic models).
  • Demonstrate a track record of writing compelling publications in high impact, peer reviewed journals.
  • Enjoy teaching others and learning new techniques.
  • Are a strong communicator (oral and written).
  • Familiarity with Deep Learning frameworks (Keras, TensorFlow, PyTorch etc.) is preferred.
  • Experience with the analysis of sensor data from wearables or mobile sensors and clinical data is preferred
  • Familiarity with software engineering practices and experience developing production software is preferred.

In light of recent concerns of Covid-19, all interviews will be conducted remotely, and most positions will be remote through at least December 31, 2020. The option to work on-site at our Seattle office prior to December 31, will be considered upon request.

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.

Sage embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to pay parity and making our salary ranges available to all employees. We invite you to apply and we welcome a conversation. We are based in Seattle, WA, and collaborate broadly throughout the world.

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