Senior Computational Scientist at Skillprint

January 06, 2022

Skillprint is looking for a Computational Scientist with a proven ability to engineer software systems for conducting research in psychology, cognitive science, or neuroscience. You will use your expertise to tailor games and other interactive experiences to measure a person’s skills, personality, and mood, and to recommend pathways for increased satisfaction and self-improvement. We hope that you will join us to build out an innovative product with a purpose at the intersection of psychology, continual learning, gaming, and opportunity.

Skillprint identifies your strengths by analyzing the way you play games. We then share those insights with you in a fun way to help you get ahead in life. As you build your Skillprint profile, we enable you to share and compare with friends and colleagues and connect you with learning, development, and career opportunities to help you achieve your career goals. Skillprint is currently in private beta. Help us to make the future of work and learning fun for everyone!

This is an opportunity to join the founding team of a start-up with a bold mission-driven vision, an innovative business, and a massive market.

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Read about us on VentureBeat.

The Team

The founders bring a unique fit to the opportunity. Chethan Ramachandran founded Playnomics, a predictive analytics company, which he sold to Unity and now processes 1.5B devices/month as Unity Analytics. Davin Miyoshi founded Mesmo, a social/mobile games company which he sold to GSN, and grew GSN Games to 75M+ users and $100M+ in revenue. Engineering lead Michael Mangus will help build tools and systems to support your work, drawing on his experience as a postdoc in the Media Neuroscience Lab and the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies before he made the transition to the software industry. 

Continue IF you:

  • Thrive doing self-directed work that spans a wide variety of complex research problems
  • Are excited to explore a variety of subject areas including cognitive, affective, personality and social psychology
  • Crave the tangible outcomes and rapid feedback cycles that come with developing a concrete product that people will use every day to make their lives a little better
  • Want to play a key role in a small team growing an early-stage product

Note: This role combines the specialized knowledge of a Senior Research Scientist with the engineering skills of a Senior Applied Data Scientist – if you feel like this role is almost what you want, but not quite, you might want to check those out as well!

Responsibilities

  • Formulate research questions, design experimental protocols, collect data, analyze it, and communicate specific recommendations for how to use the results to improve our product
  • Review the literature to distill the gold standard measures for complex latent variables including cognitive skills and personality traits
  • Translate those gold standard laboratory paradigms into engaging and rewarding games, surveys, and other activities
  • Identify specific gameplay elements in off-the-shelf games that might be able to measure variables of interest to our users, then run experiments to put them to the test
  • Write production code to process gameplay telemetry and other user data using the scientific Python ecosystem (Numpy, Statsmodels, Pandas, etc.)
  • Work with the founding team to develop the overall product strategy and roadmap
  • Collaborate with outside experts, corporate customers, and users on how our product can best support assessment and personalized learning and development at scale

Requirements

  • 3+ years experience conducting research in a social or behavioral science like psychology, cognitive science, or behavioral/functional neuroscience (PhD/ABD is a plus, equivalent industry experience is also great)
  • Strong programming skills with the ability to contribute production-ready code using the scientific Python ecosystem (Numpy, Statsmodels, Pandas, etc.)
  • Proficiency in common statistical techniques like ANOVA, regression models, clustering and classification
  • Practical knowledge of how to pick the right tool for the job, striking a balance between the elegance of simple, understandable analysis and the power of nuanced, insightful results
  • Able to turn wide-ranging and ambiguous problems into actionable and discrete projects and product solutions

Nice to Haves

  • Experience with relational databases (we use PostgreSQL) and object-relational mapping tools (we use Django)
  • Experience building APIs to power Web or mobile apps
  • Advanced statistical skills like non-linear modeling (including neural networks) or hierarchical Bayesian modeling
  • Previous startup experience
  • Enjoy playing games

Please include in an email to :

  • Your LinkedIn, CV, and/or a website that showcases your research experience
  • A cover letter

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