Data Scientist Virtahealth

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Virta is the first clinically-proven treatment to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes without the risks, costs or side effects of medications or surgery. Our innovations in nutritional biochemistry, data science and digital tools combined with our clinical expertise are shifting the diabetes treatment paradigm from management to reversal. Our mission: reverse type 2 diabetes in 100 million people by 2025.

As a full stack health care company of physicians, engineers, scientists, marketers and more under one roof - Virta collects comprehensive data on our patients’ experience. The Data Science & Engineering team leverages this data and our growing compute resources to build the next generation of health care for chronic diseases.  Data scientists at Virta drive science and algorithmic solutions into the fabric of Virta’s products, operations, and decision making.  You will be an evidence-based partner to our department leaders and executive team as we scale our operation to reverse type 2 diabetes in millions of people.


  • 2+ years experience applying statistical or machine learning models to real business problems
  • A strong ability to break down vague business problems into component parts that can be solved algorithmically
  • Experience with Python’s open source data ecosystem (e.g. numpy, pandas, sklearn, tensorflow, statsmodels, spacy etc.)
  • Familiarity with SQL
Bonus Points for:

  • Complex data domains, especially: natural language, health data e.g. insurance claims
  • Causal Inference: continuous experimentation, methods for observational panels
  • Recommender systems
  • Sequential decision-making: reinforcement learning, bandit algorithms, adaptive clinical trials
  • Probabilistic programming: e.g. mc-stan, pymc3, or edward

  • Translate nebulous, mission-critical business problems into the language of science and algorithms.  Then, build high-performance systems to solve those problems
  • Partner closely with our product, sales, and clinical leaders to set company priorities, define data-driven cross-functional initiatives, and drive execution.
  • Work autonomously on your projects, supported by a growing and ambitious team of data scientists and engineers

Virta’s company values drive our culture, so you’ll do well if:

  • You put people first and take care of yourself, your peers, and our patients equally
  • You have a strong sense of ownership and take initiative while empowering others to do the same
  • You prioritize positive impact over busy work
  • You have no ego and understand that everyone has something to bring to the table regardless of experience
  • You appreciate transparency and promote trust and empowerment through open access of information
  • You are evidence-based and prioritize data and science over seniority or dogma
  • You take risks and rapidly iterate

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