Healthcare Services & IT

Principal Full Stack Software Engineer / Architect (Google Spin Out)

WHO:

Client is a healthcare/life sciences startup and Google spin-out. The company lives at the intersection of technology, data science and healthcare with a mission to develop tools to collect and organize health data, then creating interventions and platforms that put insights derived from that health data to use for more holistic care management.

WHAT:

The role of the Principal Full Stack Software Engineer/Architect was to participate as hands-on technical architect and software developer for the firm’s health data platform and associated graphical user interface.

OPPORTUNITY:

The challenge was to find an accomplished Software Engineer with a pedigree from a top university, domain expertise or appreciation for health/bioscience data, the ability to architect and develop cloud-based software from backend data pipeline to frontend/user interface coupled with exceptional coding and implementation skills. The role also required superior communication skills, the ability to work across projects, across the software stack and the ability to take leadership responsibility in making architectural decisions.

LOCATION:

Cambridge, MA

OUTCOME:

Conducted initial candidate research across all relevant greater Boston area healthcare/life sciences/bioinformatics companies. Initially identified 79 candidates for multiple similar roles. From this initial outreach, 23 individuals were screened, 12 of whom were introduced, 9 of whom were phone screened by engineering director/stakeholder and 7 of whom were invited for onsite interviews. The chosen candidate came from a local Boston healthcare software company with 18 years of combined research and software development experience as well as a PhD in Cognitive Science from Brown University and a BS in Computer Science.

Data Science Technical Leader (Google Spin Out)

WHO:

Client is a healthcare/life sciences startup and Google spin-out. The company lives at the intersection of technology, data science and healthcare with a mission to develop tools to collect and organize health data, then creating interventions and platforms that put insights derived from that health data to use for more holistic care management.

WHAT:

Retained to fill the key role of Data Science Technical Leader. The role of Data Science Technical Leader is to perform in dual functions as Technical Leader and hands-on data scientist/ individual contributor since client was seeking an individual who could participate in building the models and algorithms to advance the firms Health Platform while also growing, nurturing and scaling out the current greenfield Data Science team in Kendall Square.

OPPORTUNITY:

For Data Science Technical Leader: the challenge was to find a top university PhD and/or MD with specific domain expertise in bio-sensor data, EHR and/or medical claims data as well as leadership experience, several years of experience as a data scientist and strong coding skills in R or Python.

LOCATION:

Cambridge, MA

OUTCOME:

Conducted initial candidate research across all relevant greater Boston area healthcare/life sciences/bioinformatics companies. Identified 64 candidates for initial outreach. From this group we identified and screened 17 people, 7 of whom were introduced to the client within 2-6 weeks of commencing the search. Of those, 5 were interviewed by phone and 2 were invited for onsite interviews. The remaining 3 candidates were put on hold as the client zeroed in on hiring one of the initial 2 interviewees, one of whom was subsequently made an offer and accepted within 10 weeks of starting the search. The hired candidate came from a local healthcare data company and represented the ideal fit with credentials including an undergraduate degree from Yale, graduate degree from Stanford, an MD from Georgetown and a PhD from Harvard.