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Senior Quantitative Scientist (ML/NLP)

Verana Health

Verana Health

Software Engineering, Data Science
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2024

Verana Health, a digital health company that delivers quality drug lifecycle and medical practice insights from an exclusive real-world data network, recently secured a $150 million Series E led by Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. (JJDC) and Novo Growth, the growth-stage investment arm of Novo Holdings.

Existing Verana Health investors GV (formerly Google Ventures), Casdin Capital, and Brook Byers also joined the round, as well as notable new investors, including the Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, THVC, and Breyer Capital.

We are driven to create quality real-world data in ophthalmology, neurology and urology to accelerate quality insights across the drug lifecycle and within medical practices. Additionally, we are driven to advance the quality of care and quality of life for patients. DRIVE defines our internal purpose and is the galvanizing force that helps ground us in a shared corporate culture. DRIVE is: Diversity, Responsibility, Integrity, Voice-of-Customer and End-Results. Click here to read more about our culture and values.

Our headquarters are located in San Francisco and we have additional offices in Knoxville, TN and New York City with employees working remotely in AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, LA, MA, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT , VA, WA, Washington, D.C. All employees are required to have permanent residency in one of these states. Candidates who are willing to relocate are also encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Senior Quantitative Scientist, ML/NLP

Job Intro:

As Verana Health reinvents how research happens with data and technology in the healthcare space, we are growing our Quantitative Sciences team to solve complex real-world problems across multiple therapeutic areas, including urology, ophthalmology, and neurology. We are looking for a Senior Quantitative Scientist with data science, machine learning, and natural language processing (NLP) expertise that will work closely with clinical structured and unstructured text data derived from electronic health records in support of Verana Qdata® development which enables insight generation. Day-to-day activities include algorithm development, protocol creation, code implementation, modeling, inference, and interpretation.
This role will report directly to the Director, Quantitative Sciences embedded within our data development offering. Built on the values of continuous learning, cross-functional collaboration, and rigorous scientific research, the Quantitative Sciences team strives to improve patient care by innovating at the intersection of real world data, clinical context, and methodology with our partners to ensure all available data is being used to in the most efficient, data-driven way possible.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Verana Health is looking for a Senior Quantitative Scientist with a background in health data analytics and experience leveraging ML/NLP.


  • Develop and leverage state-of-the-art advances in natural language processing using pre-trained large language models (LLMs) for analyzing and reasoning over clinical notes and other unstructured data in the context of clinical problems.
  • Drive cutting-edge research on language modeling with emphasis on scientific accuracy and explainability.
  • Communicate analysis results via presentations to a multi-disciplinary audience using clear, intuitive visualizations.
  • Establish and maintain best practices for data exploration, end-to-end model development and deployment lifecycle, and data/code/documentation management
  • Work on Qdata development to enable commercial projects leveraging real-world data through responsibilities such as creation of study plans, implementation of analyses, development of algorithms, and/or writing of publications.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with teams (e.g., Commercial, Product, Medical, Engineering/Technology, etc.) to translate clinical investigation questions into detailed data analytics requirements for internal and external projects.
  • Provide mentorship and knowledge sharing to team members in standardizing machine learning/natural language processing best practices.

Basic Requirements:

  • Doctorate in a quantitative discipline (e.g., data science, computer science, machine learning, biostatistics, health economics, etc.) with 3+ years of experience or Master’s with 5+ years of experience
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience with messy data (e.g., electronic health records, outcomes data) and analytical methodologies.
  • 3+ years of hands-on experience with machine learning model implementation & deployment, especially on clinical notes
  • 3+ years of hands-on experience with state-of-the-art natural large language models (e.g., BERT, Longformer, RoBERTa, etc.) in resolving use cases like named entity recognition (NER), text classification, entity relation extraction, etc.
  • Strong familiarity with programming languages, especially Python, Pyspark, R, SQL.
  • Strong familiarity with coding platforms, especially Databricks, Amazon Sagemaker, Visual Studio Code
  • Strong familiarity with unstructured text processing techniques.
  • Familiarity with clinical datasets and coding systems such as ICD, CPT, and RxNorm.
  • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Clear communication skills and able to deliver internal/external presentations.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects with high attention to detail


  • We provide health, vision, and dental coverage for employees
    • For our PPO plans, Verana pays 100% of employee insurance coverage and 90% of family
    • For our HDHP plans, Verana offers additional monthly $100 individual / $200 HSA contribution
  • 401k Match - 3% match paid year end, up to $1000/year
  • A generous parental leave policy and family building support through the Cleo Family
  • Flexible vacation plans
  • $700 Learning & Wellness stipend
  • $25/wk in Doordash credit
  • Spring Health mental health support

Final note:

You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Verana, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

Caution to Job Applicants: Be vigilant against potential scams. Verana Health will never ask for payment or personal information upfront. Verify company details, cross-check job offers, and trust your instincts. Any legitimate job offer will be received by a Verana Health email account (not via gmail, text or other means) Report suspicious activities to protect yourself and others in the job-seeking community.



Verana Health is committed to complying with all applicable pay transparency laws and supports equitable pay practices. We pay based on a market-based approach, supported with robust data and in alignment with the compensation of our existing team. We construct our compensation ranges based on the US national average but your pay may vary depending on your location and the cost of living index for that geographic area. In determining an offer, base salary will also be based on experience, qualifications, skills and market conditions.

Please note pay ranges for major metropolitan areas may be different.
National Pay Range
$154,000$200,000 USD