Lead Data Scientist

Healthplus.ai is an Amsterdam-based HealthTech startup focused on enabling proactive surgical care by leveraging the power of AI on existing medical data. To help us with our AI and overall strategy, and model development, we are hiring a full-time Lead Data Scientist.

About us

Healthplus.ai is building machine-learning-based software that aids clinicians to provide more personalised and proactive patient care, based on insights from existing data, leading to improved patient outcomes, more efficient clinical workflows and a better experience.

We have recently launched the proof of concept of our PERISCOPE platform at the Leiden University Medical Center, where it uses EHR data to predict a patients post-surgery infection risk. With the infection risk score presented back to the clinician, action can be taken to reduce severity or fully prevent an infection, greatly improving patient outcomes and reducing their length of stay at the hospital.

After validating PERISCOPE in several large academic hospitals in the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway, the platform will be further developed into a production-ready product. In this process we closely collaborate with our partners SAS and PW Consulting as well as regulatory consultants CEplus to support us in certifying PERISCOPE as a Software as a Medical Device (SaMD).

In addition to PERISCOPE, we are also supporting Dutch healthcare provider Kysos to develop machine-learning techniques for retinal image analysis to help in the detection of eye disease.

Job introduction

As a Lead Data Scientist at Healthplus.ai, you’ll be leading the design, development and validation of the prediction models that drive the PERISCOPE platform which shall be deployed using SAS software. You will supervise a growing team of data scientists with different levels of experience and will be working closely with the management team to drive the data science and wider business strategy.

  • Design and development of the infection risk prediction model

  • Design and implement data engineering pipelines that will load, validate and pre-process data efficiently under production constraints

  • Work closely with the development team to integrate the model(s) into the product

  • Draft requirements and specifications for the machine learning models, taking into account best practices for data and model quality in data science and user needs

  • Formalise the model development, validation and deployment processes (including data preprocessing, model training and evaluation, optimisation, versioning) in close collaboration with our Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs (QA/RA) Officer and Tech Lead in order to meet CE certification requirements.

  • Organize and lead meetings with external stakeholders

  • Act as team lead for the data science department and mentor to junior data scientists

  • Collaborate with the full team and management to make strategic recommendations and improvements

  • Help create an in-house standard for high-quality code

  • Work on various data science projects

Educational profile

Bachelor's/Master's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, AI/Machine Learning or similar analytical field.

Knowledge and skills


  • 4+ years practical experience of data science/data engineering projects, including working with large data sets, machine learning modeling, statistics, experimentation, data visualization, optimization, software development

  • Extensive programming experience, preferably in Python and with related libraries/tools such as pandas, NumPy, scikit-learn, PySpark and Matplotlib

  • Practical experience with the Git software version control system or similar systems.

Preferred experience with

  • SAS Viya platform and the CAS programming language

  • Apache Spark, Docker

  • MLFlow

  • Agile methodologies

  • FHIR HL7 specification and electronic health records/systems

  • Image analysis using machine learning

We really value

  • Strong team player

  • Critical-thinking and ability to learn quickly

  • Strong analysis skills

  • Ability to work independently and be self-driven

  • Passion for data science and machine learning

  • Ability to communicate complex concepts and technical results to a non-academic/technical audience

  • Genuine interest in the field of healthcare

What we offer
  • Dynamic work in a small team with a horizontal management structure where everyone’s input is valued

  • Opportunity to work in a rapidly growing field and make a real impact in healthcare by solving complex problems using machine learning

  • Work for leading hospital clients and partners around the world

  • Informal working environment and flexible hours

  • Market-conforming salary

  • A great location at TNW City, a Google for Startup’s location, with a community of the fastest-growing tech companies in the Netherlands

To apply for this role, please send a letter of motivation along with your CV to jobs@healthplus.ai

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