Data Scientist/Machine Learning Academic Researcher

Published date Posted on Indeed on Aug 05, 2022 (14 d ago)

The University of California, Institute for Prediction Technology (UCIPT) ( is seeking to hire someone in the research specialist series in the area of health informatics. This position will be jointly a part of the UC Irvine campus (Departments of Informatics and Emergency Medicine) as well as the UCLA campus. The applicant will help lead an initiative to provide digital tools to help public health and policy organizations solve important societal problems, such as opioid overdose, crime, and poverty.

The search is comprehensive and we encourage applicants from a broad range of disciplines to apply. The area of study is highly interdisciplinary, related to backgrounds in computer science, design, education, health informatics, humanities, media arts, organizational studies, psychology, and software engineering. We are especially interested in applicants with data science/machine learning/natural language processing expertise, and/or in developing digital behavioral interventions.

This is for an academic position, where the researcher is required to have excellent research experience, including evidence of prior published manuscripts.

The position will be primarily remote for the medium term future, pending university updates on COVID-19, but applicants will need to be able to periodically (approximately once a month) attend in-person meetings in Irvine, CA.

Applicants are able to bring their own ideas and/or work on existing projects, with an ultimate goal of helping the postdoc develop their own research agenda.

Potential projects are:

  • Developing the AI software/models/tools that mine social and behavioral data and provide feedback/maps to help public health and safety officials (requires experience in data science).
  • Modeling text and image data from digital behavioral interventions (e.g., online communities, social media, wearable devices, AR/VR) that incorporate psychology for behavior change
  • Overseeing development of AI-based products and services that leverage our research, including software and online classes (involves product design experience)
  • Development of a cryptocurrency and modeling of financial instruments

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay: $52,000.00 - $60,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Holidays
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

COVID-19 considerations:
We conform to the University of California requirements for COVID-19.

Application Question(s):

  • Do you have experience developing mobile apps (android or ios)?
  • Deal breaker question: Do you have experience working with health and/or social/behavioral datasets, such as social media and health record data?


  • Python: 2 years (Required)
  • social or health-related data, such as social media datasets: 2 years (Required)

Work Location: Remote

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