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Data Scientist at Virta Health
San Francisco, CA, US

Virta is the first company with a clinically-proven treatment to safely and sustainably reverse type-2 diabetes without the use 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, marketers and more under one roof, Virta collects comprehensive data on our patients’ experience. The Data Science & Analytics team leverages this data to build the next generation of health care for chronic diseases.  Data scientists at Virta drive science, analytics, and algorithmic solutions into the fabric of Virta’s products and decision making. You will be an evidence-based partner to our product and business teams as we scale our operation to reverse type 2 diabetes in millions of people.


  • Be the owner of the data ‘roadmap’ for the teams you work with, determining the right mix of science, analytics, and algorithms needed to drive impact
    • Reframe vague but mission-critical business objectives into empirical problems that can be addressed with your skillset
    • Weave stories with data to communicate the results of your work or performance of your models to leaders and individual contributors alike
    • Optimize our products and decision-making with deep analysis of user behavior, experimentation, or models deployed to our production environment
    • Participate in setting the direction of highly cross functional teams (data science, product dev, clinical ops, marketing)
  • Collaborate with other data scientists to solve problems by building extensible software and replicable analyses

90 Day Plan

Within your first 90 days at Virta, we expect you will do the following:

  • Set the analytical agenda for you and your partnering teams
  • Immerse yourself in the rich, longitudinal data we collect on our patients
  • Code and ship one new data pipeline or model
  • Teach and inspire other data science team members through knowledge sharing, pair programming, and/or giving feedback during code reviews


  • You have 3+ years experience applying data science & analytics to real business problems
  • You enjoy communicating progress, trade-offs, and the results of your work to team members from other functions
  • You are passionate about optimizing business decision-making through experimentation and deep analyses of users and processes
  • You have experience in directly optimizing core products or operations through models you’ve deployed to production systems
  • You are expert in Python’s open source data ecosystem, and are strong with SQL

Values-driven culture

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