Research Coordinator - Health Moonshot

Barcelona
Health Moonshot – Research
Full-time
Research Coordinator Alpha – Health Moonshot
 
Alpha
Alpha is an innovation start-up based in Barcelona, established by Telefonica in early 2016.  Alpha’s mission is to create Moonshots: audacious projects that use radical ideas and breakthrough technology to address some of the biggest challenges in society.  Moonshots are designed to affect 100 Million people or more, be a force for good on the planet, and grow into impactful businesses.
We are building a team to work on ground-breaking and life-changing projects in the health and energy sector.  More Moonshots are to come in a range of exciting domains.
 
Alpha Health Moonshot
Worldwide, healthcare costs have been increasing faster than GDP for 50 years, whilst key indicators such as life expectancy have plateaued in many countries.  The root cause is a change in disease burden; across the world, today’s biggest diseases and biggest killers are chronic diseases such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, and mental health disorders.  In fact, for every life saved from infections since 2000, we’ve lost two lives to chronic disease.
It’s now well-established that the main cause of chronic diseases is everyday behaviours such as poor diet, lack of exercise, using tobacco, excessive alcohol, or lack of sleep.  Yet healthcare systems are not geared-up to manage such behaviours at their source.  To make the challenge even harder, pioneers in neuroscience and behavioural economics have begun to reveal that people are not even really in conscious control of much of their everyday behaviour.
At Alpha, we believe that advances in neuroscience, mobile computing, and machine learning now mean we can help people to take control of their own behaviour, optimise their life, and limit the effects of unhealthy behaviour on their bodies and their minds.
To support our work, we are partnering with the best academics, developers, companies, and professionals around the world.
 
Alpha Health Moonshot: Research Department
Alpha Health Research is an interdisciplinary lab that enthusiastically encourages mixing different scientific domains.  Our team includes experts with very different cultural and professional backgrounds.  We collaborate with world leading psychologists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists and behavioural economists.
Our mission is to harness unprecedented data sources, machine learning advancements, new knowledge about brain and human behaviour, and to bring concrete value to people helping them living happier and healthier lives.  We discover new scientific knowledge but we are also driven to apply our research in practice, bringing actionable information from data and scientific knowledge to health products that measurably improve lives of millions of people.
 
Requirements
We are looking for a researcher, preferably in technical sciences, with the following background:
- Excellent organizational record keeping skills
- Experience with designing scientific experiments and writing technical documentation/papers
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills
- Independent and self-motivated, able to work with various people
- Solid understanding of scientific methods (statistical skills are a plus) and analytical thinking ability

Responsibilities
A candidate is expected to coordinate research projects, work on the ongoing projects together with development, UX and strategy teams in Alpha Health, and liaise with lawyers for producing necessary documentation. The candidate will have an opportunity to work with academic groups at the world’s top universities and contribute to defining and conducting ground-breaking scientific projects.

Alpha Perks
We provide all the necessary help and perks to make your life at work and outside of work fun and comfortable all year round, like:
-       Benefits package (health, pension, life)
-       Casual dress code and open culture
-       Flexible work schedule
-       High social impact with world-wide reach
-       Free daily catering for lunch and large stocked kitchen
-       Weekly ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions with guests talking about the most varied world topics
-       Work and learn with some of the very best minds in innovation and ideation
-       A friendly and open environment
-       A democratic team culture that encourages everybody to contribute ideas and acquire new skills
-       Based in Barcelona, right by the beach!

Final Note
Join us on this exciting journey if you’re motivated by making the world a better place, for real, by making a positive impact on society and by improving people’s lives.  This is about solving really hard problems – not (just) about making cool things.  You could personally have an effect on millions of people’s lives.  Are you up for the challenge?