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Lead Research Scientist


An exciting direction for Affectiva is the automotive market, where we are bringing our technology into next-generation vehicles, including semi-autonomous and autonomous, to improve driver safety and enhance the user experience. 

This position is to lead a research team developing new models for assessing driver physiological and cognitive states, such as drowsiness and distraction. The ideal candidate will be passionate about leading teams of researchers to develop highly accurate behavioral models based on computer vision and machine learning. As the lead researcher, the ideal candidate will be required to work closely with the rest of the organization to ensure key requirements are understood and key deliverables are met.

This position will report to the VP of AI.


  • Define and execute a research roadmap in conjunction with key stakeholders

  • Experiment with new modeling techniques, including both deep learning and traditional machine learning approaches

  • Manage individual research scientists on a day to day basis: provide research as well as technical guidance

  • Establish data requirements and best practices: create study design as well as annotation guidelines, review collected data to ensure

  • Communicate regularly with the project management team on research progress and including meeting key milestones and deliverables




  • Ph.D. or M.Sc. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Strong development skills in Python and C/C++
  • 6+ years of experience working with machine learning in embedded applications: model quantization, fixed point neural networks (CNN and RNN)
  • Experience leading a team of scientists working on an applied research product
  • Strong research and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills


Additional Information and Company Benefits:

  • Full-Time Position located in Downtown Boston
  • Competitive Benefits Package including Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Long-Term and Short-Term Disability
  • 401K Matching
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Casual Startup office culture, collaborative office space
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Complimentary snacks, drinks, and weekly team lunch.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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