Science Director, Healthyminds Innovations, Madison, Wisconsin (USA)

Healthy Minds Innovations is currently seeking to fill the position of Science Director by an experienced scientist to provide leadership, oversight and ensure scientific integrity of innovative tools and services being developed and disseminated. HMI’s signature product, the Healthy Minds Program, is a scientifically-based program designed to cultivate emotional well-being via both inperson training and scalable, mobile-based delivery. The successful candidate for this role will build and lead a team to integrate mobile measures into the Program, design the ways in which these measures are delivered to individual users and oversee the data collection, data display and visualization, analysis and iteration. The Science Director will also lead program evaluation and collaborate with scientists at the Center for Healthy Minds and other academic centers on more formal research studies to evaluate the impact of the Program. This role also has an external presence, working with customer organizations, donors and collaborators. This position is based in our Madison, WI office, but this position is fully remote while the HMI is working remotely under current conditions.

Healthy Minds Innovations is a mission-driven non-profit organization founded by world-renowned neuroscientist, Dr. Richard Davidson. Through our work, we promote well-being in the world by creating and sharing tools and services that are based on rigorous scientific research. Alongside our colleagues at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we are dedicated to realizing the vision of a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world. We are located in vibrant downtown Madison, Wisconsin.


  • Provide scientific leadership on the science of well-being that informs products and services provided by HMI, with guidance from Founder Richard Davidson.
  • Ensure scientific integrity of HMI products and services.
  • Proactively support the expansion of diversity among all components of the organization, including how well-being is defined and scientifically measured.
  • Build and lead a mobile measures team.
  • Prepare scientific papers and presentations for industry and academic purposes.
  • Maintain current knowledge in the field of emotional well-being and use of mobile technology and integrate into HMI offerings.
  • Conduct speaking engagements on the science of well-being.

Embody HMI’s core values.

  • Collaborate with the HMI team, particularly the Healthy Minds Program team.
  • Form good relationships with Center for Healthy Minds scientific staff.
  • Collaborate with the philanthropy team on funding partnerships.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with external stakeholders.

Lead the development of mobile well-being measures that are imbedded into the Healthy Minds Program

  • Create a roadmap for integrating mobile measures and be accountable for meeting milestones.
  • Build a team dedicated to the design, development, validation and usability of mobile measures.
  • Work collaboratively on behavioral/cognitive and passive device-generated measures of well-being.
  • Design metrics related to program evaluation, user experience, and others to ensure commercial success.
  • Work with the Healthy Minds design team to tailor measures to be used in various settings including workplace, healthcare, schools, for both adults and for adolescents.
  • Generate implementation insights that can be scaled across organizations and research studies (e.g., recruitment and implementation methods).

Lead the on-going development of mobile well-being measures

  • Create a roadmap and be accountable for meeting milestones for new measures-related initiatives.
  • Build and lead the team.
  • Assist with commercialization plans ● Meet with potential customers.

Oversee grant to develop mobile measures specifically for adolescents ● Create a roadmap and meet milestones/deliverables.

  • Develop a strong relationship with the funder.
  • Ensure reporting requirements are met.
  • Build and lead the team.

Lead research and evaluation collaborations using the Healthy Minds Program/Mobile

Measures with the Center for Healthy Minds, other academic partnerships and customers

  • Scope research projects with customers and coordinate with CHM to design specific research studies. Manage these research partnerships with customers as they evolve.
  • Collaborate with the Center for Healthy Minds on major research projects utilizing the Healthy Minds Program.
  • Design and lead program evaluation components and use principles of design-based implementation research.

Lead and Provide Oversight to Data Management, Analysis & Reporting

  • Oversee the creation of program operational processes that result in sharable and replicable standards, protocols, procedures, and other appropriate resources.
  • Oversee HMI data management, data sharing between HMI & CHM, and compliance with terms of use and research IRB.
  • Direct data analysis in the service of program improvement and decision-making.

Ensure data received by users and organizations is accurate and valid.

  • Manage analytic tools through which customers receive data and reports.

Customer Relationships, Stakeholders and Communication

  • Communicate the value of scientific assessment and research features of the program to potential partners and clients.
  • Assist customers with understanding what they want to measure.
  • Scope research projects with customers and coordinate with CHM to design specific research studies. Manage these research partnerships with customers as they evolve.
  • Support business development team in the development of implementation and service related materials to support commercialization.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The successful individual in this role:

  • PhD in Psychology, human computer interaction neuroscience or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience following post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience creating products and services that are evidence-based that have been commercially successful.
  • Demonstrated track record of publications in behavioral health, digital interventions, mHealth, behavioral assessments of cognitive and affective processes.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading research study design and execution.
  • Demonstrated experience in design-based implementation research and evaluation.
  • Experience with multi-dimensional data organization, visualization, and statistical analysis including conducting data analysis in the service of program evaluation.
  • Passion for the mission to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering.
  • Self-motivated; demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with other scientific and non-scientific colleagues as well as community stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication, project management, and leadership skills.
  • High degree of computer proficiency.
  • Creativity, flexibility, analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging research and development in applied mobile health.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, start-up environment.


We recognize that talent can come from people with a variety of backgrounds. If you have experience that matches the job responsibilities, that is the most important qualification for this particular role.

In addition, the successful candidate must:

  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Be able to work in the US without requiring sponsorship
  • Live in the greater Madison, Wisconsin area. If not local, the willingness and ability to relocate is required.

While not required, we especially encourage applications from people who:

  • At least 4 years post-degree experience.
  • At least 4 years of research and evaluation experience.
  • Experience working in industry.
  • Experience in leading multi-million-dollar projects from inception to completion. Strongly preferred.

Experience in human-centered design and in interactive design processes based on user experience.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary is commensurate with qualifications. ● HMI offers a generous benefits package.

Working at HMI:

HMI employees have a passion for what they do – our own well-being as well as the opportunity to improve the well-being of others.

We share a mission and workspace with the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our community is committed to three core values, which serve as the foundation of our workplace culture.


Our founder Dr. Richard Davidson (Richie) works with the most respected neuroscientists and contemplative scholars in the world. Learn about the latest research from leaders in the field at weekly community meetings and guest talks.


You’ll  meet amazing people from all over the world who visit the Center – from top

Fortune 500 CEOs to Matthieu Ricard to leading scientists.  Richie has also hosted His Holiness the Dalai Lama ten times here in Madison, and many employees have had the opportunity to meet him.


Our employee-driven Culture Committee meets regularly to bring our values to life and focuses on how we can continue to make this a great place to work.

Our facility is open-concept with a variety of work-spaces to support your work.  Collaboration is highly valued in our culture but dedicated space for focused, individual work is supported too.  Two kitchens, outdoor eating space, abundant natural light and plants make this a thriving environment to work.

Weekly guided and unguided meditation sessions are open to all employees in our beautiful and spacious meditation room.


If you see yourself in this role, please submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest via our online applicant portal.

Equity and inclusion are integral to achieving the vision of the Healthy Minds Innovations (HMI). We seek candidates with an awareness of and commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion across all spectrums. HMI is committed to continuously increasing the cultural competence of its leadership and staff through organization-wide forums and professional development opportunities.