Senior Research Scientist (Optical Engineering)


Boston, MA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Research Sci/Assoc/Mgr
  • Industry: Consumer
  • Post Date: 11/25/2021
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  • Company Address: 1325 Boylston Street, Suite 401, Boston, MA, 02215


Whoop is an online health and fitness analytics tool that empowers athletes through continuous monitoring of physiological performance data.

Job Description

At WHOOP, we're on a mission to unlock human performance. WHOOP empowers members (Olympians, Professional Athletes, Fitness Enthusiasts, etc.) to perform at a higher level through a deeper understanding of their bodies and daily lives. We’re looking for a Senior Research Scientist who is excited to work with physiological data and can help us identify and evaluate cutting edge sensor technologies and find ways to leverage the data they produce to provide value to our members.
As a Senior Research Scientist on the R&D team, you’ll help develop the next generation of optical sensing technology. You’ll work at the intersection of hardware, software, and analytics to design the optical sensors that power the WHOOP product. You’ll leverage simulations to inform sensor design and collaborate with engineering in the construction of prototypes. You’ll help analyze the collected data in an iterative process to inform further sensor designs. You’ll formalize, document, and refine your learnings in the process of filing valuable patents and creating intellectual property. Your efforts will ultimately aid in the deployment of cutting-edge technology to the marketplace, helping our members live healthier and happier lives.


    • Design optical sensors for physiological sensing
    • Leverage simulation results to inform optical hardware design
    • Design experiments and analyze data to iterate on optical hardware design
    • Work collaboratively in a R&D environment adapting to rapidly evolving requirements
    • Manage and prioritize research efforts and maintain accountability to tight timelines
    • Communicate effectively with immediate and external team members
    • Work with other research scientists on analysis and algorithm development
    • Work with engineers to develop sensors to enable algorithm development


    • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field preferred
    • 5+ years experience in biomedical optics/imaging
    • Experience with optical simulation software (e.g. Zemax, COMSOL) and optical system design
    • Experience with wearables and noninvasive biological sensing
    • Proficiency in statistics and signal processing
    • Proficiency in scientific Python and data visualization
    • Experience working within a team and cross-functionally
    • Ability to formulate hypotheses, draw conclusions and deliver results
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to present findings to stakeholders and communicate results to technical and non-technical audiences
    • Understanding of exercise physiology or athletic experience is preferred
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