Cogito: Director of Data Science

The Director of Data Science is responsible for the strategy and execution for our data science team. He or she is passionate about pushing the boundaries of our understanding of human behavior by using novel, longitudinal data streams to describe and define new aspects of human communication and impression formation.

This role will lead a team of data scientists, analysts and engineers, and will seek to answer product-discovery research questions using data-driven analysis and modeling approaches. In addition, the team creates dashboards to drive real-time understanding of conversational dynamics. Furthermore, this role is responsible for the security and maintenance of our data lake and supporting data access tools, which is the backbone of our data science capabilities.

This role reports to the Chief Behavioral Science Officer.


  • Design, operationalize and execute the strategy for data science at Cogito.
  • Manage a team of data scientists, data analysts and data engineers including hiring for the right cross-section of skills, managing their workload, work prioritization, and career development.
  • Maintain independent relationships with senior leadership to support overall company strategy.
  • Responsible for managing risk both within and across all data science projects and deliverables.
  • Collaborate with Product to develop clear testable hypotheses and deliver results to push product discovery & features forward.
  • Collaborate with Product to deliver data-driven dashboards to stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with technical leadership to develop both a cloud-based state of the art data lake and the related data access tools.
  • Stay up to speed on modern data and statistical approaches.


  • BA required, PhD preferred in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Neuroscience, Statistics, Math, Computer Science or relevant field.
  • 7+ years experience in data science.
  • 3+ years experience leading a data science team.
  • Ability to communicate with equal proficiency to technical or business colleagues.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced start-up culture.


  • Expertise in data analysis tools (Python, R, etc).
  • Expertise in modern statistical approaches.
  • Familiarity in cloud-based big-data tools and data infrastructure (AWS Athena)
  • Familiarity with traditional data management and presentation tools (SQL, Postgres, Excel, Tableau, Powerpoint, etc)


Your choice of comprehensive benefits for you and your familys health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance

Frequent catered lunch and live product demos

401(k) retirement plan options

Ongoing professional development and cross-training

20 days vacation time, 5 days sick time, 2 floating holidays and 11 company holidays (yes, Patriots Day is a holiday)

2 "Be Gentle" personal days

Company paid parental leave upon hire

Competitive pay, stock options, and annual bonus eligibility

Casual dress and fun office atmosphere

Pre-tax commuter benefits

Stocked groceries in the kitchen

Office location in the heart of Boston with convenience to the MBTA lines

Equal Opportunity Employer

Cogito is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fair hiring practices and to creating a welcoming environment for all team members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, familial status or veteran status.

Authorization to Work

Applicants for employment in the US must be authorized to work in the US.


Employee Testimonials

Joel Makhluf
Joel Makhluf
Director of Demand Generation

Cogito is a game changer, blending artificial intelligence, machine learning and behavioral science to elevate the human ability to recognize non-verbal social cues and be more emotionally intelligent. I am impressed with all facets of Cogito and knew I was making the right decision to join their team.

Martha Sager
Martha Sager
Business Development Manager

I work for Cogito because serving behemoth companies whose goals are to be customer-centered by empowering agents with tools that provide for more positive outcomes, benefiting all involved, is work that I am privileged to do.  

Derek Popek
Derek Popek
Talent Manager

I know Cogito is the place for me because it hits everything I look for in a company and in an opportunity. I want to be around brilliant, driven and nice people tackling big challenges and that is exactly what we’re doing at Cogito.