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Senior Behavioral Scientist



Torch Leadership Labs



San Francisco, CA, US


The Senior Behavioral Scientist will own the scientific integrity of the Torch platform. She/he will develop tools grounded in contemporary psychological science, and with a high degree of validity and reliability. She/he will also consult with C-suite executives at enterprise level organizations to develop custom solutions around their internal developmental models, and will work with internal stakeholders to adapt the torch platform to their needs on a case by case basis. The Senior Behavioral Scientist will play a lead role in the evolution of Torch's platform, and will report to the COO/Head of Product.


    • Create valid, reliable leadership assessments that expand client awareness and facilitate growth (e.g., 360 reviews)
    • Work with product team on predictive analytics strategy for identifying developmental traits and patterns that lead to positive outcomes at the individual, team, and organizational levels.
    • Leverage existing data to create infographics, white papers, and other forms of marketing collateral that demonstrate the effectiveness of Torch's approach
    • Consult with customers to create custom solutions to their leadership development challenges


    • A Ph.D. in psychology (personality, industrial/organizational, social, or cognitive preferred) or related field from an R1 university
    • Expert fluency in modern statistical methods and tools (e.g., factor analysis, structural equation modeling, item response theory, computer adaptive testing, etc.)
    • At least 5 years relevant business experience, ideally in a consulting capacity
    • A demonstrated interest in leadership development and/or behavior change substantiated by a track record of peer reviewed publications in these areas, ideally as first author
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • A collaborative, humble approach to working with colleagues
    • Leadership/executive coaching experience preferred
Torch is a leadership development platform that combines the best executive coaches with software to help managers grow into great leaders. Backed by top tier investors, Torch is a fast growing, mission driven startup made up of psychologically oriented people who are passionate about helping leaders achieve their potential. As part of the product team, you will will drive a variety of science and research initiatives geared toward creating the next generation of leadership development tools. Torch's platform provides coaches, their clients, and our corporate customers with actionable insights into client and organizational strengths and challenges, helps coaches and clients set goals and develop action plans for development, and tracks goal progress via feedback from colleagues. 
We believe leadership matters. It’s not a vague, aspirational buzzword, but rather a well-defined set of competencies that has deep impact on the effectiveness and health of organizations. Healthy organizations lead to happy team members. They export their well-being to their stakeholders and to society in general.
We believe that people are the foundation of any product. While that sentiment is common to hear, it’s rare that people receive the resources they deserve.
We’re building our team to move the world (and ourselves) toward greater leadership. If that sounds worthwhile to you, join us.

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