Senior Data Scientist - Biometrics - Remote



Data Science
United Kingdom
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Simprints is a nonprofit tech company with a mission to radically increase transparency and effectiveness in global development. We build ethical, inclusive digital ID powered by biometrics to verify that health, aid, and services truly reach people. Simprints partners with organizations like Gavi to boost immunization rates in developing countries, Ministries of Health like Ghana on pandemic response, and NGOs like BRAC to deliver maternal healthcare. Studies have shown Simprints increases impact through real-time, precision data, for example increasing maternal health visits by 38% in Bangladesh or accurate HIV tracing by 62% in Malawi. Today we’ve worked in over 17 countries helping deliver health, aid, and finance to >2.5M people. Our goal is to transform the way the world fights poverty, ensuring that every vaccine, every dollar, and every public good reaches the people who need them most.

About the Role

We’ve just raised new catalytic funding to scale our work. We’re looking for an ambitious Data Scientist with experience in biometrics to join our team during this exciting growth phase. You will be working on improving our biometric products which are specifically designed to work in the toughest contexts of the planet. You will work in an agile, collaborative team with a commitment to clean code and robust design, along with a strong culture of continuous learning and improvement. If building technology for global health and international development sounds exciting, we want to meet you!


This is a remote job; we are currently only able to accept applications from candidates based in the United Kingdom, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Ghana, Ethiopia or Bangladesh and the candidate must have the right to work in one of these. We are unable to support relocation or visa sponsorship.


UK Grade 6: £55,000 - £75,000, with a cost-of-living adjustment for non-UK residents

Your impact

At Simprints, we want everyone to feel ownership of the tasks they are working on, starting from your first day. As a senior biometrics data scientist you will be given a “north star” in the shape of a KPI or goal and you will be asked to come up with a strategy to get there. Within the first month, we’ll help you set your environment up, and you will start playing with data. By your third month, you will have a good understanding of how our products are used and you’ll start evaluating and setting up metrics. In six months, you will lead with a high degree of autonomy our biometric algorithm evaluations and improvements plan. You will champion best practices to achieve the best operational accuracy and work closely with the engineering and delivery teams to implement them.

Role Responsibilities

  • Conduct thorough data analyses to understand product performance (e.g. biometric accuracy, adoption, user behaviour)
  • Evaluate and benchmark different biometric SDKs and algorithms on the market
  • Design data collection protocols and work together with the product and project management teams to collect data
  • Make recommendations on product performance improvements
  • Design and monitor product performance dashboards and KPIs
  • Use various statistical analyses and tools to optimise thresholds and deduplication processes using biometric algorithms (e.g fingerprint and face recognition)
  • Collaborate with other data scientist and engineering team to develop and maintain data models and company-wide dashboards
  • A passionate problem solver who can help us find a way to achieve our mission
  • At least 5 years of data science or data engineering experience with at least 2 on a biometric product (e.g. fingerprint, face recognition, iris, palm, etc.)
  • BSc/BA in Computer Science, Engineering or relevant field; graduate degree in Data Science or other quantitative field is preferred
  • At least 5 years of professional experience with a scripting language (like Python or R), a relevant data analysis package (e.g. Pandas) and SQL
  • Professional experience with git and running analyses in the cloud (e.g. GCP, AWS,...)
  • Strong math skills and experience running inferential/advance statistical analyses
  • Post-graduate studies in a biometrics related topic would be beneficial but not a requirement

7 Reasons to join Simprints

Life is short. We believe work should be awesome, meaningful, and fun. At Simprints we’re taking on global development’s biggest challenges, powered by an amazing culture and incredible people. Work with us, and you will grow faster, learn more, and take on real responsibilities with the potential to make lasting change.

  1. Genuine Impact. Work directly with our partners and users to deliver technology that has the potential to impact millions of lives.
  2. Incredible, diverse team. Ask any “Simployee” what their favorite thing about working at Simprints is, and the answer is likely to be “the people.” Our work is at the intersection of technology and global development, and we’ve managed to build an amazing team drawn from all over the world. But don’t take our word for it—we’re an externally recognized Great Place to Work and 2022 Best Workplace for Women
  3. Career Advancement. Join the team of a forward-thinking social enterprise that is making waves with some of the biggest names in our sector. Simprints Alumni have gone on to work for Google, USAID, Gavi the vaccine alliance, Save the Children, and other top players.
  4. Flexible hours. More efficient late at night? Better before the sun rises? Need to squeeze in a doctor’s visit Thursday morning? That’s fine by us. We are looking for people who get the job done, not for people who clock-in and clock-out. Outside of core hours (10am to 3pm UK) it's up to you to decide when the job gets done.
  5. Professional development and well-being. We promote continual learning with self-directed learning objectives, external mentors, and regular one-on-one feedback. We also put our money where our mouth is with a dedicated ‘Learning ’ budget, and access to global experts through the GLG network.
  6. Unlimited paid time off. We set high standards and goals, but give people the freedom to choose when and how to recharge. Join a team that trusts you with the job.
  7. 4 day work-week. We are currently on a 6 month pilot where we are trialling a 4 day work-week. Nobody is expected to work Friday's, so you'll get to enjoy a long weekend, every weekend. So far, the data has indicated this is a positive change, so we hope to make this a permanent fixture at the end of the pilot.

Simprints is an equal-opportunity employer. We pride ourselves in our firm commitment to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace. We aim to attract, hire, grow, and retain the most qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, ability, religion, nationality, age, sexuality, and other differences. We encourage interested and suitable candidates who are part of underrepresented groups to apply for this position.

We are recruiting on a rolling basis for this role. With that in mind, we advise candidates to apply as soon as possible as we will be reviewing applicants on a first come, first served basis. This vacancy will be closed once a suitable candidate is identified.