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Head of Product



Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2024

About Thalamus

Our mission is to help the right doctors practice at the right hospitals to treat the right patients. We leverage a passion for technology, medical education, equity, and data-driven research to optimize physician recruitment, starting with the medical residency recruitment process.

Our philosophy is that the opportunity to practice medicine in an ideal environment should be accessible to all, and ample medical research has shown that this results in patients getting better healthcare outcomes overall. We built a comprehensive interview management platform, backed by evidence-based research, to innovate, streamline, and optimize the residency recruitment process.

Our cloud-based software is used by hospital program administrators and faculty to manage all the moving pieces involved with application review, scheduling, interviewing (including virtually), scoring, and ranking. We work with ERAS (the centralized application clearinghouse) and the NRMP (where the match algorithm does its magic). Applicants use Thalamus to sign up for interviews in real time (like OpenTable) and manage their calendars.

Thalamus was born out of our founders’ first-hand experience navigating this stressful and costly process during a particularly challenging interview season disrupted by Hurricane Sandy. Since then, the company has scheduled over 4M interviews for 350K+ physicians. Over 750 academic medical centers and hospital systems in the US & Canada — representing 7,000+ residency and fellowship programs in over 150 specialties — trust Thalamus to recruit their next generation of physicians.

With Thalamus's strategic collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announced in April 2023, nearly all academic medical centers and all medical residency and fellowship applicants will use Thalamus going forward. We are the premier solution and experts in Graduate Medical Education (GME) recruitment. The company is backed by prominent VCs in Silicon Valley.

This is the critical phase in the life of a physician dedicated to the dream of practicing medicine. Every year, approximately 50,000 medical students apply, and 35,000 match, to become medical residents at hospitals throughout the US. We’re honored to play our role in this process.

Role Description:

Thalamus is growing, and we’re hiring smart, creative people who will uniquely contribute to our culture and company. We’re a team of talented professionals who spend our days writing code, analyzing data, and designing applications that deliver client outcomes with the ultimate goal of Connecting The Docs™ for the betterment of the medical profession and patient care as a whole. We have extensive experience in our respective fields and are proud to be solving some of the toughest problems facing healthcare and similar industries today.

The Head of Product will report to our CEO to lead the evolution of our Product organization and champion our move into being a Product-led business.

You will…

  • Lead the overall Product function for Thalamus
  • Establish and champion a product-led mindset for the company
  • Shape the Thalamus Product vision in partnership with the CEO and leadership team
  • Define, execute, and curate Thalamus’s Product strategy and roadmap for all product lines
  • Ensure the product strategy is aligned with business goals and is supported by product discovery, market research, customer research, and competitor research
  • Communicate and evangelize the product vision, strategy, and roadmap internally and externally as appropriate
  • Hire, develop, and retain an exceptional Product team of Product Managers, Designers, and Data Scientists
  • Be the Thalamus product expert via research into graduate medical education (GME), our products, and our customers
  • Closely collaborate with the Head of Engineering and Head of Customer Success to ensure future and current customers' needs are addressed in the roadmap
  • Refine and mature the current Thalamus product portfolio while also building plans for Thalamus’s broader physician recruitment products
  • Maintain a culture to advance Thalamus’s vision that aligns with the company’s leadership code and operating principles

You should have…

  • Prior success leading some (or all) of a Product organization for a B2B SaaS product
  • Track record of success developing multiple products in concurrent workstreams through teams of Product Managers, Designers, and Data Scientists in partnership with Engineering
  • Proven leadership over Product, Design, and Data Science talent with a minimum team size of five people
  • Several performance cycles of management experience with distributed teams
  • Demonstrated success making products better and encouraging a high bar for product quality
  • Prior experience with 0 to 1 product development
  • Strong technical understanding to partner with technical teams and discuss trade-offs/prioritization
  • Excellent business acumen to research and prioritize product decisions
  • Exceptional communication skills with cross-functional teams
  • BA


  • Health industry experience
  • Pre-COVID cycles of managing distributed teams
  • BA in a technical field

The salary range for this position is $170,000-$235,000 and a grant of stock options. Final compensation will be determined based on experience, skills, and geographic location.



Our Mission, Vision, and Strategy ...

Our Mission (what we're trying to accomplish):

To help the right doctors end up in the right hospitals to treat the right patients

Our Vision (why it matters):

  • To help doctors achieve their life dream of practicing medicine
  • To help hospitals serve their mission and their community
  • To help the broader healthcare system improve patient care

Our Strategy (how we're going to do it):

To use technology to fundamentally improve the process of helping match the right doctors to the right hospitals

Our Values ...

Bravery with Purpose: We are leaders. Thalamus was founded to challenge the status quo, no matter how ingrained a process might be. We take chances while calculating risk. Even when opportunities don’t go as expected we study our results and try again.

Imagination Optimized: Imagination requires knowledge; without knowledge there are only ideas. At Thalamus, we imagine and create optimized solutions for our team, partners, and customers. We are flexible in approach, efficient in process, and nimble in scope and scale. We encourage personal and professional learning, collaboration, and growth.

Genuine Collaboration: We are passionate about our work and how we do it. We support our team, partners, and customers with respect, integrity, and sincerity. We rely on each other to achieve our goals accurately and efficiently. We are a better company when we are a better team.

We are opportunistically equitable, so diversity, inclusion, and belonging can flourish.

Our Commitment ...

Thalamus is a mission-driven organization centered on the belief that our company should model what we want of the US healthcare system, that the diversity of providers aligns with patient populations. We believe this is best achieved by building a team with a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences, including “distance traveled.” Thalamus is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), sex and gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), gender identity and gender expression (including transgender individuals who are transitioning, have transitioned, or are perceived to be transitioning to the gender with which they identify), age, sexual orientation, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, and any other consideration protected by federal, state, or local law. We encourage those who really want to make an impact and who exemplify our core values to apply for our open positions.

*This position is based in the United States, and you must be legally authorized to work in the United States.