Talent Science is at the very core of what Talent Alpha is and what we are building. We believe that science is the key to unlocking many of the problems the future holds, especially in the context of preparing for the future of work. That’s why we are taking on the unprecedented challenge of identifying the skills and
traits that make both a successful IT specialist and IT project. With the help of Machine Learning and the best evidence-based knowledge coming from
psychological research, we are creating algorithms to match individuals in their current life circumstances to the best available projects on the market.
Our Talent Science Team is a diverse and highly specialized team of enthusiasts that push the boundaries of science and
technology. With their combined skills and focus they are creating an unprecedented model of human talent that will be used for recommendation and matching purposes on Talent Alpha’s Platform. “Our project-match predictions and growth recommendations will start to positively influence the lives of people working in IT very soon, I hope,” says Dominika Zaremba, head of the Talent Science Team.
So, with that said, let’s introduce our incredible Talent Science Team starting with Dominika.
Dominika is the Lead Cognitive Scientist in the Talent Science Team. She graduated with a degree in Cognitive Science and in Psychology from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. In the past she has worked as a Product Development Manager, UX Designer and Scientific Researcher, putting her talent to use in the fields of e-Health and Education. She obtained her scientific training in the Neuroplasticity Lab at the Jagiellonian University researching neural representations of numbers. Fascinated by the use of biomarkers in diagnosis and therapy, she was a researcher on a project aimed at identifying movement patterns correlated with Autism Spectrum Disorders and later worked on creating a gamified app for supporting people with depression. She recognized that she can use her passion and knowledge for looking for thoughts, emotions and behavioural patterns correlated with excellent job performance and that’s why she’s here!
People-oriented, friendly and boisterous, she is the glue that binds the team together and helps maximize the expression of individual talents. She loves speaking in public and sharing her passion for science and technology, especially in the areas dominated by intuition and analogue solutions. Despite her optimistic attitude, she treats challenges about the future very seriously and believes in taking action – she also supports environmental and pro-democratic initiatives. In her spare time, she organizes and leads national teams on Erasmus+ projects, educating youths about ecology, human rights and democracy. She feels that scientists have a solemn obligation to stay involved in public matters, because of their expertise and authority. Personally, she tries to live a life of fulfilment and chooses activities on the basis of their broader impact. “It is such a privilege to be able to invest my energy into things that benefit both the environment and people!,” she adds.
Key Gallup Strengths: Ideation, Connectedness, Woo, Arranger & Individualization
Bartek is finishing his PhD in Cognitive Psychology and is a very inquisitive and deliberate scientist. A member of the Consciousness Lab at Jagiellonian University, he is conducting research on different aspects of bodily awareness and the sense of agency, using both behavioural and electrophysiological protocols. He has had a distinguished academic career so far as he was a Laureate of the Diamond Grant from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, a prestigious polish grant for masters students. He also completed an internship at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, funded by UK’s Experimental Psychology Society.
Bartek’s sharp intellect and ability to guide genuine, deep discussions help us slice the complex problems into smaller, solvable ones. With analytical mind, he is effective when it comes to finding flaws and diagnosing problems on time. He has recently started a program in Data Science, he will support the team also from the analytical side.
He cannot think of a better way to spend his spare time than listening to and creating his own music (mostly, but not only, modern electronic forms), and reading-up about and brewing interesting teas (be it shincha, long jing, darjeeling, or alishan). If not at home, he is probably travelling, hiking in the forests or mountains, winters included.
Key Gallup Strengths: Intellection, Deliberative, Responsibility, Relator & Analytical
Natalia has a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and has vast interdisciplinary experience in clinical, educational and corporate settings. Her doctoral research about the developmental trajectory of executive function in children strengthened her skills in both cognitive assessment and project management. Her superpower is her ability to instantaneously recognize strengths in other people and direct them towards growth. Open to learning from people from different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life, she transforms inspiration into action.
Natalia is bold, open and adventurous. She often sets the direction of research activities for the Talent Science team. Many times playing the role of the devil’s advocate, she keeps an eye on the quality of the methodology of the research. Maintaining an intellectual status quo is unacceptable to her. She intentionally seeks out what is new and different and unexplored territories appeal to her adventurous spirit. She loves to test her limits in everything she engages in – travel, work, sports and thinking. She is passionate about extreme sports like climbing, freeride-snowboarding or motorcycling. She shares her active approach with her family, especially her young son, who joins her on her adventures.
Key Gallup Strengths: Learner, Individualization, Ideation, Self-Assurance & Activator
Mikołaj is a Psychologist with an interdisciplinary background in clinical, developmental, educational and academic fields. He gained experience as a scientist in projects of the Child Lab and Consciousness Lab at the Jagiellonian University, taking part in research on psychological self in adolescents, sensory substitution, metacognition and memory. As a student fascinated by the neuro-cognitive mechanisms of memory, he gained experience in a clinical setting working as an intern in Psychogeriatric Ward with focus on diagnosing various types of dementia and other neuro-cognitive disorders.
Mikołaj supports the Talent Science Team with his analytical approach, attention to detail, a strong passion for data analysis and pattern discovery. For this meticulous perfectionist, the lab is his second home. His ability to stay cool-headed and focused helps to keep our vivid discussions problem-oriented. Mikołaj holds high standards for himself and for the team and cautiously watches over the process to find any possible workflow optimization.
His preferred spare-time activities are photography, binging geek content on the internet and reading books on a multitude of topics (history, futurology, sociology, economics etc.). Mikołaj is fascinated by the possible influence of rapid technological advancements on environmental and socio-economic problems. Apart from that, he can often be found outside taking part in various outdoor activities including cycling (on a daily basis), hiking, sailing and bushcraft.
Key Gallup Strengths: Learner, Individualization, Intellection, Input & Analytical
Tune in next month for the next Episode of Talent Lab where you’ll be a fly on the wall as the team puts the finishing touches on the ‘alpha’ version of Talent Alpha’s new Talent Science App. Happy Holidays!