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Senior Data Scientist

Company: UnitedHealth Group
Location: Indianapolis
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

Optum, the fast-growing part of UnitedHealth Group, is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business. Our teams are dedicated to modernizing the health care system and improving the lives of people and communities.

Serving virtually every dimension of the health system, we work with a diverse set of clients across 150 countries - from those who diagnose and treat patients to those who pay for care, deliver health services, and those who supply the cures. Optum maintains operations across North America, South America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Our innovative partnerships provide technology and tools that enable unprecedented collaboration and efficiency. As a result, we can tap into valuable health care data to uncover insights and develop strategies for better care at lower costs.

You believe data science can help better the lives of patients and you are passionate about solving the biggest problems facing the healthcare system. At UnitedHealth Group, you'll find an organisation that will recognise those talents and provide you with the platform to grow. Here, you will be empowered, supported, and encouraged to use your data science expertise to help change the future of healthcare.

Optum, the fastest growing part of UnitedHealth Group, is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business. Our teams are dedicated to solving problems faced by the healthcare system and improving the lives of patients and their communities.

About the role:

As the Senior Data Scientist for Population Health Management (PHM) in Optum UK, you will play a crucial role in shaping our PHM product portfolio. Completing the founding team of data scientists in the Optum UK Data Science Unit (DSU), you will not only help define future product offerings but the direction of our entire organisation.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Research and apply advanced machine learning methods to develop new and augment existing PHM products.
  • Use programming skills to build data science-based web hosted apps.
  • Work with autonomy and in collaboration with other team members, including data scientists, analysts, developers, and clinicians, to contribute to the strategic goals of the PHM, Product and DSU Teams.
  • Be a thought-leader and expounder of the scientific method, a pillar of the Optum UK DSU.
  • Design and execute experiments from data gathering, cleaning and analysis through to presentation and delivery of results.
  • Communicate complex data science concepts and results in an accessible manner to various stakeholders including clinicians and business leaders.


    - -You will be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role, as well as providing development for other roles you may be interested in.
    Required Qualifications:


    • MSc, or equivalent, in a quantitative discipline.
    • Demonstrable experience of developing web apps that leverage at least one of the following data science techniques: regression, deep learning, support vector machines, Bayesian networks, and/or XGBoost.
    • Strong programming skills in Python, R, and/or Scala.
    • A well-rounded data science skill set including the ability to explain algorithmic processes/outputs.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
    • Ability to deal with multiple priorities.
    • Astute attention to detail and the integrity to openly report issues in a timely fashion.



      • Experience in building strong business relationships as a trusted partner.



        • A passion for solving problems and making a difference with data science.




          Desirable Qualifications:


          • PhD in a quantitative discipline.
          • Experience of gathering requirements from, and documenting processes for, end users.
          • Experience with reinforcement learning.
          • Experience working with healthcare data.
          • Experience developing patentable ideas and products.
          • Experience delivering data science education/training materials.




            Technology Careers with Optum. Information and technology have amazing power to transform the health care industry and improve people's lives. This is where it's happening. This is where you'll help solve the problems that have never been solved. We're freeing information so it can be used safely and securely wherever it's needed. We're creating the very best ideas that can most easily be put into action to help our clients improve the quality of care and lower costs for millions. This is where the best and the brightest work together to make positive change a reality. This is the place to do your life's best work.(sm)



            All telecommuters will be required to adhere to the UnitedHealth Group's Telecommuter Policy.



            Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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