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UnitedHealth Group

Principal Data Scientist - Eden Prairie, MN, Boston, MA or Telecommute


Data Scientist



Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States

Combine two of the fastest-growing fields on the planet with a culture of performance, collaboration and opportunity and this is what you get. Leading edge technology in an industry that is improving the lives of millions. Here, innovation is not about another gadget; it is about making health care data available wherever and whenever people need it, safely and reliably. There is no room for error. If you are looking for a better place to use your passion and your desire to drive change, this is the place to be. It's an opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

The Principal Data Scientist is responsible for the creation of analytic and statistical methods, design of predictive models, and the integration of methods and models into commercially available analytic products. Knowledge of statistics, machine learning, programming, data modeling, simulation, and advanced mathematics will be used to identify opportunities, explore business questions, and make valuable discoveries for prototype development and product improvement.

You’ll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with the Analytic team to design, develop, test, and execute health informatics research and to build analytic tools and models that assess current and future health care utilization, costs and quality from multiple data sources
  • Research, identify, & implement new approaches and methods for analyzing and using administrative claims and clinical data using traditional and emerging technologies such as machine learning ad deep learning
  • Identify opportunities and determine solutions to improve capabilities of current analytic products
  • Participate on cross-functional project teams and deliver analyses, methods, and/or models according to project schedule
  • Research issues and identify root causes of reported issues; will require understanding of overall business and use of products by customers
  • Participate in client discussions and effectively represent subject expertise. Provide clients with analytic guidance and consultation that is relevant and actionable
  • Collaborate with IT and business units
  • Produce clear and comprehensive documentation of methods, logic and process steps. Present findings and results to both business and development audiences

You’ll 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 provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD or master’s degree in medical economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Healthcare Informatics, or related healthcare analytics experience
  • 5+ years of experience in healthcare analytics/informatics
  • 5+ years of experience with claims episode grouping and/or predictive modeling software
  • 3+ years of experience with healthcare predictive modeling and/or machine learning
  • Experience using claims and/or clinical data in applications such as: risk identification and stratification, cost and utilization reporting, provider measurement, trending, benchmarking, population health and care coordination, quality measurement or clinical outcomes
  • Experience in big data environments (e.g. Microsoft Azure, AWS, SPARK)
  • Experience with Tableau and/or other data visualization tools
  • Solid knowledge of administrative claims and/or clinical data accessed via large data warehouse environment
  • Proficiency with SQL, R, Python, and/or other statistical programs
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite (including Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using Symmetry or Impact analytic products (ETG/ERG/PEG)
  • Solid technical leadership and training skills. Ability to guide the work of others without a direct reporting relationship
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills, with attention to detail
  • Self-assured, self-motivated and results oriented
  • Innovative/creative
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent collaboration and customer service skills
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential job function of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment

Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make health care work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world's large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

Colorado, Connecticut or Nevada Residents Only: The salary range for Colorado residents is $97,300 to $176,900. The salary range for Connecticut / Nevada residents is $97,300 to $176,900. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, UnitedHealth Group offers benefits such as, a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase and 401k contribution (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements). No matter where or when you begin a career with UnitedHealth Group, you’ll find a far-reaching choice of benefits and incentives.

*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to 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.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.