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Sr. Principal Data Scientist - Deep Learning - Remote


Data Scientist


Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States

Optum is a global organization that delivers care, aided by technology to help millions of people live healthier lives. The work you do with our team will directly improve health outcomes by connecting people with the care, pharmacy benefits, data and resources they need to feel their best. Here, you will find a culture guided by diversity and inclusion, talented peers, comprehensive benefits and career development opportunities. Come make an impact on the communities we serve as you help us advance health equity on a global scale. Join us to start Caring. Connecting. Growing together.

Contribute to making healthcare more affordable, inclusive, and a modern experience across all Optum lines of business. Use your knowledge in statistics, probability theory, machine learning, deep learning, simulation, and other advanced methods to build and deploy enterprise scale solutions across the Optum business. Work with diverse and massive datasets using big data and machine learning tools such as python, Databricks, AzureML, spark, Ray, pytorch, mllib, and other tools that make the most sense for the problem being solved.

Digital product personalization models will be utilized and deployed within this opportunity

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

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop enterprise scale machine learning solutions using modern development practices with an eye on quality and scalability
  • Participate in meetings with business stakeholders, data experts, software/platform engineering, and digital product teams to scope data science use-cases and convert them into scope of work
  • Be a storyteller to explain the ‘why and how’ of your solutions to cross-functional teams and senior leadership
  • Assess internal data and processes to determine opportunities for application of advanced analytics for broad division-wide analytic usage
  • Be a hands-on leader and teach by example by building prototypes using variety of predictive methods while adhering to the ML development cycle (e.g. iterative EDA, prediction specification, feature engineering and model building and long term monitoring)
  • Be a thought leader and coach the junior team members in the wide variety of statistical/machine learning methods to attack data science use cases
  • Self-drive knowledge accumulation of methods and modeling advances by reading research publications, blogs and attending presentations and webinars

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:

  • Master's degree in computer science, applied mathematics, (bio) statistics, applied statistics, economics, business, or similar quantitative fields of study
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience in developing analytics with machine learning, NLP, and/or other related modeling techniques
  • 5+ years of experience using advanced data science tools such as Python, R, MATLAB, C#, Java and/or other related programming languages
  • 2+ years of experience wrangling large datasets with big data tools such as SQL, Databricks, Hadoop and Spark
  • 2+ years of experience managing analytical projects or data science resources
  • 2+ years of experience developing and deploying analytic solutions using AWS/Azure/GCP
  • Knowledge of Deep Learning

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with health care data
  • Experience with Databricks, AzureML, Sagemaker, Ray and/or Snowflake
  • Experience building and deploying deep learning solutions at scale in a cloud environment using tools such as pytorch, tensorflow, Theano.
  • Experience with version control (for example Git Version Control system)
  • Experience working in an agile environment
  • Experience with omni-channel analytics and consumer interaction channel optimization

Careers with Optum. Our objective is to make health care simpler and more effective for everyone. With our hands at work across all aspects of health, you can play a role in creating a healthier world, one insight, one connection and one person at a time. We bring together some of the greatest minds and ideas to take health care to its fullest potential, promoting health equity and accessibility. Work with diverse, engaged and high-performing teams to help solve important challenges.

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island, or Washington Residents Only: The salary range for California, Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island or Washington residents is $101,200 to $184,000. 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 employees working remotely will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy

At UnitedHealth Group, our mission is to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone. We believe everyone–of every race, gender, sexuality, age, location and income–deserves the opportunity to live their healthiest life. Today, however, there are still far too many barriers to good health which are disproportionately experienced by people of color, historically marginalized groups and those with lower incomes. We are committed to mitigating our impact on the environment and enabling and delivering equitable care that addresses health disparities and improves health outcomes — an enterprise priority reflected in our mission.

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.