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UnitedHealth Group Principal Research Scientist, Healthy Aging - Minnetonka, MN in Minnetonka, Minnesota

UnitedHealth Group is a company that's on the rise. We're expanding in multiple directions, across borders and, most of all, in the way we think. Here, innovation isn't about another gadget, it's about transforming the health care industry. Ready to make a difference? Make yourself at home with us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)

OptumLab's efforts are driven by math, data, and clinical science, but also focus on the human connections required to understand and treat the chronic diseases that afflict nearly half of the world’s population. To do so, our team tracks the latest in science, technology, and clinical care - including what we can learn from our own data. We then apply these things via research studies, clinical trials, and pilot programs that identify new ways to prevent, detect, and intercept disease for our members.

We are looking for a researcher with expertise in gerontology and a passion for translating science to improve the lives of older adults. The ideal candidate is creative, forward thinking, and adaptable to fast-paced nature of the healthcare industry. This job is ideal for someone who loves research, has recently earned, or will soon earn a PhD wants to improve health care, and wants to apply research to the real world. Career development and advancement opportunities abound.

Primary Responsibilities :

  • Partner with business / venture colleagues to progress ideas from discovery to seed and collaborate with external partners

  • Identify and explore new investment opportunities in Healthy Aging

  • Develop a multi-year research program in an area(s) critical to healthy aging. Recommend, design, and lead research studies to advance our understanding of various aspects of healthy aging. Subjects may include but are not limited to:

  • Nutritional aspects of healthy aging

  • Interventions to address frailty, gait, balance, falls and mobility impairments among older adults

  • Novel methods for monitoring or early detection of cognitive impairment.

  • Interception and early detection of diseases (e.g., Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Diabetes, Parkinson’s, Cardiovascular Disease, Osteoarthritis)

  • Design and analysis of interventions and services that are personalized to the needs of older adults

  • Engaging traditionally underserved populations

  • You will work closely with a team of data scientists to analyze and interpret medical claims data and provide critical thinking and actionable interpretation of data science findings. You will work with your team to use these findings to help inform investment decisions and enterprise strategy

  • You must be a team player and be genuinely willing to work with interdisciplinary groups and help others around you. You may be asked to mentor your colleagues in formal or informal capacities. The ideal candidate will approach this part of the job with great enthusiasm

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Ensure compliance with IRB requirements and ethical standards for research / practice

  • Synthesize information across different fields of study, data sources, and philosophies in order to develop innovative and empirically-sound points of view and internal position papers on aging

  • Stay current with developments and trends in federal / state health policy, particularly policies that impact the lives of older adults

  • Build relationships with people throughout the enterprise, your field, and the healthcare system at large to improve our thinking and extend our influence through external publications, pubic-speaking, and conference attendance

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 in psychology, gerontology, human development, neuroscience, public health, or related field with an emphasis in health and aging

  • Experience working in ambiguous situations, creates community

  • Solid quantitative skills and a demonstrated ability to design and lead research studies with aging adult populations

  • Experience writing and submitting IRB protocols

  • Ability to locate and synthesize large amounts of scientific information and translate into commercial products / offerings

  • Ability to communicate your conclusions clearly and elegantly to non-technical audiences

  • You will be asked to perform this role in an office setting or other company location

  • Employees are required to screen for symptoms using the ProtectWell mobile app, Interactive Voice Response (i.e., entering your symptoms via phone system) or a similar UnitedHealth Group-approved symptom screener prior to entering the work site each day, in order to keep our work sites safe. Employees must comply with any state and local masking orders. In addition, when in a UnitedHealth Group building, employees are expected to wear a mask in areas where physical distancing cannot be attained

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Industry or R&D experience

  • Curious, interesting, willing to work closely with an interdisciplinary team - is more important than your actual field of study

  • Entrepreneurial mindset, a go-getter with creative ideas and curiosity to try things differently

  • Highly motivated and skilled problem solver

  • Flexible and adaptable to a fast-paced R&D environment

  • Attentive to detail

  • Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals or media outlets

  • Teachable, eager to learn about new technologies, products, and businesses

  • Enjoys interactive and communicative team environment

  • Ability to analyze and validate the scientific rigor of commercial products for aging adults

Careers at UnitedHealth Group. We have modest goals: Improve the lives of others. Change the landscape of health care forever. Leave the world a better place than we found it. Such aspirations tend to attract a certain type of person. Crazy talented. Compassionate. Driven. To these select few, we offer the global reach, resources and can-do culture of a Fortune 7 company. We provide an environment where you're empowered to be your best. We encourage you to take risks. And we offer a world of rewards and benefits for performance. We believe the most important is the opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

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.

Job Keywords: Principal Research Scientist, Healthy Aging, Minnetonka, MN, Minnesota

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