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UnitedHealth Group Sr Director Data Science - 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)

At Optum Labs, our Engineering group leverages science, data (including medical claims, health record information, and biosensor data) and machine learning algorithms to build new tools that are reshaping the delivery of healthcare. We are seeking an expert Data Scientist to contribute to the development of our digital health data intelligence platform. In collaboration with world-class scientific domain experts and business leadership, the ideal candidate will design intelligent digital health products including physiological monitoring systems, digital care intervention tools, and mathematical models of disease. Working with other data scientists and engineers, the candidate will further use their expertise in machine learning to build the algorithms that bring these products to life. This candidate is recognized as a thought leader in a technical area of importance to OptumLabs and able to stimulate and advance the work of teams of engineers and data scientists, which may or may not be under the candidate’s direct supervision.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with a diverse group of domain science experts, business leaders, and customers to identify new implementations of machine learning algorithms for healthcare

  • Design end-to-end products that use data and algorithms to enable better delivery of care and faster cycle times on generation of scientific knowledge

  • Serve as a thought leader, seeding new ideas, hypotheses, and products to be pursued by teams of data scientists and engineers

  • Develop machine learning software using Python, Airflow, Git, and Google Cloud tools

  • Conduct research to evaluate the performance of developed tools and iterate on their design and maintenance

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 degree in quantitative discipline such as Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Operations Research, or related field OR MS degree with 3+ years of experience in a data science or engineering environment

  • Experience in a research or product development environment as demonstrated through past work products or projects

  • Deep knowledge of statistical machine learning methods and experience implementing them in tangible assets

  • Solid, efficient coding skills in Python

  • Experience using data processing pipeline software such as Apache Airflow and the Google Cloud suite of technologies

  • Experience leading data scientists or engineers through either direct supervision or collaborative projects

  • 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:

  • Experience developing data products that leverage digital signals

  • Curiosity, a passion for experimenting, and drive to ensure that algorithms deliver the results expected

  • Ability to work in a dynamic, adaptive culture and work environment

  • Expertise in machine learning, artificial intelligence, or bioinformatics as demonstrated through scientific publications or conference proceedings

  • Solid communication skills with both technical and non-technical collaborators

  • Willingness to challenge assumptions and use data to develop new hypotheses and drive decision-making

  • Expertise in one or more of the following data science domains:

  • Reinforcement learning

  • Biostatistics and bioinformatics

  • Time series modeling and forecasting

  • Causal inference

  • Computational biology

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: Sr Director Data Science, Minnetonka, MN, Minnesota

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