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Lead Research Analyst - Boston, MA or Eden Prairie, MN

UnitedHealth Group

Boston, MA
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Lead Research Analyst - Boston, MA or Eden Prairie, MN(Job Number:718110)

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A Lead Research Analyst in OptumLabs works directly with OptumLabs Partners and Senior Scientists on a variety of health care research projects and applied data initiatives.   The Lead Analyst consults with and advises researchers on all phases of a research project and executes multiple phases of a project including: study design, research protocol development, programming specifications, creating analytic data sets, data verification, descriptive and multivariate statistical analysis, and tables and figures for final reports. The Lead Analyst identifies the need for and leads research infrastructure projects and act as a statistical consultant for the researchers. This role requires in depth working knowledge of secondary data assets in applied research settings. Includes but not limited to testing and analyzing new data and software, will act as a data consultant, perform user acceptance testing for new data and application and insure data quality and appropriate data use. The Lead Analyst will contribute to the intellectual design and interpretation of research projects.  In some cases, Lead Analysts will oversee the activities of research analysts. We hire exceptional people who are highly motivated, have curious minds, and do not wait to be told what to do.  We expect our team members to be able to work independently, identify areas of need, and fill them.  Work at OptumLabs is conducted in a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary, academic/industry partnership environment which requires appreciation of diversity of perspectives and exceptional communication skills.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Research and Data Consulting (10%) may include (but are not limited to):
    • Work with observational data (administrative claims & EHR data) in an applied research setting
    • Lead the programming of new analytical methods developed in OptumLabs
    • Identify and lead infrastructure projects to improve continuously the OptumLabs research environment
    • Training and Consulting to insure data is used correctly and understood by user community
  • Design, Programming, and Statistical analysis for research studies in support of OputmLabs partners (80%) may include (but are not limited to):
    • Design or advise on the design of studies using observational data, develop detailed study protocols
    • Design and conduct claims data extract and programming
    • Executing descriptive and multivariate statistical analysis
    • Explain findings to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences
    • Creating tables, figures, results
    • Programming economic models
    • Working closely with Researchers and Analysts to identify data issues and solutions to the issues.
    • Complete project analysis documentation according to department standards
    • Work within budgeted project hours
    • Provide consultation for researchers on applied use of observational data asset
  • Contribute to the Reputation of OptumLabs as a Leader in Innovative Scientific Discovery and Innovation (10%) may include (but are not limited to):
    • Collaborate with Partners and OptumLabs staff in regular publication of studies and methodologies
    • Submission and participation in scientific conferences (e.g. Academy Health)
    • Training new employees and Partners on data use, statistical methodology, and other aspects of observational research
    • Lead and participate in presentations/workshops for internal and external audiences

Job Health Economics and Outcomes
Primary Location US-MA-Boston
Other Location US-MN-Eden Prairie
Organization Optum Labs
Schedule Full-time
Number of Openings 1
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UnitedHealth Group is the most diversified health care company in the United States and a leader worldwide in helping people live healthier lives and helping to make the health system work better for everyone.

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