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747209 Research Scientist Johnston RI

Research Scientist - Johnston, RI (747209)

Position Description

We're changing the way health care works for the better. That means consulting with our members, partnering with our physicians, and delivering drugs in the most efficient and effective way. Join us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)


The Scientist plays a key role in ensuring the scientific development of QualityMetric’s world-class health assessment products and conducting strategic projects. This position supports patient-based outcomes research (e.g., quality of life, functional status assessment, disability, satisfaction, etc.) for client-sponsored and internally-funded projects. 


The Scientist acts as a lead for project and proposal completion, including supervising and training junior level staff, and participates in various roles (e.g., lead, project analyst, report-writing) for a large portfolio of projects ranging from small, rapid turnover projects to large, multi-phase projects.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all final project deliverables for which s/he is PI in terms of accuracy, quality, timeliness, and financial project performance
  • Interacts with clients, clinical experts, and research support staff to ensure that projects are completed in a timely fashion and in accordance with quality standards
  • Manages projects efficiently and effectively within guidelines of company and department standard operating procedures
  • Designs studies, manages large data sets, analyzes data, interprets and reports results
  • Prepares technical reports, summaries, and protocols
  • Prepares and publishes scientific reports and manuscripts
  • Prepares for and presents at professional meetings and client-sponsored events, and prepares and publishes associated abstracts
  • Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theory, as well as current science literature
  • Interacts effectively and collegially with all employees, fostering a supportive and cross departmental working environment
  • Delegates work as needed, providing supervision and training/mentoring to junior-level staff
  • Responsible for a moderate amount of participation in client calls and proposals for business development

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD or Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • 3+ years post-doctoral experience, or 7+ years with Master’s

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong background in measurement and quantitative methods, including ability to design study protocols, manage large data sets, analyze data, interpret results, and to oversee work of junior-level staff
  • Proven track record of scientific accomplishment, including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Acted in lead role or co-lead role for at least 5 projects and/or at least $350,000 worth of work
    • At least 5 peer-reviewed published articles, lead author on at least 1 (abstracts not included; can be “in press”), or equivalent experience (such as large number of complex unpublished technical reports for clients, internal statistical manuals or documentation, etc.)
    • At least 10 abstracts accepted for presentation; Must have presented at least 3 of these at a major scientific venue, or equivalent experience teaching college-level curriculum or industry workshops

  • Strong work ethic, ability to work independently, and demonstrated organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; Conveys messages clearly, accurately, and concisely, and work requires few clarifications/editions

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional team environment
  • Proven ability to translate knowledge of client needs into successful proposals
  • Proven track record in meeting timelines without being prompted, and ability to manage multiple competing priorities
  • Self-starter who can creatively problem-solve, make decisions, and take initiative to lead and drive projects to completion
  • Strong integrity; Follows ethical research standards
  • Demonstrates commitment, dedication, cooperation, positive behavior, adaptability, and flexibility with changes in responsibilities and duties.

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)


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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: quantitative, study protocols, project management, data sets, manuscripts, proposals 

Job Details

  • Contest Number747209
  • Job TitleResearch Scientist - Johnston, RI
  • Job FamilyPharmaceutical Research
  • Business SegmentOptumInsight

Job Location Information

    United States
    North America

Additional Job Detail Information

  • Employee StatusRegular
  • ScheduleFull-time
  • Job LevelIndividual Contributor
  • ShiftDay Job
  • TravelNo
  • Telecommuter PositionNo
  • Overtime StatusExempt

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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