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739596 Senior Research Analyst San Francisco CA

Senior Research Analyst - San Francisco, CA (739596)

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 University of California and UC Health system (comprised of 5 institutions – UCSF, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Diego) have joined OptumLabs as a research partner. As a part of this relationship, OptumLabs will provide a Senior Research Analyst (SRA) to provide research services across the UC institutions. The SRA will provide support to UC partners on navigation of the OLDW data environment, appropriate use of the data assets, programming (SAS, SQL) best practices, and interpretation of data findings. The SRA will create, prepare, and present content at “bootcamps” for UC data users twice annually and will coordinate additional training opportunities as needed. The SRA will contribute to the intellectual design and interpretation of research projects and depending on skill and experience, may be called upon to execute particular phases of projects, including protocol development, programming specifications, analytic dataset creation, statistical analysis, creation of tables and figures, and interpretation of findings. The SRA will be assigned 75% to support UC institutions and 25% to other OptumLabs activities, likely focusing on activities in our West Coast locations. This role requires in depth working knowledge of secondary data assets in applied research settings. In some cases, The SRA will work under the oversight of the Director of Research assigned to UC and may oversee activities of other 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 Support for UCHealth and other University of California Partners (75%)
  • Advise researchers in:
  • Navigation of the OptumLabs data environment
  • Appropriate use of the data assets
  • Programming (SAS, SQL, R) best practices
  • Interpretation of data findings.
  • Create, prepare, and present content at “bootcamps” for UC data users twice annually (1 in northern CA and 1 in southern CA)
  • Coordinate additional training opportunities as needed
  • Assist researchers at UC with resolution of data problems, questions
  • Support execution of projects by UC research when requested, including:
  • Development of detailed study protocols
  • Drafting of programming specifications
  • Programming of analytic datasets
  • Execution of descriptive and multivariate analysis
  • Create tables and figures based on results
  • Interpretation of findings to audiences of varying technical skill levels
  • Research Support for Additional OL Partners and Initiatives, largely West Coast based(25%)
  • Similar activities to above for non-UC partners
  • Contribute to the reputation of OptumLabs as a leader in Innovative Scientific Discovery and Innovation
  • 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

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum 2 years programming claims data or a Master's or Doctoral Degree in Biostatistics, Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science, Epidemiology, Statistics, Information Systems, or PharmD
  • 3 years programming in R, SQL, or SAS; if SAS, working knowledge of Proc SQL required
  • highly motivated and able to work independently, comfortable with ambiguity
  • possess strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • detail-oriented
  • Ability to communicate effectively across a variety of technical and non-technical audiences
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced team-oriented environment
  • Must be able to perform most job tasks with minimal supervision

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1+ year of experience with administrative claims data, EHR/EMR data, or complex relational health care databases required
  • 2+ years’ experience in observational research, managed care, pharmaceutical or similar field

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)



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: SAS, SQL, Proc SQL, EHR/EMR, Observational Research, Pharmaceutical, Administrative Claims, Biostatistics, Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science, Epidemiology, Statistics, Information Systems, PharmD, San Francisco, CA, California, Eden Prairie, MN, Minnesota, Cambridge, MA, Massachusetts

Job Details

  • Contest Number739596
  • Job TitleSenior Research Analyst - San Francisco, CA
  • Job FamilyPharmaceutical Research
  • Business SegmentOptumInsight

Job Location Information

  • San Francisco, CA
    United States
    North America
  • Other LocationsEden Prairie, MN
    Cambridge, MA

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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