UnitedHealth Group Director - Data Science - Boston, MA in Boston, Massachusetts

The Director of Data Science will provide leadership and direction to the continued development of our natural language processing (NLP) system which extracts structured data from free form medical text. NLP plays two major roles: (1) providing information that is often not stored in structured fields and (2) bringing contextual information related to the 'how' and 'why' complementing the 'what' and 'when' of structured data, such as reasons for switching medications . Because of the value it brings, the data asset from NLP is used throughout Optum Enterprise Analytics’ products and services.

As such, it is essential to the effective use of the NLP asset for this position to work cross-functionally with other teams within the organization and to present capabilities to external customers. We are looking for a creative, results-driven leader who is excited about impacting health care through the use of data analytics.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Direct a team of Machine Learning professionals, including both day to day management of the group AND setting the strategy for the team in concert with the direction of the company

  • Manage the NLP roadmap by working with Life Sciences and Provider organizations to identify and prioritize needed enhancements and extensions to the NLP system

  • Manage NLP development based on the roadmap

  • Work with Life Sciences, Clinical Informatics, Data Operations, and Product Engineering to ensure that roadmap items that will result in changes to the NLP data structure can be incorporated into existing products via backwards compatibility or planned for cross-functional development

  • Present the Optum Analytics NLP vision and capabilities to key external clients

  • Manage fulfillment of ad-hoc requests for information to support Life Sciences proposal requests by NLP staff

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Computer Science or related field

  • 7+ years of Machine Learning development experience

  • 5+ years of experience in managing development teams in a cross-functional environment

  • Experience in Natural Language Processing

  • Experience in client-facing roles – ability to interact with technical and non-technical audiences

  • Expertise in developing strategic roadmaps for expanding Machine Learning capabilities

  • Demonstrated capability of successfully managing multiple projects simultaneously

  • Knowledge of Python, C++, or Java

  • Experience managing Big Data projects using Hadoop/Spark

  • Experience with Machine Learning toolkits, e.g., TensorFlow, scikit-learn

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Published results in peer-reviewed Machine Learning journals / conferences

  • Experience in the Healthcare industry

  • Ability to work in a complex matrix environment

  • Excellent communication skills

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.

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