Director, Machine Learning - Telecommute

Company: UnitedHealth Group
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Type: Full-time
Posted: 28.AUG.2021
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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 t...


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)

Our team is seeking a Director, Machine Learning with expertise and experience in machine learning. This individual will be responsible for the research and development of advanced, high-impact machine learning techniques for various healthcare use cases such as disease progression, population health risk identification and intervention selection/optimization. This role provides an unprecedented opportunity to leverage large-scale proprietary healthcare datasets, internal team of subject matter experts and cutting-edge computing cloud infrastructure to craft innovative machine learning problems to challenging and high-impact healthcare problems.

You'll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and expand a fledgling applied research program with focus on impact-focused initiatives, rapid prototyping and obsession with converting applied research into software
  • Conduct research into machine learning methods for use cases such as disease early-onset and progression modeling (including uncertainty quantification), population health risk identification and patient intent/experience prediction - potential techniques could be regression, classification, sequence modeling, time-series methods, anomaly detection, clustering/segmentation etc.
  • Be a hands-on leader and teach by example by building prototypes using variety of predictive methods while adhering to the ML development cycle (e.g. iterative EDA, prediction specification, feature engineering and model tuning)
  • Participate in meetings business stakeholders, data experts, software/platform engineering, physicians to scope R&D use-cases and convert them into scope of work
  • Develop, justify, and execute key Applied R&D programs that advance key OptumLabs analytics and data capabilities.
  • Be a thought leader and coach the junior team members in the wide variety of statistical/predictive methods (e.g. DL, VAE, Bayesian nets etc) to attack a given prediction use-case
  • Build, mentor and lead a team of applied research scientists and data scientists.
  • Self-drive knowledge accumulation of methods and modeling advances by reading research publications, blogs and attending presentations and webinars

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:

  • Graduate (Masters/Phd) degree in engineering, information or STEM disciplines
  • 7+ years of experience conducting statistical, research-minded analysis of variety of data types/forms with aim to utilize this analysis into building or optimizing predictive methods
  • 5+ years of experience in programming with languages such as Python, R, Julia, Matlab
  • 4+ years of deep, hands-on experience with machine Learning applied to the healthcare, energy, industrial AI. Aerospace or other high-stakes domains (direct experience in a cloud environment is highly valued)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in scripting languages and utilities such as CLI tools, awk, sed, perl, regex etc.
  • Experience with one or many of these topics such in customer churn, intent prediction, disease/damage progression, anomaly detection, sequence-based models, time-series forecasting or time to event modeling
  • Experience in deploying machine learning models in a production setting (logging, monitoring, alerts) in a cloud environment
  • Exposure to extracting and manipulating data via tool/libraries/forms such as Spark, pandas, scikit family, numpy/scipy, matplotlib, streamlit

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 5 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)

Colorado Residents Only: The salary range for Colorado residents is $110,200 to $211,700. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. As of the date of this posting, In addition to your salary, UHG offers the following benefits for this position, subject to applicable eligibility requirements: Health, dental, and vision plans; wellness program; flexible spending accounts; paid parking or public transportation costs; 401(k) retirement plan; employee stock purchase plan; life insurance, short-term disability insurance, and long-term disability insurance; business travel accident insurance; Employee Assistance Program; PTO; and employee-paid critical illness and accident insurance.

*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group's Telecommuter Policy.

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: Machine Learning, AI, Research, Prototyping, Python, R, Julia, Matlab, Spark, pandas, scikit family, numpy/scipy, matplotlib, streamlit, Telecommute, Telecommuter, Telecommuting, Work at Home, Work from Home, Remote

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