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Lead Research Analyst - Eden Prairie, MN

UHG - Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Posted: 09/2/2018

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)


A part of the OptumLabs team supporting a large US non-profit health policy institute, the Lead Research Analyst (LRA) works directly on a variety of funded research projects. The LRA serves as the primary analyst and programmer on these research projects, and is responsible for project documentation, creating analytic data sets, and data verification. 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 LRA will contribute to the intellectual design and interpretation of research projects. 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:

  • Creating analytic data sets from OLDW data
  • Design or advise on the design of studies using observational data, develop detailed study protocols
  • Design and conduct claims data extract and programming
  • 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 assets
  •  Work with observational data (administrative claims & EHR data) in an applied research setting 
  •  Participate EHR workgroups (internal and external)
  • Collaborate with Partners and OptumLabs staff in regular publication of studies and methodologies
  • Training new employees and researchers on data use, programming, and other aspects of observational research
  • Participate in presentations/workshops for internal and external audiences

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s or Doctoral degree in Biostatistics, Statistics, Health Services Research, Epidemiology, Economics, or similar field
  • 3+ years of experience programming in SAS (including proc SQL) or SQL
  • 3+ years of experience in health services research or similar research area
  • 3+ years of experience with administrative claims data, EHR/EMR data, or complex relational health care databases
  • Proficiency in executing multi-step data management and analysis tasks
  • Experience working with observational data
  • Experience in development of analytic plans and ability to convert research protocols and plans to programming specifications
  • Ability to participate in project design and interpretation
  • Ability to recognize and solve technical problems

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team-oriented environment
  • Ability to manage competing priorities
  • Highly motivated and able to work independently
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of second programming language (e.g., R, SQL)
  • Strong background in statistical methods with observational data
  • Uses administrative claims assets for research

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, EHR/EMR, Biostatistics, Statistics, Health Services Research, Epidemiology, Economics, Eden Prairie, MN, Minnesota

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