Health Care Safety/Epidemiology, Health Economics/Outcomes Research, Pharmacoeconomics/Health Economics
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The Senior Outcomes Research Associate uses SAS, R, Excel, and other analytic tools to conduct analyses to support Optum’s Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO) Division (formerly QualityMetric). Our group is committed to improving healthcare through quality measurement in PRO survey design, development, validation, and outcomes analysis and reporting. The group supports customers across the health research life cycle of drug development for regulatory needs and for exploratory and observational studies. Beyond clinical trial expertise, our team helps practitioners, payers, and policymakers use PROs. We also work with other clinical outcome assessments such as clinician-reported outcomes and observer-reported outcomes. This small team of experienced experts in psychometrics, with backgrounds in cognitive and clinical psychology, sociology, public health, biostatistics, and epidemiology, is based in Johnston RI, within driving distance from Massachusetts and Connecticut. Our team is mostly office-based and we promote a collegial atmosphere and a strong work-life balance.
The Senior Outcomes Research Associate independently works on assignments with indirect supervision from senior staff. Candidates should have experience with survey research, including research design, survey development and psychometric analysis, as well as a range of statistical approaches for outcome analytics. The SeniorOutcomes Research Associate is expected to develop statistical analysis plans, conduct literature searches, and write sections of technical reports and produce scientific posters and presentations for a range of projects ranging from small, rapid turnover projects to large, multi-phase projects across multiple disease areas. Strong writing abilities are required. SAS or similar statistical programming experience is required.
Conducts literature searches
Supports and assists scientists in study design and dataset management
Performs programming and statistical analyses and prepares required graphs, tables and figures using the appropriate software tools
Preparation and quality assurance of study deliverables, including models, final reports, manuscripts, posters and presentations
Documents results from both quantitative and qualitative analysis
Co-authors technical reports, summaries, and protocols
Co-authors and publishes manuscripts
Prepares for and presents at professional meetings and client-sponsored events, and prepares and publishes associated abstracts
Assumes responsibility for completing tasks in a given timeline and in accordance with quality standards
Follows company and department standard operating procedures
Interacts effectively and collegially with all employees, fostering a supportive and cross departmental sharing environment
PhD plus 1 year of relevant experience OR Master’s degree plus 4 years of relevant experience in a related field including Psychology, Epidemiology, Sociology, Economics, Statistics, Public Health, or other social science-related field.
Strong background in measurement and quantitative methods, including ability to write statistical analysis plans, manage data sets, analyze data, and interpret results
Minimum of 3 years SAS or similar statistical programming experience
Proven track record of publications, including but not limited to the following:
At least 1 peer-reviewed published article or equivalent experience (such as large number of complex unpublished technical reports for clients, internal statistical manuals or documentation, etc.)
At least 5 abstracts accepted for presentation 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; work requires few clarifications / editions
Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional team environment
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
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About OPTUM, a UnitedHealth Group company
Optum, the fast growing part of UnitedHealth Group, is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business. Our teams are dedicated to modernizing the health care system and improving the lives of people and communities.
Serving virtually every dimension of the health system, we work with a diverse set of clients across 150 countries – from those who diagnose and treat patients to those who pay for care, deliver health services, and those who supply the cures. Optum maintains operations across North America, South America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Our innovative partnerships provide technology and tools that enable unprecedented collaboration and efficiency. As a result, we can tap into valuable health care data to uncover insights and develop strategies for better care at lower costs.