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Junior Research Scientist - Telecommute - 895615

Seattle, WA 98104 Work Remotely
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The Junior Research Scientist will support public domain research predominantly funded by external grants from entities such as National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Optum Center for Wellbeing Research (OCWR) is organized and staffed to support grant research end-to-end, including the process of applying for grants, management of grants, and the promotion of research findings. The Junior Research Scientist will work closely with Principal Scientists to manage study implementation, maintain budgets, design participant recruitment and data collection materials, monitor study activities, and oversee research quality. Junior Research Scientist will also conduct data analysis and assist with manuscript writing as well as assist with preparing grant applications and project proposals and internal projects supporting business goals as required. This position will include grant manager, data analysis, and junior research scientist responsibilities.

If you are located in the Pacific time zone, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • In collaboration with scientific leadership, oversee and implement internally and externally funded research studies and projects
  • Implement research studies: develop and maintain project timelines, oversee development of study materials and procedures, maintain study documentation and manage records, oversee study recruitment and data collection, develop and implement data quality procedures, plan and facilitate project meetings, develop and maintain the standard operating procedure documents for each study or project, prepare IRB applications and annual reports for federal agencies
  • Manage contracting process and negotiate with internal and external legal, privacy, and compliance entities
  • Develop and manage project budgets. Identify and monitor staffing needs
  • Ensure compliance with IRB regulations and adherence to federal or other agency funding regulatory requirements
  • Act as team leader for projects and studies, facilitating communication with collaborating agencies, consultants, outside agencies and project personnel as well as internal teams such as legal, privacy, operations and IT
  • Exhibit leadership skills such as task and project prioritization, communication at appropriate level/frequency, and providing feedback to other grant staff. Supervise the work of Research Assistants and Associate Grant Managers and provide mentorship
  • Manage the NIH grant application process. Contribute to the preparation of grant applications, including writing budget justifications, developing grant budgets (working with other Optum departments), contributing to literature reviews, and assisting with methodology development around operations and IT capabilities. Ability to contribute to scientific portions of grant applications
  • Under direction of Principal Investigator, conduct end to end data analysis of study data including program evaluation and randomized trials and write analysis and results sections of manuscripts. Assist with other sections of manuscripts as needed. Also take the lead on the writing of technical reports, posters, and presentations
  • Participate in strategic planning for the department and take on leadership and administrative responsibilities as required
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:
  • Master's degree in public health, social work, psychology or health related field
  • 3+ years project management experience required, including experience creating and managing project budgets, developing and managing timelines
  • Knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation methodology and human subjects protection
  • Working knowledge of data management, reporting, statistical analysis, and statistical software programs, including SAS and R
  • Ability to design appropriate analyses and work with scientists to conduct and write up analysis plans and results
  • Previous experience working with legal departments and/or Institutional Review Boards (IRB)
  • Advanced skills in software such as Word, Powerpoint, Excel
  • Ability to take scientific ownership of research and evaluation projects as needed
  • If you need to enter a work site for any reason, you will be required to screen for symptoms using the ProtectWell mobile app, Interactive Voice Response (i.e., entering your symptoms via phone system) or a similar UnitedHealth Group-approved symptom screener. Employees must comply with any state and local masking orders. In addition, when in a UnitedHealth Group building, employees are expected to wear a mask in areas where physical distancing cannot be attained
Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD
  • 3+ years research experience, including grant writing.
  • Publication(s) in peer-reviewed research journals, ideally as lead author
  • Working knowledge and understanding of federal regulations related to research with human subjects
  • Experience writing business requirements for technology solutions
Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make the health system 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

*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.

Posted: 2020-10-24 Expires: 2020-12-26

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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