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Software Engineer -- Natural Language Processing more...
Location:Boston, MA
First posted:May 10, 2017

There is a revolution occurring in the healthcare industry driven by electronic data resources that were unavailable even a few years ago. Optum Analytics and OptumLabs is leading that revolution. As a software engineer on our team, you will help us find solutions that transform terabytes of healthcare information into actionable data.

Humedica, now Optum Analytics, is an innovative venture capital backed healthcare technology company with offices in Boston. OptumLabs is the health care industrys first open collaborative research and innovation center. We are looking for a software engineer with experience in Natural Language Processing to form a bridge between our two organizations. At Optum Analytics, youll have access to healthcare information that spans the continuum of careincluding EHRs, Practice Management Systems, and claims. Our data are comprehensive and account for 65M patient lives in the U.S. At OptumLabs, youll work with thought-leading partners to enable innovation and ground-breaking research. At both organizations, our goal is to improve patient care and patient value.
We are looking for engineers who are excited by the idea of Big Data and the challenges it poses. Your primary responsibilities involve working on a team of NLP engineers to prototype and develop new tools for data analysis and QA. You will work with researchers at OptumLabs and clinical experts from their partner network to produce NLP output in a range of domain areas such as Alzheimers disease, low back pain, substance use disorders, cancer, etc., defining the projects and see them through to completion. You should understand the importance of test-driven development throughout the entire software lifecycle and be able to work in an Agile framework. Above all, you should be curious about what is possible in healthcare with the right data and tools.

Required Qualifications

Degree in computer science or related field

Solid programming experience in Python, C++, or Java

Experience with machine learning algorithms, including the ability to develop prototypes and refine them based on client feedback

Experience with range of Natural Language Processing techniques, including text processing, text annotation, regular expressions, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with large-scale, open-source frameworks

Experience with test-driven development

Familiarity/experience with Agile software development

Strong 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 worlds 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: 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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