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At Aetna, we’re pioneering a total approach to health and wellness. As a Data Scientist on the Analytics & Behavior Change team, you’ll build leading-edge analytics, data and technology platforms to help reimagine health care. We’ll count on you to help solve problems and deliver meaningful insights to our customers by leveraging innovations in data science, machine learning and predictive modeling techniques. And we’ll support you in achieving more in your life and your work.

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At Aetna Analytics, the team uses machine learning techniques and data visualization to derive insights from the data to guide our efforts to understand and care for our members more effectively and at a lower cost. Each team member is responsible for a new weekly insight. We have a great mix of new graduates and senior data scientists. I’m constantly blown away at the talent, creativity and drive on our team!

Karen S., Senior Director - Enterprise Analytics

Working at Aetna, gives you the opportunity to use the data to make a change. A change that could save lives, could prevent fraud, a change that really matters and a chance to work with like-minded people to make a difference. A great team, helpful colleagues, intelligent co-workers make the journey to learn and innovate that much more fun.

Tanvi K., Data Scientist - Clinical Analytics

Job Details

Lead Data Scientist

Primary Location: Cupertino, California
Additional Locations: CA-Cupertino
Lead Data Scientist, Applied Machine Learning
Are you looking for an opportunity to analyze petabytes of data in a world-class Hadoop cluster and generate insights to help consumers achieve their health ambitions, whether its running the Inca Trail Marathon or playing tackle football with their grandchildren? Aetna's Member Analytics team is focused on delivering strategically impactful programs and tools to help members across all life stages feel the joy of achieving their best health in their own way.
This position lies within the Attain team. Attain ( is an app developed by Aetna in collaboration with Apple that leverages the Apple Watch sensor data and Aetna's medical claims data in order to create personalized health recommendations for our members. Attain relies on a powerful rewards mechanism to incentivize our members to stay active and complete key healthy actions like getting a flu shot and adhering to medications.
Position is based in Cupertino CA

Fundamental Components:
The Lead Data Scientist, Applied Machine Learning will be responsible for:
  • Building the next generation of machine learning-based personalization tools (e.g. recommenders) to power Attain
  • Analyzing correlations between the Apple Watch sensor data and the Aetna claims data to understand member health and wellness
  • Using sensor and claims data to potentially detect various diseases and conditions and infer health status of our members
  • Presenting insights and predictive model efficacy to senior leadership

Background Experience:
Qualifications include:
  • 5-7 years of experience as a data scientist in a big data environment (knowledge of Hadoop and/or Hive a plus)
  • Proficiency in data science techniques including machine learning, statistical modeling, experimentation, and visualization
  • Expertise in SQL and Python/R (knowledge of Spark a plus)
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to work well with people from various disciplines (Product, Marketing, Finance, etc.)
  • Experience in project planning and serving as a technical lead for a team of 2-4 data scientists

Potential Telework Position:

Percent of Travel Required:
0 - 10%

EEO Statement:
Aetna is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

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