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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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What makes a successful data scientist? Here are the traits we are looking for:

  • Adaptable
  • Analytical
  • Curious
  • Logical
  • Problem-solver
  • Results-driven
  • Collaborative
  • Communicator
  • Creative
  • Efficient
  • Innovative
  • Insightful
  • Organized
  • Persistent

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  • Life Insurance

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Employee Quotes

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: San Francisco, California
Additional Locations: CA-San Francisco
Lead Data Scientist

Fundamental Components:
Responsible for development and delivery of predictive analytics solutions to drive behavior change and customer experience across channels. Lead a team of 3 to 8 Data Scientists in delivering predictive analytics solutions to drive customer engagement, next-best-action, and improve customer experience across critical journeys. Consult with business partners to understand problems and goals, understand business value, and translate into business opportunities to be captured through predictive analytics solutions. Develop and use advanced algorithms and statistical predictive models to determine analytical approaches and modeling techniques to evaluate scenarios and potential future outcomes. Drive experimental design of campaigns across multiple channels, i.e., web, mobile app, email, social, Apple watch, in partnership with marketing stakeholders. Evaluate campaign performance for further optimization in subsequent iterations. Develop and participate in presentations and consultations to business stakeholders on analytics results and solutions. Develop and build relationship with external clients and with Aetna leadership team. Contribute Subject Matter Expertise (SME) through interactions with team members, peers and managers to exchange complex information related to areas of specialization. Provide coaching and mentoring to junior level data scientists. This is a Telework opportunity.

Background Experience:
Master’s degree in Statistics, Math, Engineering or a scientific related field.

Minimum two years of data science or research experience performing predictive analytic solutions for healthcare industry. Must have experience working with mathematical analysis; statistical analyses; and experimental design specialization; working with business partners to understand problems and translate in business opportunities captured through predictive analytics solutions; performing hyper-parameter tuning and cross-validation with machine learning algorithms including supervised learning, clustering and natural language processing. Must have experience working with the following: R, Python and SAS for data manipulation, modeling, regressions, time series and geospatial analysis; data management in Hadoop including Hive and IBM data studio; deploying prediction models through H20, Scikit-Learn, Pyspark and Sparklyr; and data visualization implementing Tableau, ggplot2, and matplotlib.

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

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