Senior Data Scientist

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Arizona, Arizona

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Digital Hlth Transfrm-Delivery

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Information Technology

Good health care is key to a good life. At Banner Health, we understand that, and that's why we work hard every day to make a difference in people's lives. Do you like the idea of making a positive change in people's lives - and your own? If so, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

As Banner continues to leverage technology to deliver the highest quality of possible care, Advanced Analytics using AI is a top priority in assisting our teams with data driven decisions. The Advanced Analytics team under Data & Analytics (D&A) is responsible for enabling data driven decision making at Banner Health utilizing artificial intelligence.

As an NLP Senior Data Scientist, you will be a senior member within our Advanced Analytics team, responsible for spearheading advanced NLP initiatives, driving innovation, and providing strategic direction in natural language processing and machine learning. With a focus on research, development, and implementation of cutting-edge NLP solutions, you will play a pivotal role in shaping our NLP roadmap, mentoring team members, and delivering transformative projects that elevate our products and services to new heights. This position helps build, manage & deploy Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning & NLP based solutions. In addition, this role is within Banner's cloud data platform (Databricks on AWS) and will focus on advancing the AI/ML based Advanced Analytical Capabilities across the organization's venues of care.

In this role as Senior Data Scientis you will be responsible for supporting the Advanced Analytics Team as part of the Data Platform Transformation initiative. In this role, you will lead the design, development, and optimization of advanced NLP algorithms and models for complex applications, including text classification, sentiment analysis, entity recognition, and information extraction.

The typical schedule for this role is Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. This can be a remote position if you live in the following states only: AL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV & WY. Banner Health IT was awarded Inside Pro and Computerworld's 100 Best Places to work in IT for 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023!

Your pay and benefits (Total Rewards) are important components of your Journey at Banner Health. Banner Health offers a variety of benefit plans to help you and your family. We provide health and financial security options, so you can focus on being the best at what you do and enjoying your life.

Within Banner Health Corporate, you will have the opportunity to apply your unique experience and expertise in support of a nationally-recognized healthcare leader. We offer stimulating and rewarding careers in a wide array of disciplines. Whether your background is in Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Managed Care Programs or Public Relations, you'll find many options for contributing to our award-winning patient care.


This position is responsible for providing data and analytic support for a specific subject matter area. This includes working with large databases and applying quantitative methodologies using advance analytical tools. This position proactively identifies new opportunities for the organization to improve on, using advanced scientific approaches and methods. Performs substantive, comprehensive, and quantitative analyses to produce data-driven solutions and recommendations to position the company competitively relative to outcomes, operations and profitability. Provides some mentorship and training to peers within immediate team and other teams across the organization. This position will work with a wide range of stakeholders and functional teams to improve business outcomes.


1. Interprets internal and external business challenges and recommends best practices to improve services, processes or products.

2. Solves complex problems. Takes a broad perspective including coordination with others outside own work unit, to identify innovative solutions.

3. Anticipates customer needs; assesses requirements and identifies new solutions. Interacts primarily with department and cross-department peers, supervisor, customers, peers' managers, patients and physicians.

4. Makes decisions guided by policies in non- standard situation. Impacts the achievement of operational, project or service objectives. Monitors and controls costs of own work and may manage budgets for moderate sized projects or programs.


Knowledge typically obtained with a Master's degree in the field of Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Health Services Research, Process Engineering, Business or related field.

A minimum of seven years of hands-on experience or equivalent with inferential statistics, A/B testing, machine learning, predictive modeling and statistical analysis techniques in a healthcare or similar environment. Must have experience in working with cross functional departments in order to serve as a liaison and provide relevant guidance or leadership. Must have strong project management skills and ability to work independently, manage large and multiple projects while organizing priorities. Excellent communication, interpersonal and critical thinking skills are required. Must have strong technical skills (SQL, SAS, Tableau, etc.). Must have knowledge of advance data science methods; examples include prescriptive, cognitive algorithms, big data analytics, commercial and open source Hadoop, data-mining, Python, "R", machine learning, or NLP.


Knowledge of subject matters such as process optimization, clinical workflows, population health, public health, disease prediction, re-admissions, imaging analytics and in/out-patient monitory and alerting is preferred. PhD in Math, Statistics, or related technical field is preferred.

Additional related education and/or experience preferred.


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