Research Scientist II: Health Economics and Advanced Analytics

Avalere is seeking a Research Scientist II to join our growing Health Economics and Advanced Analytics practice.

Avalere Health is a strategic advisory company whose core purpose is to create innovative solutions to complex healthcare problems. Based in Washington, DC, the firm delivers actionable insights, business intelligence tools, and custom analytics for leaders in healthcare business and policy. Avalere’s experts span 200 staff drawn from Fortune 500 healthcare companies, the federal government (e.g., CMS, OMB, CBO, and the Congress), top consultancies, and nonprofits. The firm offers deep substance on the full range of healthcare business issues affecting the Fortune 500 healthcare companies. As an Inovalon company (Nasdaq: INOV), Avalere’s focus on strategy is supported by outstanding data analytics that generate unique insights and meaningful business improvement. Through events, publications, and interactive programs, Avalere insights are accessible to a broad range of customers. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @avalerehealth.

The Research Scientist II will join our growing Health Economics and Advanced Analytics (HEAA) practice. The HEAA practice consists of staff with specialized experience, such as health economists, data scientists, health service researchers, and project managers. The Research Scientist II will lead and participate in the conceptualization, execution, and delivery of analyses in health economics, comparative effectiveness, performance measure development and testing, outcomes research, and epidemiology, as well as qualitative and strategy-based work products for clients. We also work closely with other practices within Avalere and Inovalon, applying the full scope of the firm’s knowledge base to the development of multidisciplinary, creative solutions on behalf of our clients.


  • Contributes complex, advanced technical SME to projects
  • Contributes high-level SME to complex scopes and ideates project design and methods
  • Responsible for technical scope writing
  • Authors study reports and scientific publications, abstracts, and posters
  • Identifies and develops solutions to key strategic business problems using high-level modeling and statistical analyses techniques
  • Utilizes SQL to perform advanced-level data extraction, transformation and data management; fully documents and manages library of source code and algorithms for future use
  • Develops and tests hypotheses in support of research and product offerings, and communicate findings in a clear, precise, and actionable manner to our clients
  • Strong technical reviewer of deliverables; produces deliverables requiring minimal editing
  • Interfaces independently with clients to design research studies, protocols, predictive and advanced analytics, observational research, reports and, publications
  • Manages complex technical tasks on projects
  • Develops SME in junior staff


  • Master’s degree in computer science, machine learning, applied mathematics, econometrics, statistics, engineering, physics, or related discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5–8 years of professional experience in healthcare or pharmaceutical industries; experience working with administrative claims data and big data preferred
  • Demonstrated high-level problem solving, analytical reasoning and decision-making skills
  • Advanced understanding of and experience in researching and resolving data issues with a logical, instinctive, and problem-solving mentality working with large, complex and incomplete sources
  • Business analytical skills (process flows, procedures, spreadsheets, modeling, etc.) and strong understanding of design and architecture principles
  • Exhibits excellent project management skills, with an ability to work independently on multiple projects with competing priorities and a strong commitment to meeting goals and deadlines
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word
  • Advanced understanding of database management tools (e.g., Hadoop, Hive, or MapReduce)
  • Advanced analytical skills and ability to understand and interpret results based on advanced statistical techniques
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in IT and business environments; ability to communicate to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Adept at working independently in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment
  • Knowledge of health care, health policy, pharmaceutical, medical device, and related issues
  • Excellent ability to manage challenging client situations
  • Excellent ability to troubleshoot and recommend solutions
  • Excellent ability to translate complex information for a wide range of clients

Inovalon provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

How to Apply

All applications should be submitted through the Careers section of our website at Please submit copies of the following application materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Writing sample

Candidates may be required to complete an interview exercise or assessment as part of the final-round interview process for this role.

*Avalere is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.