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Staff Scientist, Geisinger Health System

Job Opening: Staff Scientist in Applied Behavioral Insights (ABI) team

Geisinger Health System seeks an outstanding behavioral scientist to serve as Staff Scientist for its newly-launched Applied Behavioral Insights (ABI) team. The ABI team was created to apply behavioral science methods to the design, implementation, and evaluation of "nudges"-lightweight behavioral interventions intended to improve outcomes and experiences for patients, providers, employees, and other stakeholders of Geisinger Health System. Geisinger is one of the country's largest integrated health systems, serving more than 3 million residents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As a learning healthcare system, Geisinger incorporates research into all aspects of medicine and healthcare delivery, aided by unparalleled access to electronic health records, insurance data, and other information.

The ideal candidate will have experience both in conducting original behavioral science research and in implementing research results within organizations. A Ph.D. in psychology, economics, decision sciences, marketing, management, or another relevant scholarly discipline is required, as are track records of publishing original empirical research, collaborating with others, and applying for research funding.

The Staff Scientist will report to Professors Michelle Meyer and Christopher Chabris, the founding Faculty Co-Directors of the ABI team. S/he will be based in Danville, Pennsylvania at the main campus and headquarters of Geisinger (although location is negotiable for an exceptional candidate) and will support Dr. Amir Goren, the ABI Program Director, in developing and executing the team's projects and operational capabilities, including taking lead on ABI projects as appropriate.

Dr. Goren: agoren@geisinger.edu
Professor Meyer: http://www.michellenmeyer.com
Professor Chabris: http://www.chabris.com

At a higher level, this position falls under the Steele Institute for Health Innovation. The Institute serves as the innovation "hub" for Geisinger Health System. The Institute's purpose is to support Geisinger innovators and lead the nation in building transformative, scalable, measurable, and sustainable solutions that improve healthcare delivery, patient experience, and costs. The Institute provides a nontraditional environment where bold, out-of-the-box thinking can flourish and where pioneering innovators can explore, define, and disseminate new models of healthcare.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, C.V. or resume, and two representative scholarly publications in a single email to Dr. Amir Goren, Program Director - Applied Behavioral Insights, c/o dagallagher@geisinger.edu. Questions about the position may also be sent to the same address. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Geisinger Health System is a large, integrated health services organization founded in 1915. Through its 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, the Geisinger Health Plan, and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central, and northeastern Pennsylvania, and in southern New Jersey. The system includes approximately 30,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, while Geisinger Health Plan serves 583,000 members throughout Pennsylvania and works with affiliates in Delaware and Maine. Research at Geisinger benefits from the system's 20+ years of electronic health records, its clinical data warehouse, and its rapidly growing biobank (more than 229,000 patient-participants consented for whole exome genetic sequencing, with over 92,000 exomes sequenced to date). Geisinger's main campus in Danville, PA, is located within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.


Required qualifications:

  • Experience using statistical software (preferably R, others acceptable)
  • Demonstrates strong critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrates the ability to work in an independent manner and complete increasingly complex assignments
  • Demonstrates strong teamwork skills and the ability to work effectively in a group environment
  • Demonstrates exceptional organizational, planning, and analytical skills
  • Demonstrates competence in written, oral, and electronic communication skills (interpersonal/communication and technological effectiveness competencies).

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience researching and/or implementing nudges
  • Training in behavioral economics
  • Experience with econometrics
  • Experience in interdisciplinary research and working in collaborative teams
  • Experience in the healthcare industry
  • Experience with programming (e.g., Python)
  • Experience with successful applications for external funding


  • A Ph.D. in psychology, economics, decision sciences, marketing, management, or any other relevant discipline is required
  • Graduate training in behavioral science research methods, including experimentation and multivariate data analysis
  • Minimum 2 years' post-doctoral experience managing behavioral or other research projects and supervising or otherwise collaborating actively in a team setting
  • Experience applying for research funding or other grant support
  • ​​​​​​​Scholarly publications


  • Work is typically performed in a research environment.

​​​​​​​OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.

ABOUT GEISINGER: Geisinger is a physician-led health system comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan Geisinger is nationally recognized for innovative practices and quality care. Geisinger serves more than 3 million people in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient AtlantiCare, A member of Geisinger. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine became the newest member of the Geisinger Family.

We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners. Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver.  We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.