Post Doctoral Fellow - Behavioral Science of Ethics and Decision-Making
Geisinger Health System
April 17, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Academic / Research
Professors Christopher Chabris and Michelle Meyer are seeking an outstanding researcher for a position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Geisinger Health System. The postdoc will carry out behavioral science research on decision-making within the contexts of healthcare, ethics, organizations, and policy. Specific research topics may include:
“Nudges” and other lightweight behavioral interventions to improve decisions
Collective intelligence—how to measure it and how to increase it
How people make welfare-affecting decisions for themselves and for others
Attitudes about randomized experiments (e.g., A/B testing, cluster randomized trials)
Beliefs about the boundaries between the moral and commercial domains (i.e., whether “some things should not be for sale”)
Information avoidance, “deliberate ignorance,” and resistance to knowledge
Public understanding of genetic influences on behavior and health
The effectiveness of informed consent in clinical and research settings
The postdoc will report to Professors Chabris and Meyer, will collaborate with other researchers across disciplines at Geisinger, and will be based in either Danville or Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The postdoc will assist in planning and carrying out web-based surveys, field studies, and archival research, and in analyzing general patterns of responses as well as individual differences. S/he will be expected to employ a combination of approaches, from the identification and analysis of existing real-world data sets, to the design and analysis of field or lab intervention studies that collect process and outcome measures of decision making in various domains. We are particularly interested in candidates with strong statistical and/or computational skills. Other duties include contribution to ongoing research projects, preparation of talks and participation in seminars, and drafting reports, grant applications, and papers for publication.
A Ph.D. (completed by start of employment) in psychology, economics, decision sciences, marketing, experimental philosophy, communications, or any other relevant scientific discipline
Training in behavioral science research methods, including experimentation and multivariate data analysis
Experience with statistical software (preferably R, others acceptable)
Experience in interdisciplinary research, working in collaborative teams, and managing research assistants
Experience with statistical or computational modeling, or econometrics
Experience with programming (e.g., Python)
Duration: This is a one-year position with the expectation of renewal for additional years conditional on performance.
To apply: Please send a brief cover letter, C.V., and two representative publications or manuscripts in a single email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include names, titles, and contact information for two references. 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 that, through its 12 hospital campuses, serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeastern Pennsylvania, and in southern New Jersey. As a learning health care system, Geisinger integrates research into all aspects of medicine and healthcare delivery. 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 180,000 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.