Deadline: November 26, 2014

Geisinger’s initiatives in bioethics are entering a new phase of growth, spurred in part by the system’s embrace of the IOM’s concept of a learning health care system—a phase that will include both developing and consolidating avenues of collaborative inquiry, primarily in genetics/genomics, in patient engaged research, and in advanced illness and end of life care.

Working under the supervision of the system-wide director of bioethics and in tandem with investigators in these (as well as other) domains, the Associate Director for Research will have major responsibility for the successful pursuit of these avenues of collaborative inquiry:  by facilitating the research of others, by collaborating with others on studies of shared interest, and by undertaking and spearheading research consistent with his or her own expertise.  The overarching aim will be to develop a solid but diverse program of empirical bioethics research, worthy of, and successful in gaining external funding and recognition.


  • A doctoral degree (PhD, MD) is required.  An advance degree in bioethics is not, but demonstrated familiarity with issues and questions in bioethics, especially in the domains of genetics/genomics, patient engagement, or advanced illness and end of life care) is required. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are necessary, along with demonstrated effectiveness in grant-writing.
  • Education, training and experience in the use of mixed (both qualitative and quantitative) methods for empirical inquiry are required.
  • Experience in securing grant funding for bioethics (or related) research is preferred.
  • Also required is a minimum five years of progressive experience in a health care-related field.

Geisinger Health System serves nearly 3 million people in Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania and has been nationally recognized for innovative practices, research and quality care.  In Danville, PA, find the best of life in small-town America – good schools, safe neighborhoods with affordable housing and a wealth of cultural and recreational activities. The surrounding natural beauty provides opportunities for fishing, skiing, canoeing, hiking and mountain biking. Urban life is easily accessible, with New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia or Washington DC just an afternoon’s drive away. 

For more information, email Daniel Davis, Ph.D., Director of Bioethics at  Or contact Dr. Davis c/o Jocelyn Heid, Professional Staffing at or 570-214-6117/Cell 218-343-9566. 

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