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Geisinger is one of the nation’s largest rural healthcare systems located in Central and Northeast Pennsylvania. As a leading healthcare system, we generate scientific evidence, inform policies, and support practices to promote positive operational and health outcomes for our patients and communities. We collaborate with clinical leaders across the system to implement and evaluate innovative healthcare delivery models. Geisinger was recently designated as a participant in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Health System Implementation Initiative (HSII) and was awarded a HSII Capacity Building project to support their participation in HSII. An important component of the HSII Capacity Building project is applying implementation science concepts and theories to assess readiness for change and develop educational materials as the system prepares to engage in large implementation of evidence-based care.

The Implementation Staff Scientist serves as a project leader on funded implementation science project(s) in the Research Institute within the Geisinger College of Health Sciences. This includes serving as Co-Investigator; leading or co-leading team meetings; personnel management; and serving as a lead or co-lead liaison to clinical leadership


  • Provides program evaluation and implementation expertise to clinical departments to support successful implementation of evidence-based or evidence-informed programs and practices
  • Facilitates the practice of implementation, organizational change, and system transformation, including through the development of tools, measures, and learning resources that may be useful to support practitioners and system partners engaged in implementation
  • Engages in implementation evaluation
  • Develops and leads research projects within the defined scope of the supervising faculty member’s research program.
  • Responsible for gathering preliminary data for grant applications, completion of objectives of funded external grants, and preparation of completed work for publication.
  • Contributes to writing grant applications and manuscripts.
  • May submit authored grants with permission of the supervisor.
  • Performs literature searches to gather information pertaining to research projects or procedures in order to develop new protocols, projects or grants applications for assigned work group.
  • Responsible for determining experimental design, collecting data, performing calculations, and analyzing results.
  • Responsible for reviewing research or data controls and determining that the research results are valid.
  • Maintains and completes appropriate records of the purpose, methods, results, and conclusions from each research project.
  • May oversee the work of support personnel in the work group at the discretion of the supervising faculty member.
  • Participates in research meetings and formal seminars to present, explain, and discuss research conducted by the work group.
  • May deliver presentations to extramural audiences at national meetings and academic institutions.

Work is typically performed in an office environment. Accountable for satisfying all job specific obligations and complying with all organization policies and procedures. The specific statements in this profile are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • A Doctorate degree in Implementation Science, Health Behavior, Health System Science, Public Health, Prevention Science, or closely related fields of study, or a Master’s with applicable work experience.
  • Mastery in using implementation science and practice models, frameworks, and concepts in design and evaluation of initiatives.
  • 3 years related work experience

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

  • Supervised training in the delivery of implementation evaluations of implementation strategies (e.g., prevention or treatment programs, technical assistance, community intervention, consultation, counseling) is especially encouraged.

Company: Geisinger
Location: Central and Northeast Pennsylvania

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