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Fellowships & Postdocs

Research Associate and Research Assistant posts at Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge

Deadline: May 08 2017

Updated: April 13 2017

Dr Stuart Hogarth (Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge) is recruiting a research assistant and research associate to work on his ERC starting grant project CANCERSCREEN.

Screening for cancer in the post-genomic era: diagnostic innovation and biomedicalisation in comparative perspective.

How do new diagnostic tests find their way into practice? What are the relative roles of industry and the public sector in the discovery, development and adoption of new biological markers of disease (biomarkers)? There is now an extensive body of interdisciplinary research on the political economy of pharmaceutical innovation, and the role of drug firms as corporate “engines of medicalisation”, but we know relatively little about the part played by diagnostics firms in bringing new technologies into routine clinical practice, or their impact on the creation of new disease categories. The aim of this project is to address this empirical gap and provide a new conceptual framework for understanding the changing dynamics of diagnostic innovation.

Focusing on the development of new cancer screening tests, this project will provide a comparative analysis of industry dynamics, technological trajectories and regulatory developments in France, the UK and the USA over the last 20 years. Building on previous research by the PI and collaborators, the project will test our conceptual model of socio-technical regime change in the diagnostics industry. This model suggests that the emergence of the molecular diagnostics sector is interlinked with three other dynamics: the corporatisation of R&D; the adoption of business models derived from the pharmaceutical industry; and the intensification of regulatory oversight.

These are relatively long-term (4.25 years) research posts with great opportunities for career development at a world-class institution, and the posts are open to individuals with experience of mixed qualitative and quantitative social research methods and an interest in biomedical innovation. The project research team includes collaborators at at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex; the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, King's College London and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.

The closing date for applications is 8 May 2017. Further details here:

Research Assistant (60% FTE, salary range: £25,298-£29,301 pro rata):
Research Associate (100% FTE, salary range: £30,175-£38,183):
More information on the CancerScreen project:

Enquiries can be directed to Dr Stuart Hogarth at

Chancellor’s Fellow in History/Sociology of Biomedicine, University of Edinburgh

Deadline: May 02 2017

Updated: April 06 2017

The University of Edinburgh has an outstanding tradition of ground-breaking research in science and technology studies, including the history and sociology of biomedicine.

We now seek to make a strategic appointment of a scholar who will pursue historical research to interrogate the compelling questions generated by the increasing complexity of biomedicine and its interface with individuals and society.

You will be based in the world-leading Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) subject group, located within the School of Social and Political Science. STIS is already home to a growing cluster of historians and sociologists of biomedicine and the life sciences. Other research within STIS ranges widely across the history and sociology of science, technology and medicine including studies of and with information and communication technology, and the sociology of environment, energy and sustainability.

You will be expected to contribute to developing an interdisciplinary research programme in Biomedicine, Self and Society, which brings together researchers from STIS, the Social Studies of Health and Medicine group in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and a growing group of medical lawyers and bioethicists in the School of Law. You must be committed to working in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment and supporting the development of interdisciplinary research across science and technology studies, medical sociology, bioethics, law and health policy.

In the longer term, you will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. In particular, you will take responsibility for delivering the popular level 1 survey course in History of Medicine.

Informal inquiries can be made to Professor Steve Sturdy,

One-year Postdoc position in STS at Virginia Tech (Falls Church, VA –– Washington, DC area)

Deadline: March 23 2017

Updated: March 15 2017

The Department of Science and Technology in Society (STS), Virginia Tech at Falls Church, VA (Washington, DC area) invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral position for the academic year 2017/18. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Sonja Schmid and contribute to the NSF CAREER project "Globalizing Nuclear Emergency Response." Review of applications will start March 23 and continue until the position is filled.

New Master’s Program in STS at the Munich Center for Technology in Society

Deadline: May 31 2017

Updated: March 15 2017

The Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) of the TU Munich launched its new Master’s program in Science and Technology Studies (STS) last year. It is an English language program and free of tuition fees (as are almost all degree programs in Germany). The application is now possible until May 31, 2017.

Please forward this information to any students who might be interested in obtaining a Master’s in degree in Science and Technology Studies.

The STS Master’s Program at MCTS is empirical, interdisciplinary, reflexive and research oriented.

From bio-technology to energy transitions, from automated mobility to data security - the big challenges of today's’ societies are inseparably connected to scientific, technical and social questions. The Master’s program Science and Technology Studies will teach you how to reflexively research, develop problem-solving skills and critically intervene in the big sociotechnical issues of our time.

In the Master’s program you will learn:
empirical research methods and analytical skills to study the conditions and consequences of contemporary science and technology
interdisciplinary approaches to urgent questions about regulation, responsibility and sustainability of science and technology

Alongside the STS Master's program, we offer specializations in the Philosophy of Science and Technology or the History of Science and Technology.

The STS Master’s program is research oriented. The program prepares you for future academic research (such as a PhD), as well as careers in science and technology management, science communication and journalism, and in science funding and policy.

Studying the Master’s program STS will equip you to deal with the challenges and to embrace the opportunities of todays’ technologized societies.

Watch the video on YouTube:

Please Note:
The application platform for the new Master’s program is now open. The application period will close on May 31 2017.
If you are interested in the program or have any questions, please send an email to

More information is provided on our website:

Two research fellows in Soc of Science/STS, Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS)

Deadline: March 15 2017

Updated: February 23 2017

The Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS) is pleased to invite applications for two positions as research fellows in sociology of science / STS. For details please refer to: (English) (German)

Postdoc, Suppes Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Stanford University

Deadline: March 17 2017

Updated: February 04 2017

We are seeking a post doctoral fellow in Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science broadly conceived. We are especially interested in philosophers concentrating on one (or more) of the special sciences (biology, physics, psychology, neuro-science, etc.), and/or the history and philosophy of the science (or sciences) in question. But we shall also consider applicants doing methodological work in general philosophy of science, including formal work in logic, probability, or epistemology in connection with such methodological issues.

The appointment term is September 1, 2017-August 31, 2018. The initial term may be renewed for an additional year. Applicants must have completed all requirements for their PhD by June 30, 2017. Candidates must also be no more than 3 years from the awarding of their degree (i.e., September 2014).

The application deadline is March 17, 2017 (5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time).

Stanford University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. It welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching mission.
Please submit a cover letter, CV, a writing sample (no more than 25 pages), three letters of recommendation, a one-page research statement and a teaching portfolio.

Applications will be collected via Interfolio:

If you have questions, please contact Teresa Mooney (

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Design, Wesleyan University

Deadline: February 21 2017

Updated: January 26 2017

Job Posting Number: F00144
Position Type: Full-Time

Position Details: Wesleyan University’s Center for Pedagogical Innovation invites applications for an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Design beginning July 1, 2017. We seek a scholar who is broadly trained in the many areas of design across the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences, including familiarity with engineering as it relates to a liberal arts curriculum. Candidates will be expected to have an advanced degree in a field related to design in hand or near completion. The teaching load is 2/1. Additional duties include (1) organizing a spring workshop on the pedagogy of design that will offer training in new pedagogical tools and strategies and emphasize inclusive pedagogy techniques, and (2) assisting in the development of a new student competency, “navigating complex environments,” and the assessment of this competency. This position will offer research and/or travel funds and is renewable for a second year contingent upon performance.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates will be expected to have an advanced degree in a field related to design in hand or near completion.

Special Instructions to Applicants: You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a writing sample, (4) statement of current research, and (5) documentation of teaching experience, including teaching statement, course syllabi and student evaluations. As part of the cover letter or teaching statement we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of the three referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter of reference for you.

Additional Information: Applications completed by Tuesday, February 21, 2017 will receive full consideration.

Please contact Lisa Sacks at or 860-685-3248 if you have questions about the application process.

Note for Interfolio users:
We gladly accept letters of recommendation from Interfolio. From your Interfolio account, please use the “web delivery” method to upload your letters directly to our online application.

For further instructions, look here:

Fellowships, The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Deadline: February 15 2017

Updated: January 20 2017

The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine invites applications for fellowships in the history of science, technology and medicine, broadly construed. Opportunities include:

-short-term Research Fellowships
-nine-month Dissertation Fellowships
-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications for 2017-2018 must be submitted by February 15, 2017. Letters of support are due by February 22, 2017. For the application portal, application instructions, and a list of past fellows, visit

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics, Columbia University

Deadline: February 15 2017

Updated: January 17 2017

The Center for Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioral Genetics at Columbia University announces the availability of a post-doctoral fellowship position to begin September 2017.

The goal of the fellowship is to train researchers whose work is focused on the ethical, legal and social implications of advances in genetics, with a special focus on psychiatric, neurologic, and behavioral genetics. Training programs, which will generally last 2 years, include course work, mentored research activities, guidance in seeking research funding, and participation in the activities of the Center. All activities are designed to accommodate the skills and interests of the fellows.

Candidates should have a doctorate (e.g., PhD, JD, MD) in the social and behavioral sciences, genetics or other basic sciences, epidemiology, nursing, medicine, law, or one of the humanities, and substantial empirical research skills.

The deadline for application is February 15, 2017. For further information about the program and application materials, please contact the Training Director, Sharon Schwartz, PhD: sbs5@

3 Visiting Fellowships on Innovation and Innovation Society, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Deadline: January 30 2017

Updated: January 10 2017

The DFG graduate school “Innovation Society Today” at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, is pleased to advertise 3 visiting fellowships. The fellowships are available for a period of three months, either from April to June 2017 or October to December 2017.

The deadline for applications and letters of recommendation is January 30th, 2017. Please submit all documents to the following email address: jobs@innovation.tu-

Post Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Science and Technology, NYU

Deadline: March 01 2017

Updated: January 10 2017

The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship for one year in the history of science and technology, or a related field, with the possibility for renewal for a second year. The Fellowship, which will begin September 1, 2017, will include a $42,000 annual stipend, a $20,000 housing allowance, full medical benefits and assistance with relocation. The research of the successful candidate should be interdisciplinary in nature and complement the work of historians of science already at Gallatin, as we look to strengthen the history-of-science community within New York University and New York City. The successful candidate will advance their own research project, teach two undergraduate courses a year, assist in the execution and development of the NYC History of Science Group, the NYU Science and Society minor and take part in the academic life of NYU and the Gallatin School. All application materials must be submitted electronically. To apply, please visit:

Candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research proposal on a topic related to the project (750 words maximum), a sample or samples of writing (i.e., article or book chapter), two course proposals, and two letters of recommendation.

All application materials must be received by March 1, 2017.

Founded in 1972, Gallatin is a liberal arts college of 1,400 students within New York University. Its B.A. and M.A. programs in individualized study encourage students to develop an integrated, multidisciplinary program of study that combines courses taken in the various schools of NYU with independent studies, internships, and Gallatin’s own interdisciplinary seminars, writing courses and arts workshops. The School emphasizes excellent teaching, intensive student advising and mentoring, and a unique combination of program flexibility and academic rigor.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

PhD in interdisciplinarity in training the next generation of researchers, University of Edinburgh

Deadline: February 28 2017

Updated: December 09 2016

Funding is available to support a four-year (1+3) PhD programme at the University of Edinburgh covering fees (at the UK/EU rate) and an annual stipend of £14,000 from September 2017

PhD topic: Disruptive influence? The role of interdisciplinarity in training the next generation of researchers

Host institution: Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS), in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh in partnership with OPTIMA, the Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging (based at the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde).

Summary statement of topic:
The ascendancy of interdisciplinary research has become a cornerstone of research policy in Europe and internationally (e.g. European Commission, 2007; ESRC, 2009; NSF, 2006; National Academies, 2005; Barry, 2007; Lok, 2010). Yet there remains considerable scope for expanding the breadth and depth of interdisciplinary research training in the UK. Most doctoral and post-doctoral training is still bound within disciplines. Today, there is clear evidence of demand for interdisciplinary research training (e.g. Lyall and Meagher 2012) and much national and international experience on which to draw (e.g. Vanstone et al 2013; Meagher and Lyall 2005, 2009; Razzaq et al 2013; Abt Associates, 2010).

Universities are beginning to lose their monopoly on knowledge production (Frodeman, 2013) and need to reconsider and re-shape their curricula in order to produce the people and research that society needs (Foray and Sors, 2014; Lyall et al., 2015). The majority of graduate students now find employment outside of academia (Vitae, 2013) where an ability to work in interdisciplinary teams is often highly rated; even those who stay within a university research context find that experience of interdisciplinary is becoming more valued (Millar, 2013).

In the UK, the Research Councils are increasingly supporting PhD training through a mechanism termed ‘Centres for Doctoral Training’ (CDTs). These centres seek to bring together diverse areas of expertise in order to create new working cultures, build relationships between teams in universities and forge links with industry. In many of these CDTs, doctoral study remains circumscribed within the social sciences, natural sciences or medicine, while others are co-funded by more than one research council and place great emphasis on interdisciplinary projects that work across different disciplinary domains.

This study will examine the impact of this doctoral funding mechanism on PhD students and their supervisors. Specifically, it will identify the range of interdisciplinary experiences and environments offered by the CDTs. The study will develop a series of case studies to assess the influence that interdisciplinary CDTs are having on the research community and other stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop the project according to their own interests and expertise.


The first supervisor will be Catherine Lyall who is a Professor of Science and Public Policy in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science. Her recent research focus has been on the promotion and management of interdisciplinary research (e.g. Lyall et al., 2011) and on the evaluation of non-academic research impacts.

A second supervisor will be appointed during the first year and there will be close involvement from OPTIMA colleagues in order to facilitate access.

Candidates from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Prospective candidates are expected to have an excellent undergraduate degree in either the social (e.g. sociology, anthropology, education etc.) or natural sciences (e.g. chemistry, computer science, biology etc.) and a strong interest in and/or experience of interdisciplinary research.

Note that we are only able to offer fees at the UK/EU level; non UK/EU applicants must be able to fund the additional fees at the international level.
Informal inquiries can be made to Professor Catherine Lyall by email Information about application procedures can be found on our Graduate School website.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2017for a September 2017 entry. Note that, for this specific studentship, this is earlier than the general deadline specified in the above weblink.

Link to full information:

IEEE History Center Life Member Internship for 2017

Deadline: March 01 2017

Updated: November 22 2016

Scholars near the beginning of their career studying the history of electrical technology and computing and related fields are invited to contact the Center to be considered for a paid Internship at the Center's offices on the campus of Stevens Institute of technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA.

The intern program seeks to provide research experience for young scholars (generally advance undergraduates or beginning graduate students) in the history of technology, while enlisting their help for the Center's projects. The Intern generally works full-time for two months at the History Center on a Center project that is connected to his or her own area of interest. This time is usually during the summer, but other arrangements will be considered. Interns are also encouraged to consult with the Center's staff and its associates, and guided to research resources in the area. The stipend paid to the intern is US$5,000. This internship is supported by the IEEE Life Members Committee, and was recently enhanced by a gift from Emerson Pugh.

There is no formal application form. To apply, please email a curriculum vitae showing your studies in electrical history or related field, a three- to five-page page writing sample, and a cover letter describing the sort of project you would be interested in doing and why it would benefit from being conducted at the IEEE History Center. Complete information is available at

The Center can be contacted at: IEEE History Center, S. C. Williams Library 350, 1 Castle Point Terrace, Hoboken, NJ 07030,, +1 732 562 5450

IEEE and Stevens Institute of Technology are AA/EO employers. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for all positions. The IEEE History Center is cosponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)—the world’s largest professional technical society—, and Stevens Institute of technology, The Innovation University (although the position is through IEEE). The mission of the Center is to preserve, research, and promote the legacy of electrical engineering and computing.

IEEE Life Member Fellowship in History of Electrical and Computing Technology for 2017–2018

Deadline: February 01 2017

Updated: November 22 2016

The Fellowship supports one year of full-time graduate work in the history of electrical science and technology or closely related field at a college or university of recognized standing, or up to one year of post-doctoral research for a scholar in this field who has received his or her Ph.D. within the past four years. Recipients are normally expected to take up the Fellowship in the July of the year that it is awarded. The stipend is $17,000, with a research budget of up to $3,000. The IEEE Fellowship in History of Electrical and Computing Technology is funded by the IEEE Life Members’ Committee.

Candidates with undergraduate degrees in engineering, the sciences, or the humanities/social sciences are eligible for the fellowship. For pre-doctoral applicants, however, the award is conditional upon the candidate’s good standing in an appropriate in an appropriate PhD granting graduate program. In addition, pre-doctoral recipients may not concurrently hold other fellowships, but they may earn up to $10,000 for work that is directly related to their graduate studies. Pre-doctoral fellows must pursue full-time graduate work and evidence of satisfactory academic performance is required. These restrictions do not apply to post-doctoral applicants. Post-doctoral applicants must be no more than four years from the award of their PhD on the date the application is due. The Fellow is selected on the basis of the candidate's potential for pursuing research in, and contributing to, electrical, engineering and/or computing history. Applicants pursuing technical topics should demonstrate they possess the necessary skills, for example: knowledge of programming languages or mathematical discipline. Such knowledge can be demonstrated through course work or experience.

Complete information and application forms are available on-line at The deadline for completed applications is 1 February 2017. Inquiries can also be sent to

The Center can be contacted at: IEEE History Center, S. C. Williams Library 350, 1 Castle Point Terrace, Hoboken, NJ 07030,, +1 732 562 5450

IEEE and Stevens Institute of Technology are AA/EO employers. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for all positions. The IEEE History Center is cosponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)—the world’s largest professional technical society—, and Stevens Institute of technology, The Innovation University (although the position is through IEEE). The mission of the Center is to preserve, research, and promote the legacy of electrical engineering and computing.

ESRC Funded PhD studentships, Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Deadline: February 01 2017

Updated: November 16 2016

The Cardiff School of Social Sciences has a number of ESRC funded PhD studentships, including opportunities in Science and Technology Studies. Details of the awards, eligibility and how to apply are available from:

and then click on the link for 'studentships in social sciences'

The deadline for complete applications is 1st February 2017 but please contact prospective supervisors before that. The Graduate Office, ( can also help with questions about the application process.