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Fellowships & Postdocs

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

Deadline: November 01 2017

http://go.stpf-aaas.org/socialscience.html

Updated: September 14 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF). This professional level fellowship is the premier opportunity for outstanding anthropologists to learn first-hand about policymaking, bring valuable expertise to policy, and enhance anthropological science in the federal government.

Gain hands-on policy experience, help develop and execute solutions to address societal challenges, and join a strong corps of over 3,100 policy-savvy alumni fellows working across sectors to serve the nation and citizens around the world. Fellow contributions can include policy research, content analysis, and budgeting and research for interdisciplinary programs.

Fellows serve yearlong assignments in all three branches of the federal government in Washington D.C. and represent a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines and career stages. STPF is seeking candidates with strong social and/or behavioral science credentials, an interest in career transformation and a desire to enhance federal policy.

Application deadline for the 2018-19 fellowship year is November 1, 2017. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship and a doctoral level degree.

2 Postdoctoral Positions for Academic Years 2018-2020, Institute for Practical Ethics, UC San Diego

Deadline: November 01 2017

http://ipe.ucsd.edu/prof-opportunities/postdoc-call-for-applications_final-2-corrected.pdf

Updated: September 08 2017

The Institute for Practical Ethics at the University of California, San Diego, invites applications for the position of postdoctoral scholar for the academic years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. Applicants must possess a PhD granted from an accredited university before the position begins.

The postdoctoral scholar positions are two-year appointments, with the second year contingent upon acceptable performance in the first year. Salary, as based on UC’s salary scales and candidate qualifications, will be provided in exchange for active participation in the Institute’s program of activities and in particular its research project in Ethical Issues in Active Genetics. Postdoctoral scholars will be expected to lead monthly meetings on active genetics and ethics, attend a monthly meeting on scientific issues within active genetics, explore the Indian context, and assist with project activities (which may include writing grant proposals, organizing workshops, and research in the area). Duties will be decided through consultation between the fellow and Institute Co-Directors. Postdoctoral scholars are required to be in residence for the entirety of the academic years. The postdoctoral position is open to international applicants. The Institute is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research and service.

Primary consideration will be given to applications submitted by November 1, 2017, but all applications will be considered until positions are filled. Applications should be submitted to Tara Nadeau (tlnadeau@ucsd.edu) and should include:

• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Brief statement (1000 words maximum) summarizing the applicant's intellectual interests, scholarly training, and research agenda as these relate to Ethics and Implications of Active Genetics
• Copies of no more than two representative publications or dissertation chapters
• Two letters of recommendation

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Inquiries regarding the Institute, its program, and the fellowship positions may be addressed to tlnadeau@ucsd.edu

Postdoc in science, technology and innovation policy and strategy, UNICAMP, Brazil

Deadline: September 30 2017

http://www.ige.unicamp.br/spec/post-doctoral-position-open-3/

Updated: September 08 2017

The Department of Science and Technology Policy offers a post-doctoral fellowship in science, technology and innovation policy and strategy. This post-doctoral fellowship is attached to the São Paulo Excellence Chair (SPEC) “Innovation Systems, Strategies and Policy” (InSySPo) (http://www.ige.unicamp.br/spec) established at DPCT by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) (http://www.fapesp.br). This is a full-time position for a maximum of two years.

The post-doctoral researcher will conduct research on comparative analysis of technology and innovation policy across countries and of the impact of major supply-side and demandside policies on the competitiveness of countries/regions, and industy. The work will involve both theoretical and empirical analysis. Indicative areas of research include:

• Demand-side innovation policies, especially related to public procurement for
innovation
• Technology, innovation and the middle-income trap
• Global value chains and regional competitiveness
• Models of innovation in manufacturing and service sectors

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Professors Andre Tosi Furtado (UNICAMP) and Nicholas Vonortas (The Washington University, USA; and UNICAMP).

Duties include carrying out research on grants/contracts, theory development, data collection and analysis around the world, authoring papers and reports, publishing in the peer-reviewed literature, participating in seminars and work groups, and collaborating on research grant/contract applications. They also include assistance in co-organizing an international workshop in June 2018 and another workshop and conference a year later.

Importantly, the post-doctoral researcher will serve as one of the in-house administrators of the SPEC program at DPCT. This program deals with various aspects of technology and innovation policy and includes at its core the faculty members mentioned above.

Successful applicants will have a doctoral degree in science and technology policy, economics, management of technology, public administration, or other relevant subject area. Strong background in the socio-economic aspects of technological advancement and innovation and in STI policy is highly desirable. Candidates must have less than five years’ experience following their doctorate degree, a demonstrated record of individual initiative in research, and strong analytical skills. Preference will be given to applicants whose training, skills and research interest’s best align with those of InSySPo faculty members, especially Professors Vonortas and Furtado.

The remuneration package is set in accordance with FAPESP’s standards (http://www.fapesp.br/en/5427) and includes benefits and relocation expenditures.

This round of applications is open until September 31st, 2017. Decisions will be made by mid-October 2017.

Interested parties are encouraged to communicate with the project and participating faculty and scientists for more information. They can reach Professor Vonortas by email (vonortas@gwu.edu) or telephone at +1-202-378-6230. Apply electronically through the program’s website (http://www.ige.unicamp.br/spec/) or directly to Professor Vonortas.

Applications must include cover letter, current curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, names of three references, and a concise description of proposed research under the fellowship.

DPCT is located on the main campus of UNICAMP in the city of Campinas, State of São Paulo, Brazil. Campinas is about 93 kilometers northwest of the city of São Paulo. The working language of the postdoctoral position is English. Knowledge of at least basic Portuguese is desirable but not required.

Postdoc in Responsible Research and Innovation in Practice, Wageningen University

Deadline: September 04 2017

https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/WUR/vacancy/42064/lang/en/

Updated: August 15 2017

Main purpose of the job

RRI Practice is a European Commission Horizon 2020 funded project that aims to analyse responsible research and innovation (RRI) related discourses and pathways to implementation in order to identify, understand, disseminate and promote RRI implementation best practices that can be scaled up at European and global levels. The project team has a truly global reach in that it includes 14 academic partners from across Europe as well as from China, India, USA, Brazil and Australia.

The main purpose of the postdoctoral position is to lead Wageningen University's contribution to a project, under supervision.


About the project team

The team leader of the Wageningen University research, Professor Phil Macnaghten has extensive expertise in the governance of science and technology and in the development of frameworks of responsible (research and) innovation. The Wageningen team further includes Dr Barbara van Mierlo (KTI), who specialises on understanding system innovation trajectories of innovation networks aimed at sustainability practices, Dr David Ludwig (KTI), who specialises in the philosophy of RRI, and Dr Vincent Blok, who specialises on sustainable entrepreneurship, business ethics and responsible innovation at the Management Studies Chair Group. Drawing on this expertise, the Wageningen team will draw particularly on the integrative and comparative work packages where Wageningen has a dedicated role. The RRI Practice project is already six months under way. Dr David Ludwig (KTI), who was employed as the RRI Practice postdoc, has now a faculty position at KTI resulting in this vacancy.


Main duties and accountabilities

To be accountable, under supervision, for the delivery of tasks, work packages and deliverables as outlined in the project proposal:
- To plan, co-ordinate and lead on the successful delivery of the research project within the allocated time frame and within the allocated budget.
- To conduct a RRI Review on Wageningen University aimed at understanding the current framing and status of RRI in the organization and to feed the findings into a National RRI Outlook in partnership with Radboud University Nijmegen. Preliminary work has already been undertaken.
- To develop a RRI Outlook for Wageningen University that will outline important goals, means and targets for the work related to the EC RRI keys (ethics, societal relevance, gender, open access/ open science and science education) - and RRI more broadly understood - in the organisation.
- To lead the RRI Internal Review that will provide a reflexive learning tool for project partners. Using the anticipation-inclusion-reflexivity-responsiveness (AIRR) framework as a reference, activities will be developed aimed at understanding and contextualizing RRI in the project teams' own practices. Preliminary work has already been undertaken in the form of initial interviews with members of the project consortium. Further work will include a next round of interviews and possibly a set of focus groups comparing institutional discourses on RRI with lay understanding.
- To lead the comparative analysis of national discourses and practices on RRI to explore why certain keys and dimensions of RRI are developed in some national and local contexts and not others.
- To disseminate complex and conceptual ideas arising from the project to stakeholders and peers using high level skills and a range of media and to present the results of the research to academic and policy audiences through the writing of peer-reviewed journal articles and at conferences when opportunities arise.


Conditions of employment

We offer you an employment contract for 1.0 FTE (38 hours a week) for 24 months. You will start with a one year contract. After a positive evaluation the contract will be extended with the remainder period. The maximum gross salary is € 3,427.00 per month (based on fulltime employment), (scale 11.0 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities with an annual step to 11.1 in the second year).(starting in scale 10 can be applicable for candidates in the last stage of obtaining their Phd title). In addition, we offer a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.

Additional information

Practical information: The starting date of this position is from 1 October 2017. Interviews are provisionally scheduled for 18 September 2017.
Informal inquiries: Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Phil Macnaghten on philip.macnaghten@wur.nl

The deadline for applications is 04 September 2017 at midnight (CET). Please do not email your application, but use the website to upload your application.

For further information, see the posting here: https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/WUR/vacancy/42064/lang/en/

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

Deadline: September 01 2017

http://med.stanford.edu/cirge.html

Updated: July 31 2017

The Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE) announces a post-doctoral research position.

This position is available as part of the Stanford Training Program in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research and at the Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics (CIRGE). Candidates from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Principal Investigator and Program Director: Mildred Cho, PhD
Funding source: NIH National Human Genome Research Institute
Appointment: One year, renewable for up to three years
Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD or MD, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for funding. We are seeking candidates with a background in social science, ethics, philosophy, history, health services research, public policy or other related disciplines.

Job description:
The postdoctoral fellow will conduct independent research to identify ethical, legal and social considerations arising from genetics and genomics. The fellow will be part of an interdisciplinary community including geneticists, ethicists, lawyers, physicians, and scholars in humanities, social sciences, and policy research. Fellows are encouraged to participate in programs such as the Stanford Benchside Ethics Consultation Service, a research ethics consultation program to assist life sciences researchers in the resolution of ethical concerns in their research, as well as in clinical ethics consultation.

In addition to participating in SCBE and CIRGE activities, the fellow will have access to a full range of courses at Stanford University, which includes genetics, social science, humanities and law courses. It is expected that the fellow may need formal coursework in genetics, ethics, or ELSI research methods. Mentors will assist the fellow in formulating an individualized curriculum and career strategies. All trainees will be expected to present their research in scholarly venues. Funds will be provided by the fellowship for each fellow to travel to one meeting per year.

Stanford University School of Medicine is committed to increasing representation of women and members of minority groups, and we particularly encourage applications from such candidates. U.S. citizens, non-citizen U.S. nationals, or those lawfully admitted for permanent residence are eligible to apply.

Send CV, cover letter describing your research interests, and names of 3 references to:

Mildred Cho, PhD
micho@stanford.edu
Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics
1215 Welch Road, Modular A
Stanford, CA 94305

Application deadline: Rolling review of applications for start date between September 1, 2017 and Spring, 2018.

Postdoctoral Research Scholar in environmental impacts of synthetic biology, NC State University

Updated: July 30 2017

Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Project Title: Synthesizing Engagement for Synthetic Biology: Ethical and Social Considerations Surrounding the Environmental Impact of Synthetic Biology

PI: Dr. Jason Delborne, Associate Professor of Science, Policy and Society Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Genetic Engineering and Society Center, North Carolina State University

Annual Salary: $50,000 + benefits
Duration: 12 months, with potential to renew for 3 additional years
Start Date: September 1, 2017 (negotiable)
Location: North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)

Description: This project, funded by the Engineer Research and Development Center Environmental Laboratory of the Army Corps of Engineers, investigates ethical and social considerations surrounding the environmental impacts of synthetic biology. Work in Year 1 is focused on 1) literature reviews of public perception and stakeholder engagement; 2) interviews of stakeholders and risk assessment experts; 3) planning a stakeholder workshop (scheduled for Year 2); and 4) finalizing proposed activities for Years 2-4 of the project.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in social science or humanities discipline with attention to science and technology OR Ph.D. in natural science with experience in social science methods and approaches. Fluency in spoken and written English.

To apply: Submit 1) Cover Letter, 2) CV, and 3) Contact Information for 2-3 professional references by email to jason_delborne@ncsu.edu.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at www.wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

PhD-level Research Assistantship in interdisciplinary STS projects, NC State University

https://cnr.ncsu.edu/fer/grad/

Updated: July 30 2017

Position Description: A Ph.D. level Graduate Research Assistantship is available in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources (FER) in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC). FER is an interdisciplinary unit with faculty examining environmental issues from an array of theoretical perspectives in both the natural and social sciences (http://cnr.ncsu.edu/fer/about/). The chosen applicant will participate in two interdisciplinary projects (with an emphasis on social science methodologies): 1) exploring responsible innovation in the field of genetically modified trees, including the GM American chestnut tree; and 2) conducting and analyzing ethnographic research of do-it-yourself (DIY) biology laboratories around the world. The student will simultaneously pursue a minor degree in Genetic Engineering and Society (http://research.ncsu.edu/ges) and work with affiliated faculty and graduate students. Applicants may apply to begin the doctoral program in January 2018 or as late as August 2018.

Qualifications: The candidate should have completed coursework and/or research experience in the social sciences or humanities and have a clear interest in the social, ethical, and political dimensions of science and technology. Strong communication (both oral and written) skills in English are required. Some graduate work in Science and Technology Studies (STS) and/or environmental studies is preferred, but not required.

Support: The position provides a stipend of $20K per year plus tuition and health benefits for three years, with the potential for further support through additional grants or teaching. Depending on the student’s interest, opportunities to participate in undergraduate instruction will also be available. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Jason Delborne, Associate Professor of Science, Policy, and Society (FER) and Dr. Todd Kuiken, Senior Research Scientist (Genetic Engineering and Society Center).

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including GPAs and GRE scores), unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate), and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Jason Delborne at jason_delborne@ncsu.edu. Applicants will also need to formally apply and be accepted to the graduate program (see https://cnr.ncsu.edu/fer/grad/).

Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018-21, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Princeton University

Deadline: September 15 2017

Updated: July 06 2017

The Princeton Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, invites applications for the 2018-2021 fellowship competition.

Four fellowships will be awarded:
- Three Open Fellowships in any discipline represented in the Society
- One Fellowship in Humanistic Studies

Applicants may apply for one or more fellowship(s) pertinent to their research and teaching. Please see our website for eligibility, requirements, and online application. http://princeton.edu/sf/fellowships

Hosted jointly by the Humanities Council and academic departments, Postdoctoral Fellows pursue their research, attend a weekly fellows’ seminar, and teach half time as Lecturers for a term of three years. In each of the first two years, Fellows typically teach one course each semester. In their third year, Fellows teach only one course while remaining in residence in Princeton.

The salary for 2018-2019 will be approximately $86,600. Fellows must reside in or near Princeton during the academic year. Non-U.S. citizens may apply. Recipients of doctoral degrees in Education, Jurisprudence, and holders of Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University are not eligible. Candidates may apply only once to the Princeton Society of Fellows’ competition.

Selection is based on scholarly achievement and evidence of unusual promise; range and quality of teaching experience; and potential contributions to an interdisciplinary community. The Society of Fellows seeks a diverse and international pool of applicants, and especially welcomes those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Applicants holding the Ph.D. at the time of application must have received the degree after January 1, 2016. An applicant not yet holding the Ph.D. must have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation (approximately half) at the time of application, and include a letter from the department chair confirming such progress toward degree. Successful candidates must fulfill all requirements for the Ph.D., including filing of the dissertation, by June 15, 2018.

Applicants are asked to submit an online application by September 15, 2017 (11:59 p.m.EST.) We do not accept mailed, emailed, or faxed applications.

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Social Study of Epigenetics and Transgenerational Inheritance, UCLA

Deadline: July 15 2017

https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03107

Updated: June 22 2017

The Institute for Society and Genetics (ISG) at the University of California at Los Angeles (http://www.socgen.ucla.edu), invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position beginning September 1, 2017. The Institute for Society and Genetics, housed in the Division of Life Sciences at UCLA, is an interdisciplinary research and teaching unit focused on issues at the intersection of biology and society. The successful candidate will work with Drs. Patrick Allard, Amander Clark, and Hannah Landecker on the social and historical analysis of transgenerational epigenetics. Review of applications will start July 15th and continue until the position is filled.

The position is part of a John Templeton Foundation funded award entitled “A chance to equality in health: Is people’s health determined by ancestral environmental exposures?”. The aim of the grant is to study how environmental exposures become embedded into germ-line epimutations, and the transgenerational impact of these exposures. The postdoctoral fellow will actively participate in generating systematic literature reviews and historical analysis on the topic of transgenerational inheritance and epimutations, attend meetings of the participating laboratories, conduct interviews and narrative analysis of collected data, write up results and findings with the project PIs. Additionally, the fellow may assist in the organization of a workshop on these issues.

Applicants with relevant training and research interests in a wide range of fields, including sociology, science studies, life sciences, philosophy, history or anthropology are invited to apply. This project is a collaboration between life and social scientists, and therefore the ideal candidate will be comfortable working across different disciplinary domains, and possess a basic understanding of both social science methodologies and the relevant biological science.

Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by August 2017, or have received their degree in the last five years. Certification of completion of Ph.D. degree requirements must be in hand at the time of the appointment start. This is a one-year appointment renewable for up to three years pending positive review. The pay scale follows NIH guidelines (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-003.html). Applicants are requested to submit a letter of application, which includes an explanation of the candidate’s research experience and interest in the topic, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact of three references. Please submit all application materials online via UCLA’s Academic Recruit Online at the following URL: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03107. Any questions about the position or the application process may be addressed to Patrick Allard (pallard@ucla.edu) or Hannah Landecker (landecker@soc.ucla.edu).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).