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Fellowships & Postdocs

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).

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

Deadline: May 08 2017

https://genevalues.wordpress.com/cancerscreen/

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): http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/13437/
Research Associate (100% FTE, salary range: £30,175-£38,183): http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/13449/
More information on the CancerScreen project: https://genevalues.wordpress.com/cancerscreen/

Enquiries can be directed to Dr Stuart Hogarth at sh339@cam.ac.uk

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

Deadline: May 02 2017

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AYL615/chancellors-fellow-history-sociology-of-biomedicine/

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, S.Sturdy@ed.ac.uk

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

Deadline: May 31 2017

https://www.mcts.tum.de/en/master-programs/

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raWnTy9QDaA

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 sts@mcts.tum.de.

More information is provided on our website: https://www.mcts.tum.de/en/master-programs/