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Fellowships & Postdocs

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

Deadline: March 15 2017

https://www.uni-hannover.de/en/aktuell/stellenangebote/jobboerse/detail/luhjobs/1380/

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:

https://www.uni-hannover.de/en/aktuell/stellenangebote/jobboerse/detail/luhjobs/1380/ (English)
https://www.uni-hannover.de/de/aktuell/stellenangebote/jobboerse/detail/luhjobs/1380/ (German)

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

Deadline: March 17 2017

https://apply.interfolio.com/40505

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: https://apply.interfolio.com/40505

If you have questions, please contact Teresa Mooney (tmooney@stanford.edu).

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 lsacks@wesleyan.edu 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: http://help.interfolio.com/entries/24062742-Uploading-Letters-to-an-Online-Application-System.

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

Deadline: February 15 2017

http://www.chstm.org/

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
-Fellowships-in-Residence

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 http://www.chstm.org.

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@ columbia.edu.

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

Deadline: January 30 2017

http://www.innovation.tu-berlin.de/fileadmin/i62_ifsgktypo3/Visiting_Fellowships_2016.pdf

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- berlin.de.

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

Deadline: March 01 2017

https://apply.interfolio.com/40067

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: https://apply.interfolio.com/40067

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.

Supervisors:

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.

Applications:
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 c.lyall@ed.ac.uk Information about application procedures can be found on our Graduate School website.

Deadline:
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: https://www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/ISSTIInterdisciplinary/Interdisciplinary+wiki?preview=/72843811/330217325/Interdisciplinary%20studentship%20Edinburgh.pdf

Postdoc in Technology and Social Change Linköping University

Deadline: December 21 2016

http://www.liu.se/jobba/lediga-jobb?l=en&&rmpage=job&rmjob=4149&rmlang=UK

Updated: December 09 2016

Applications are invited for a new Post Doc position in Science and Technology Studies at Linköping University (ref TEMA-2016-00185).
Two years in the first instance.

The successful applicant will work in conjunction with Professor Steve Woolgar, as part of the Department of Thematic Studies (Technology and Social Change) - a lively and growing unit of some 50 Faculty, Postdoctoral Researchers and PhD students. Current research includes topics such as values (the unit is home to the journal Valuation Studies), health and medicine, patient experience, algorithms, digital technologies, intervention, revelation, and critique.

For this position, research interests and substantive topics are open, although preference may be given to applicants with interests or experience in any of the following: Technologies of evaluation: rating, ranking and assessment; Digital technologies; visualization; Development and use of algorithms, as played out for example, in the analysis of big data; Markets and marketing

Technology and Social Change is a nationally and internationally leading environment for research and education in how people create and use technology, and how technological change is interwoven with cultural patterns, everyday life, politics and economy. Third cycle and first cycle studies specialising in issues of technology and social change are carried out at the department.

Duties
The Postdoc is defined within the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). This is a large social science multidiscipline, broad, diverse and internationally recognised. Its practitioners research into the human, social, cultural and organisational dimensions of science and technology, broadly defined. The research draws from and contributes to the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, communications, philosophy, psychology, history and media studies. It engages with various contemporary intellectual currents such as social constructivism, post essentialism, actor network theory, feminism and post colonialism. STS has contributed substantially to challenging and rethinking many previously taken for granted concepts within traditional understandings of science and technology, for example, proof, facts, evidence, experiment, demonstration, number, discovery and so on. Much of the most recent successful research in STS has further contributed to respecifying key concepts within and beyond the social sciences: it has set about reworking traditional social science concepts such as the social, relation, norms, interests, values and so on.

The successful candidate will join an expanding research group within Tema T (Technology and Social Change) which is developing a focus on these cutting edge issues within STS. The appointee will be expected to be familiar with contemporary theoretical themes in STS such as materiality, ontology, multiplicity and agency. The particular focus of research and substantive topics of research interest is open, although the research group is currently seeking to expand its research efforts in the areas of: technologies of assessment (rating, ranking and evaluation); digital technologies and new technologies of visualisation; development and use of algorithms as played out in for example the analysis of Big Data; markets and marketing.

The duties of the appointed Postdoc include the Postdoc's own research, teaching, research supervision, applications for research funding, as well as intellectual and administrative tasks undertaken in close collaboration with colleagues. The appointed Postdoc is expected actively to apply for and obtain external research funding, as well as initiating and participating in cross faculty collaborations with regard to research and teaching.

A Postdoc will essentially carry out research. The position may also involve teaching, but for no more than a fifth of work time.

Qualifications
The position requires a doctorate or an equivalent degree from a foreign university. The doctorate shall have been obtained no longer than three years before the expiration date of the application.

Postdoc position in ERC project “Processing Citizenship”

Deadline: January 08 2017

https://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/careers/vacancies/!/vacature/816678

Updated: December 09 2016

The Department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STePS), Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences at the University of Twente is looking for a Postdoc with a background in Ethnography of borders and/or migration to join the ERC-funded project ‘Processing Citizenship: Digital registration of migrants as co-production of citizens, territory and Europe’ (ProcessCitizenship), with Dr. Annalisa Pelizza as Principal Investigator.

Project and work description
‘Processing Citizenship’ investigates the information infrastructure for migrant registration at and across European borders, focusing on how citizenship, modernist institutions and territory are co-produced.

Intensifying migration waves are changing EU policies―with Hotspots being set up in frontline countries―but also the way knowledge about migrants, institutions and territory is created. Information systems are key enablers of this knowledge. They materialize legislative, political, administrative dynamics in which citizenship, state and borders are co-produced. ProcessingCitizenship aims to establish information systems as ‘interfaces’ that make visible changes in the modern nation state. It aims to develop a history of the present that accounts for contemporary materially-embedded practices of registration of migrants at Hotspots as activities of governance formation.
The project combines border studies and surveillance studies in IT and migration with a materialist performative approach derived from science and technology studies and media geography. Data will be collected via qualitative and computational techniques.

We offer a trans-disciplinary, interactive and international research environment in a leading Science and Technology Studies (STS) department. The appointee will be a key member of a team of eight, working in close relationship with the Principal Investigator. The project’s framework being given, s/he will have the opportunity to independently take day-to-day decisions and plan responsibilities.

Activities
The postdoctoral researcher will work with the Principal Investigator in further developing the theoretical and methodological framework. Together with the PI, s/he will train the team of three PhD students in ethnographic and qualitative interviewing methodologies, and co-supervise them.

Fieldwork research will be conducted mainly at Hotspots for migrant registration in Greece and Italy. It will consist of participant observation of identification and registration practices, focusing on the techno-social settings, and qualitative interviews with migrants about their everyday experiences with the registration system.

As part of the team, the appointee will support communication and organizational activities related to the project, and participate in publishing and conferential initiatives.

Profile
The ideal candidate has a PhD (or equivalent) degree in anthropology, constructivist sociology, political science, human geography or neighbouring disciplines, and demonstrable experience in ethnographic methodologies and migration/border research. The candidate must be fluent in English and preferably in another language as specified below. Knowledge of Dutch is not a requirement.

Essential:
• PhD completed at the latest by September 2017
• Demonstrable knowledge of border/migration studies and on-field experience of ethnographic methodologies
• Demonstrable experience of and willingness to embark in international fieldwork research
• Commitment to the project’s success, willingness to collaborate in a research team and write joint publications
• Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to plan one’s and others’ work and meet deadlines
• Record of topical publications
• Sound understanding of the potential non-academic impacts of the research and ways of engaging with it
• Familiarity with management of resources and willingness to accept Horizon2020 administrative and ethical behaviour

Desirable
• Linguistic fluency either in Arabic (strongly desirable), modern Greek or Italian
• Research experience after PhD
• Knowledge of major STS approaches and/or STS literature in information infrastructures
• Ability to think across disciplinary boundaries, creating an inclusive and creative culture

Conditions of employment
We offer a full-time contract (38 hours per week) spanning a period of 2 years. The appointee is expected to take office on June 1st, 2017 (although a later start date may be negotiated). Depending on relevant background and experience, the gross monthly salary on a full time basis ranges from € 3.427,- to € 4.514,- per month.

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Universities (CAO). Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. International employees are entitled to a 30% tax allowance.

We offer excellent auxiliary terms of employment, such as professional and personal development programs; a secondary remuneration package; a dynamic environment with enthusiastic colleagues; an organization focusing on internationalization and a high degree of responsibility and independence. Last but not least, the University of Twente combines a unique location at the core of Europe – with major cities easily reachable by train (e.g., Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Düsseldorf and the Ruhr Area) – with a truly international academic environment and a high quality of life.

Application procedure
Applications should be submitted via https://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/careers/vacancies/!/vacature/816678 before January 8, 2017 h. 23:59 (CET).
Applications should include:
• a motivation letter describing why you would be a good fit for this project;
• a one-page description of your future research plans;
• curriculum vitae, including list of publications;
• one publication, preferably showing experience in ethnographic methodologies;
• two letters of reference, including referee contacts.

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.
The first interview round will take place in the second half of January 2017. In case needed, a second round of interviews will be conducted in the first half of February 2017. For more information on this position please contact Dr. Annalisa Pelizza (Principal Investigator) a. pelizza@utwente.nl.

In case of equal qualifications, recruitment will be conducted with an attention to fostering gender, age, linguistic and national diversity. Hence, submissions from international candidates and/or from candidates from academically under-represented groups are welcome.

Fully-funded 4-year Ph.D. position on Fearful Technologies, TU Eindhoven

Deadline: January 01 2017

http://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/-phd-position-on-fearful-technologies-286591.html

Updated: November 22 2016

Fully-funded 4-year Ph.D. position on "Fearful Technologies: Historical and ethical perspectives on the role of fear in pro-technology discourses"

The PhD position is interdisciplinary with a shared advisory team from the Technology, Innovation and Society Group (dr. Kalmbach, prof.dr. v.d. Vleuten) and the Philosophy & Ethics Group (dr. Spahn) of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology and has a focus on the historical and ethical perspectives on the role of fear in pro-technology discourses. We invite applications for a 4-year fully funded PhD starting at the latest in June 2017.

Research Context
Fears of technologies are a prominent research topic in Science and Technology Studies and Risk Research. Industry, academia, and policy makers have been eager to develop strategies to overcome such fears. An area that has, however, been neglected so far is the question how the promotion of new technologies has itself appealed to fears. To name only a few examples: The fear that 'the lights could go out' has been addressed continuously in the promotion of nuclear energy; the fear that one could miss out on the meaning of life is stressed in the promotion of in-vitro-fertilization; and the fear that the world's knowledge could get lost is emphasized in the calls for digital archives.

Our project will therefore investigate the argumentative role of fear in pro-technology discourses and the effects of these appeals to fear. It will bring together research from history and ethics of technology. The main research question will be: Which role did and do emotions, and especially fear play (historically) in the pro-technology discourse of emerging technologies and how should these appeals to fear be evaluated from an ethical perspective? We will investigate this question on the basis of empirical case studies and in relation to the ethical debate on the role of emotions and fear in technology acceptance.

Your Profile
The candidate holds a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in one of the following fields: History (of Technology / Sciences), Philosophy, Sciences and Technology Studies, Innovation Studies, or related fields. The candidate has excellent writing and qualitative analytic skills, fluency in English (which is the working language of the research group), and a strong interest in conducting research in an interdisciplinary and international team. The candidate should be able to take up the position latest by June 1.

The TU/e is an equal opportunity employee. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Our Offer
We offer a four-year PhD position in a vibrating research environment which is shaped by an interdisciplinary and international team of researchers and their tight integration in (inter)national research networks. The position comes with a gross salary of € 2.191 per month in the first year, increasing to €2.801 per month in the fourth year. Additionally, Eindhoven University of Technology provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (amounts to 8% of the annual salary), an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8,3%), and a number of additional benefits. The candidate will be given the possibility to gain teaching experience as well as to receive graduate training.

Application
The application should contain the following documents:
- a letter of motivation which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;
- a curriculum vitae (including, if applicable, a publication list and a teaching overview)
- a research statement (roughly 500 words, plus (short!) bibliography) in which you elaborate on your ideas for a research focus in line with the project
- names and contact information of three persons willing to provide references.


If you are interested in this position, we invite you to apply before January 1, 2017. To apply please click http://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/-phd-position-on-fearful-technologies-286591.html and use the ‘apply now’ button. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. Please do not send us applications by e-mail. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in Eindhoven (travel expenses will be covered) or via a video call end of January 2017, decision about the appointment will be made shortly after the interviews. The appointment is initially for a period of one year; contingent on satisfactory performance, the position will be extended by a maximum of an additional three years leading to the completion of a PhD thesis.

IEEE History Center Life Member Internship for 2017

Deadline: March 01 2017

http://www.ieee.org/about/history_center/internship.html

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 http://www.ieee.org/about/history_center/internship.html.

The Center can be contacted at: IEEE History Center, S. C. Williams Library 350, 1 Castle Point Terrace, Hoboken, NJ 07030, ieee-history@ieee.org, +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

http://www.ieee.org/web/aboutus/history_center/about/fellowship.html

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 http://www.ieee.org/web/aboutus/history_center/about/fellowship.html. The deadline for completed applications is 1 February 2017. Inquiries can also be sent to ieee-history@ieee.org.

The Center can be contacted at: IEEE History Center, S. C. Williams Library 350, 1 Castle Point Terrace, Hoboken, NJ 07030, ieee-history@ieee.org, +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

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-fees/view/wales-dtp-esrc-phd-studentships-in-social-sciences

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:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-fees/funding-options/research-councils/esrc-wales-doctoral-training-centre

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, (graduateoffice@cardiff.ac.uk) can also help with questions about the application process.

2017-2018 Lemelson Center Fellowships and Travel Grants

Deadline: December 01 2016

Updated: November 04 2016

Through its fellowships and travel grants, the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation supports research projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation in American society. Projects may include (but are not limited to) historical research and documentation projects resulting in dissertations, publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, documentary films, or other multimedia products.

Our programs provide access to the expertise of the Institution's research staff (http://americanhistory.si.edu/about/staff) and the vast invention and technology collections of the National Museum of American History (NMAH). The NMAH Archives Center (http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives/collections) documents both individuals and firms across a range of time periods and subject areas. Representative collections include the Western Union Telegraph Company Records, ca. 1840-1994 and the Earl S. Tupper Papers, documenting Tupper, and his invention, Tupperware. In addition, the NMAH Library offers long runs of historical technology serials like Scientific American and American Machinist, and the American Trade Literature collection (http://library.si.edu/trade-literature), which includes 300,000 catalogs, technical manuals, and advertising brochures for some 30,000 firms, primarily from 1880-1945. For a comprehensive catalog of objects, manuscripts, images and research materials available at the NMAH (and other Smithsonian units), see http://www.collections.si.edu/.

The Lemelson Center invites applications covering a broad spectrum of research topics in the history of technology, invention, and innovation. However, the Center especially encourages project proposals whose topics align with one (or more) of the Lemelson Center’s strategic research and programmatic areas, including: (1) the role of place in invention and innovation; (2) the cultivation and training of inventors and innovators; (3) innovation in sports technology; (4) the role of risk and failure in invention and innovation; (5) the role of venture capitalists and other intermediaries (e.g. patent attorneys, incubators, designers, etc) in the process of innovation; or (6) projects that illuminate inventors from diverse backgrounds or any inventions and technologies associated with groups (e.g. women, minorities, disabled, LGBT, etc.) that are traditionally under-represented in the historical record.

The Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship supports the work of an experienced author or senior scholar (at the associate/full professor level or equivalent) from the history of technology, science and technology studies, business history, museum studies, STEAM education, or an allied field. The specific arrangement is flexible: the Molella Fellow may use the funds as a sabbatical supplement; for several short-duration visits; for a single residency focused on research and writing; or for a series of lectures leading to a major publication. The stipend is $35,000. Funds may be used flexibly to support travel for several short-term visits, living expenses for longer residences up to six months, and related research expenses; dates are flexible. Applications are due December 1, 2016. For application procedures and additional information, see http://invention.si.edu/arthur-molella-distinguished-fellowship. Applicants are encouraged to consult with the fellowship coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact historian Eric S. Hintz, Ph.D. at +1 202-633-3734 or hintze@si.edu.

The Lemelson Center Fellowship Program annually awards 2 to 3 fellowships to pre-doctoral graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and other professionals who have completed advanced training. Fellows are expected to reside in the Washington, D.C. area, to participate in the Center's activities, and to make a presentation of their work to colleagues at the museum. Fellowship tenure is based upon the applicant’s stated needs (and available funding) up to a maximum of ten weeks. Stipends will be $630/week for pre-doctoral fellows and $925/week for post-doctoral and professional fellows. Applications are due December 1, 2016. For application procedures and additional information, see http://invention.si.edu/lemelson-center-fellowship-program. Researchers are encouraged to consult with the fellowship coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact historian Eric S. Hintz, Ph.D. at +1 202-633-3734 or hintze@si.edu.

The Lemelson Center Travel to Collections Award Program annually awards 3 to 4 short-term travel grants to encourage the use of its invention-related collections. Awards are $150 per day for a maximum of 10 business days and may be used to cover transportation, living, and reproduction expenses; they are intended only for applicants who reside or attend school beyond commuting distance of the NMAH. Applications are due December 1, 2016. See http://invention.si.edu/lemelson-center-travel-collections-awards for application procedures and additional information. Researchers are encouraged to consult with the travel award coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact archivist Alison Oswald at +1 202-633-3726 or oswalda@si.edu.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics, University of Pennsylvania

Deadline: December 05 2016

http://medicalethics.med.upenn.edu/education/penn-fellowship-in-advanced-biomedical-ethics

Updated: October 07 2016

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine invites applications for the postdoctoral Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics. This 2-year Fellowship seeks to train scholars and future leaders in academic biomedical ethics. Appointments will commence in Summer 2017.

Fellows will participate fully in the life of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, which is among the world’s leading bioethics departments. They will have full access to the intellectual resources of the Penn community.

Fellows will receive a generous annual stipend, benefits, and funds for academic books and travel. Depending on educational needs and career goals, fellows may also receive support to pursue a Master of Bioethics (MBE) or Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME) degree.

Applications are invited from scholars with doctoral degrees in hand (MDs, PhDs or equivalent, JDs), or who will receive such degrees by May 2017. Doctorates may be in any relevant field, including but not limited to philosophy, political science, or any of the social sciences. Prior experience in bioethics is not required.

Interested applicants should visit http://medicalethics.med.upenn.edu/education/penn-fellowship-in-advanced-biomedical-ethics for more information and a link to the application form. Application deadline is December 5, 2016.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Angela Golub, Administrative Coordinator, by email at ethxfell@upenn.edu

Linda Hall Library Seeks Fellows Among Science, Technology Historians

Deadline: January 16 2017

http://www.lindahall.org/fellowships

Updated: October 05 2016

The Linda Hall Library is pleased to announce its fellowship program for the academic year 2017/18. Fellowships, lasting anywhere from one week to a full academic year, are awarded to outstanding projects in history of science and related science and technology studies fields that make use of the Library’s collections. Awards range from up to $3,000 per month for pre-doctoral fellows to $4,200 per month for post-doctoral fellows.

For the academic year 2017/18, the Linda Hall Library will also launch its innovative 80/20 Fellowship. To prepare graduate students for diverse career possibilities, 80/20 pre-doctoral fellows will spend 80% of their time pursuing dissertation-related research in the Library’s collections and 20% gaining valuable career-related skills as they plan, curate, and mount an exhibition based on their research and Library’s holdings.

The Linda Hall Library, located next to the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Kansas City, Mo., is among the world’s leading independent research libraries, boasting extensive primary and secondary sources related to environmental sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, earth sciences, engineering, astronomy, meteorology, and the life sciences. The Library holds more than 10,000 rare books dating from the 15th century to the present, as well as 500,000 monograph volumes and more than 48,000 journal titles from around the world, with especially strong holdings in Soviet and East Asian science. Its collections also contain conference proceedings, government publications, technical reports, and over 200,000 industrial standards. Fellows at the Linda Hall Library participate in a vibrant intellectual community alongside in-house scholars and colleagues from nearby research institutions.

For more information and to apply online by January 16, 2017, visit: http://www.lindahall.org/fellowships

Postdocs in Society and Neuroscience Program, Columbia University

Deadline: November 28 2016

http://bit.ly/raps-pssn2017

Updated: September 27 2016

The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar/scientist or associate research scholar/scientist position to begin July 1, 2017.

Description:

Columbia University is pleased to announce three interdisciplinary postdoctoral positions in the Presidential Scholars in Society & Neuroscience program for researchers who have earned the doctorate, or its equivalent, in:

(1) a humanities, arts, or social science discipline - such as psychiatry, psychology, public health, law, history, economics, literature, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, political science, journalism, music and the arts - and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, neuroscience research;

or

(2) neuroscience or a related discipline in the natural sciences, and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, another discipline in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

These Scholars will join an innovative program, Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience (http://presidentialscholars.columbia.edu/), which includes a total of nine postdoctoral research scholars and a large group of mentors and affiliated faculty from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.


To Apply:

Review of applications will begin on November 28, 2016 and will continue until the positions are filled. Candidates must hold a doctoral-level degree (PhD, DPhil, EdD, JD, MD, etc.) by July 1, 2017, and must have received this degree after July 1, 2012.

Please visit Columbia University's online application site (http://bit.ly/raps-pssn2017) for further information about this posting and to submit your application. All submissions must include a proposal for an interdisciplinary research project, and must be submitted via the online platform.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Postdoctoral Fellowships, Science in Human Culture Program Northwestern University

Deadline: January 09 2017

http://www.shc.northwestern.edu/post-doctoral/

Updated: September 22 2016

The Science in Human Culture Program (SHC) at Northwestern University invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the contextual study of science, technology, or medicine, to run September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2019. Two Fellows will be selected. Applications are welcome from scholars who study science, technology, or medicine in any region of the world and from any of a range of historical, philosophical, sociological, anthropological, or literary perspectives. Each Fellow will be affiliated with both the SHC program and an appropriate disciplinary department in Weinberg College (History, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, etc.).

Fellows will pursue a program of independent scholarship under the guidance of a faculty mentor. They will also design and teach two undergraduate courses each year, over the course of the three-quarter-long teaching year. (Typically these will be one seminar and one lecture course, to be listed by the affiliated department.) Fellows will also help organize and run the SHC visiting lecturer series. They are expected to be active participants in intellectual activities in both SHC and their affiliated departments and to deliver one public lecture each year.

Applicants with a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) must have completed it after September 1, 2012. Applicants without a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) must complete all the requirements for the degree before September 1, 2017. At time of application, the applicant must be available for the full two-year term. The stipend is $56,500 in the first year of the fellowship. In addition, the Fellow is eligible for $3,500 per year to fund research and conference travel, and up to $1,500 for allowable relocation expenses in the first year. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position.

In order to ensure full consideration, all application materials other than letters of recommendation must be received by January 9, 2017. Letters of recommendation are due no later than January 16, 2017. Because your references will not receive submission instructions until you submit your completed application, we recommend that you submit your application well before the deadline.

For FAQs and details on preparing an application and applying online, please visit http://www.shc.northwestern.edu/post-doctoral/. Administrative questions not addressed on the webpage should be directed to Natasha Dennison at shc-program@northwestern.edu. Substantive questions may be addressed to the program director at helen.tilley@northwestern.edu. For more information about departments or programs at Northwestern, see http://offices.northwestern.edu/browse/A/academic.

AA/EOE. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Team Science, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University

http://philjobs.org/job/show/5470

Updated: September 15 2016

The Toolbox Project (http://toolbox-project.org/), an NSF-funded initiative based at Michigan State University that focuses on enhancing the quality of interdisciplinary team science, seeks candidates to fill a 12-month postdoctoral Research Fellow position beginning as soon as August 2016 but no later than January 2017. Candidates will be based in East Lansing, Michigan, with potential for negotiation. This is a one-year position, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

The successful applicant will become part of an interdisciplinary team dedicated to investigating the use of philosophical concepts and methods to enhance communication and collaboration in interdisciplinary research. Responsibilities will be divided between (a) research on the communicative and collaborative aspects of cross-disciplinary team science in a variety of contexts, e.g., traditional social and biophysical science, health science, environmental science, (b) dissemination of research results in publications and presentations, and (c) delivery of Toolbox workshops and the collection of associated data. There will be opportunities to work with high-profile groups and institutions in the US and internationally. The successful applicant will also be expected to continue their own scholarship, and will receive support for those activities.

Minimum Qualifications:
We are seeking candidates who are committed to a research career in the science of team science (broadly construed), have research and training experience in areas related to this field, and have an outstanding academic record.

- Education: Ph.D. degree in a social science field, philosophy with a social science emphasis, or an interdisciplinary field that includes a social science component by the time of appointment
- Knowledge: expertise in some combination of social psychology, statistical methods, mixed methods, evaluation research, small group dynamics, philosophy of science, communication theory
- Abilities: demonstrated oral and written communication skills; ability to think creatively about communication, collaboration, and scientific inquiry; ability to interact with members of other disciplines and integrate concepts from related fields; strong interpersonal and decision-making skills
- Technical Skills: data analysis and visualization in R; interview skills; focus group or workshop facilitation skills
- Must possess: willingness to travel and work a variable schedule as needed

Additional Desirable Qualifications:
- Experience or background with: experience on a collaborative, cross-disciplinary research project; experience conducting philosophical analysis of scientific processes, broadly construed
- Knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following techniques: sampling techniques, network analysis, systems dynamic modeling, data visualization, bibliometric analysis, portfolio analysis, science mapping, measurement development/validation, psychometrics

How to apply:
Review of applications will be ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website, posting # 3743. Applications should include (a) a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s interest in the position and how the applicant meets the qualifications specified above, (b) a current CV, and (c) 3 letters of recommendation. Queries may be directed to Professor Michael O’Rourke, Chair of the Search Committee, toolbox@msu.edu.

Web address to apply: http://jobs.msu.edu