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Fellowships & Postdocs

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).

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/