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Fellowships & Postdocs

Postdocs in Adv Biomedical Ethics and Ethical/Legal/Social Implications of Genetics/Genomics, UPenn

Deadline: December 04 2017

Updated: October 16 2017

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine invites applications for two postdoctoral fellowships: the Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics, and the Program in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genetics and Genomics. These fellowships seek to train scholars and future leaders in academic biomedical ethics and in ELSI research. Appointments will commence in Summer 2018.

Fellows will participate fully in the life of the Department, which is among the world’s leading centers of bioethics research and teaching. 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 Science in Medical Ethics (MSME) degree.

Applications are invited from scholars with doctoral degrees in hand, or who will have completed all requirements for their degree by June 2018. Eligible degrees include a PhD or equivalent, MD or equivalent, and (for Fellows in Advanced Biomedical Ethics only), a JD. Doctorates may be in any relevant field, including but not limited to philosophy, political science, life science, or any of the social sciences. Prior experience in bioethics is not required. Applicants who are members of underrepresented minority groups or who are disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please visit for more information about the Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics, or for more information about the ELSI Fellowship. Application deadline is December 4, 2017.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Angela Golub, Administrative Coordinator, by email at

Linda Hall Library Seeks Fellows Among Science, Technology Historians

Deadline: January 19 2018

Updated: October 12 2017

The Linda Hall Library is pleased to announce its fellowship program for the academic year 2018/19. Fellowships, lasting anywhere from one week to a full academic year, are awarded to outstanding projects in the history of science, environmental history, and related science and technology studies fields that make use of the Library’s collections. Graduate students are also encouraged to apply for the 80/20 fellowship, which allows them to collaborate with staff on a public history project based on their research.

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 engineering, physics, chemistry, earth science, astronomy, environmental science, meteorology, and the life sciences. The Library’s collections include 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 19, 2018, visit:

IPRH–Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Environmental Humanities, 2018–19

Deadline: January 12 2018

Updated: October 12 2017

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to select two Pre-Doctoral Fellows in Environmental Humanities for the 2018–19 academic year.

Environmental Humanities pulls the energy of several discipline-centric humanistic and related movements—environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography, anthropology, and others—into one common conversation about the relationship between humans and non-human nature, past and present. Intensely interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse, practitioners of the environmental humanities are united by their desire to understand the human place in nature, as well as to examine critically the way people make meaning of it.

The IPRH-Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellows will participate in all activities of the Environmental Humanities Research Group, as led by the IPRH-Mellon Faculty Fellow in Environmental Humanities, Professor Robert Morrissey. In addition to pursuing environmental humanities-related research projects of their own, the IPRH-Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellows will participate in a seminar aimed at developing methodologies for environmental humanities research and pedagogy.

Advanced PhD students from all humanities disciplines, including the humanities-inflected social sciences, whose research and teaching interests lie in the area of environmental humanities, are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to applicants whose scholarship explores themes of climate or climate change, indigenous studies, place and space, resilience, or technology.

AAAS Spanish Language Mass Media Fellows Program

Deadline: January 15 2018

Updated: October 12 2017

AAAS serves the growing Latino populations of the US by supporting science communication and education in the language of their communities. The recruitment of Spanish Language Mass Media Fellows helps bring science news to the mainstream Spanish news outlets to share with Spanish speaking communities. AAAS is excited to be continuing the program for the 2018 Fellowship year.

Increasing public understanding of science and technology is a principal goal of AAAS. For some 40 years the Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program has helped develop scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are well-versed in communicating complex ideas to a general audience via placement in media sites across the United States. The importance of increasing public understanding of scientific issues, like the environment and health, is increasing. Reaching out to specific communities, especially those not well served by mainstream science media, is required to make sure science communication and education is available to everyone. We wish to focus on serving the growing Latino populations of the US by supporting science communication and education in the language of those communities and by addressing issues of importance to the communities.

For the first time in 2014, AAAS recruited two Spanish Language Fellows to expand the work with mainstream Spanish news outlets to bring science news to Spanish speaking communities. AAAS plans to continue the program and recruit Spanish Language Fellows indefinitely.

Application Procedures

The Spanish Language Mass Media Fellows application is identical to the regular Mass Media Fellows Application (including criteria). Details can be found within the APPLY tab:

All application materials must be submitted online by 11:59pm EST, 15 January 2017.

In terms of the application packet, some of the pieces should be submitted in English and some in Spanish. Please see below for the requirements.

- Applicant information (contact information, academic history etc.) (English)
- Your CV (please include any honors, awards, and relevant activities) (English)
- General Writing Sample: ONE 2-3 page brief sample of your writing that is on any subject (science or non-science topic) and directed toward a non-scientific audience (using appropriate language for the general public). Please do not include technical or journal articles. (Spanish)
- Sample News Story: A 750-word 'news' story for the general public summarizing a science, mathematics or engineering journal article from the past 6 months (published after July 1, 2015) and describing what the study's findings are, why the study's findings are important and what impact it will have on the public. (Spanish)
- Source Article: The source journal article used to write your Sample News Story. (the news article itself may be in English or Spanish)
- Candidate Questions: Responses to each of the 7 reflective questions found within the application. (English)
- Two "Recommendation Questionnaires" completed online by recommenders you identify. At one two of these recommenders should be from a faculty member who can comment on your academic work. A third is optional but encouraged. Recommendations from those that can comment on your science communication or writing is highly encouraged as well. (English)
- Unofficial transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate work (to be uploaded online or mailed directly to the program, but not both).

Applicants are required to be fluent in speaking and writing in Spanish. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for both the traditional Mass Media Fellowship (in English) and the Spanish Language Fellowship. If you choose to apply for both, applicants will need to fill out two separate applications, and therefore will need to create two separate logins using two different email addresses. Please email if you plan on applying to both fellowships.

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship

Deadline: January 15 2018

Updated: October 12 2017

The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship places science, engineering, and mathematics students and postdocs at media organizations nationwide. They have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets that include the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic, and Scientific American.

The Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, while sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. The Fellowship experience broadens the participant’s career path while increasing the public’s understanding of science and technology. For additional information about the program visit

2018 application available October 16 – January 15

The President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Process at UMSI, 2017-2018, University of Michigan

Deadline: October 25 2017

Updated: October 12 2017

The University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) invites applicants for the U-M President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP ( Faculty at UMSI have a successful record of providing a nurturing and productive postdoctoral experience for President's Postdoctoral Fellows. “The University seeks applicants whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. The program is particularly interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their research and undergraduate teaching the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education”.

In keeping with the PPFP program, UMSI is interested in future colleagues who are in STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), especially computer science (e.g., human-computer interaction, data analytics, computational social science) as well as economics and political science. The position will not require teaching while holding the post-doc position, but we would like the candidate to have teaching experience and/or to demonstrate potential for excellence in the classroom.

Job Summary
The successful candidate engages in research interests that complement our faculty expertise in such areas as computer-supported cooperative work; incentive-centered design; Internet-scale data, network and text analysis; digital curation; community informatics; social computing; information seeking, sharing and use; and health informatics. We are especially interested in qualified applicants whose research addresses important social problems, opportunities, and questions in these areas.

The mission of the School of Information is to create and share knowledge to help people use information -- with technology -- to build a better world. A successful candidate will be committed to, and will directly contribute to our goal of being the best research and teaching institution for the understanding and design of information and its technologies in service of people and society.

The School is home to vibrant research and teaching programs, with 59 core faculty, and nearly 850 students. We offer four degrees: a Ph.D., a Master of Science in Information, a Master of Health Informatics, and a Bachelor of Science in Information.

Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan has a long and distinguished history as one of the first public universities in the nation. It is one of only two public institutions consistently ranked among the nation's top ten universities. The University has one of the largest health care complexes in the world and one of the best library systems in the United States. With more than $1 billion in research expenditures annually, the University has the second largest research expenditure among all universities in the nation. The University has an annual general fund budget of more than $1.8 billion and an endowment valued at more than $9.7 billion. For more information about UMSI or other job opportunities please visit,

Required Qualifications
● Ph.D. in an area such as information, computer science, engineering, communication, or related fields
● Excellent written and oral communication skills
● Demonstrated potential for high scholarly impact
● Evidence of successful classroom teaching experience (as a student or professional)
● A strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and cultural diversity
● Ability to travel to attend/present at conferences and/or research meetings

How to Apply:
Applicants must submit TWO separate applications: one to the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) site ( and a second directly to the School of Information (UMSI) site. PPFP requirements are listed on their site. In addition to the materials required centrally, PPFP applicants to UMSI must submit the following materials electronically to: by October 25, 2017.

Materials due from the Candidate:
· Thesis abstract - one page;
· Research Proposal - 700-1,000 words (not including references and citations);
· Education and Background Statement - 500-700 words describing your personal background and contributions to diversity and equal opportunity through your academic career;
· Curriculum vitae;
· Three (3) writing samples
· Research Statement
· Teaching statement

Materials due from references:
· Three letters of reference

Background Screening
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellowship in Science and Technology Studies, Harvey Mudd College

Deadline: November 15 2017

Updated: October 12 2017

Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, California) invites applications for the Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellowship in Science and Technology Studies, beginning fall 2018. Applications are invited from scholars working on any aspect of science and technology and their social dimensions. We especially encourage applicants whose work draws attention to intersections of science and technology with race, gender, sexuality, class and/or disability. We seek applicants whose research methods draw from fields that can include, but are not limited to, anthropology, communication, history, literature, media studies, philosophy, and sociology. The successful candidate will have a PhD by the time of appointment, a strong and ongoing research program, and the potential for excellence in teaching. Harvey Mudd College is committed to broadening participation in STEM fields. Applicants are asked to provide in their cover letter detailed examples of strategies used to support underrepresented students and to promote diversity in the classroom.

This 1 to 2-year early-career fellowship balances teaching and research. The fellow will teach two undergraduate courses per academic year, and will be encouraged to take advantage of the resources available to support teaching development at the Claremont Colleges. While pursuing their own independent research, we expect the fellow to act as a catalyst for conversations among faculty and students. The fellow will work with the Hixon-Riggs director to lead a faculty reading group in the first year, and to organize and host a workshop or conference in the second year. The annual salary for the position is $65000 and includes health benefits. In addition, the fellow will receive a professional allowance of $3000 per year to support travel and research. Second-year renewal is contingent upon successful performance in the first year.

Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective, academically challenging institution that offers majors in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering. This position, funded by the Hixon Riggs Program for Responsive Science and Engineering, is housed in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts – an interdisciplinary department supporting the college’s liberal arts program. HMC’s membership in the Claremont Colleges consortium allows significant opportunities for collaboration with colleagues at the other Claremont Colleges and the Claremont Graduate University, especially in the Intercollegiate STS Program. Situated approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Claremont offers easy access to LA’s cultural scene.

Applications must be submitted to: Preference will be given to applications received by Nov. 15, 2017. Applicants will be asked to submit: a letter of application, a CV, a short research statement, a writing sample, a teaching portfolio including testimony of effective teaching and a statement of teaching philosophy, two sample syllabi for proposed courses, and three letters of recommendation.

Harvey Mudd College enthusiastically welcomes applications from talented individuals from all cultural backgrounds. The College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will be given consideration for employment without regard to age, race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law. Further questions may be addressed to Vivien Hamilton, Hixon-Riggs Director and chair of the search committee:

Applications now being accepted, PhD/MA Programs in Global Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Deadline: December 15 2017

Updated: October 02 2017

Global Studies is an emergent field concerned with understanding the historical and contemporary phenomenon of globalization that seeks to promote critical reflection on how the world works as an interlinked, interactive set of processes and relationships. Global Studies is a synthesis of social science and humanities perspectives distinguished by its engagement with transnationalism, problem focus, and exploration of interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary, and trans-disciplinary modes of inquiry. As a field, Global Studies now encompasses over 300 undergraduate and graduate programs nationwide, as well as over 60 graduate programs worldwide. Our faculty teach and conduct research in the department's three thematic concentrations: (i) global culture, ideology and religion; (ii) global political economy, development and environment, (iii) global governance, civil society and human rights.

The Fall 2018 online application ( is open now. The application deadline is December 15, 2017.

Admission decisions are based upon the overall strength of application materials as a whole, compared to other applicants in that pool, not solely on the basis of one particular aspect. The admissions committee will consider the candidate’s GRE score, transcripts, letters of recommendation, research/writing sample, GPA, and possibly skype/phone interviews, when making decisions about admission. The candidate’s academic orientation and fit with our field and faculty are also important considerations that should be reflected in the statement of purpose. Please be advised that all applicants must have taken and received scores for the GRE (plus the TOEFL or IELTS exam for those for whom English is not a first language). Intensive preparation for the GRE is recommended.

Before applying, applicants should also read and research the published work of our faculty ( in your intended field of research. This may be useful to include in your statement of purpose as well.

Prospective applicants may also wish to explore the research interests of our current graduate students:

Current Grad Students:

Please examine closely the posted information about the application process to our graduate programs prior to applying (see links below). Applicants may only apply to one program at UCSB at a time. Please remember that our M.A. and Ph.D. are separate programs, and that admission to the M.A. is not routinely transferrable to the Ph.D.

MA Program

PhD Program

General Admissions Assistance:

Financial support options are available to MA and PhD students, including Teaching Assistant (TA) and Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) positions, department stipends, in addition to campus and departmental fellowships. The MA program has enjoyed twelve years of success. It takes two years to complete the MA program, which usually includes a research trip or internship abroad. MA students are fully supported for their first year, but are generally required to TA at least two quarters. In their second year, M.A.s are offered tuition remission and additional, partial support for internships and some TAships, but usually need to pursue some additional funding across the university.

The PhD program is relatively new (our first cohort of students are starting their third-year). The program takes approximately 5 years to complete, although there may be ways to speed up your graduation time (i.e. by taking larger course loads in the second year and completing Qualifying Exams in your third year). Since we only admit a small number of PhD applicants, many (but not necessarily all) applicants receive some type of funding. Ph.D. funding is usually based on a combination of outside fellowships, university fellowships, department stipends, and several years of guaranteed TAships. In the third year and beyond, most Ph.D.s will need to apply for outside fellowships and may have opportunities for teaching and research posts.

You will automatically be considered for all applicable support while your application is being evaluated for admission. Additional fellowship details:

For further information about application process, aid, or criteria, please contact the departmental Graduate Advisor, Erika Klukovich, at:

If you have questions about issues of research, curriculum, or advising, please contact the Director of the Graduate Programs, Professor Paul Amar:

Applicants are also invited to reach out with specific questions to any other member of the faculty whose work interests them.

Warm regards and thanks for your interest!

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

Deadline: November 01 2017

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

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 ( 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

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

Deadline: September 30 2017

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) ( established at DPCT by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) ( 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
• 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 ( 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 ( or telephone at +1-202-378-6230. Apply electronically through the program’s website ( 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

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

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:

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

Deadline: September 01 2017

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
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

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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 Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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

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 ( 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 ( 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 Applicants will also need to formally apply and be accepted to the graduate program (see

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.

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: October 15 2017

Updated: June 22 2017

The Institute for Society and Genetics (ISG) at the University of California at Los Angeles (, invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position beginning January 1, 2018 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. The next review date for applications is October 15th and will 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 ( 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: Any questions about the position or the application process may be addressed to Patrick Allard ( or Hannah Landecker (

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