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S&T Opportunities

Postdoctoral Associate:
Ethnographic Studies of Science and Technology
Cornell University, Department of Science & Technology Studies

The Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University announces a position for a post-doctoral associate in the ethnographic investigation of science and technology.  The position is available immediately for a one- or two-year period (negotiable).  A Ph.D. or equivalent degree is required in a relevant field (e.g., science & technology studies, sociology, anthropology, history, communication, organizational behavior, strategic planning, etc.).  Applicants with a degree in a scientific or technical field and a record of achievement in analysis of social dimensions of science will also be considered.  The successful applicant will be expected to spend approximately half time on his or her own research and half time on a collaborative project  “University-Industry Interaction in Emerging Research Collaborations: An Ethnographic Investigation.”  The project will examine the brokering of collaborations and university-industry interactions around emerging nanotechnologies.  The successful applicant will be expected to carry out an in-depth study using ethnographic methods of several university-industry collaborations. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to acquire fieldwork experience in the context of a leading S&TS department, as well as to interact with researchers in nanotechnology, nanobiotechnology, and related fields about their work.  For more information on S&TS at Cornell click here.  Salary and benefits are competitive.  Send a letter of application, c.v., writing sample, and the names and addresses of three references t

Postdoctoral Application
Department of Science & Technology Studies
Cornell University
306 Rockefeller Hall
Ithaca, NY  14853 USA

(Applications may also be submitted electronically t Stacey Sullivan at sms252@cornell.edu; be sure to put “Postdoctoral Application” in the Subject line of the e-mail.)  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply; Cornell is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Postdoctoral Research Associate:
History of Science/Science Studies
University of California, San Diego, and Princeton University
The Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy

The use of scientific assessment as a formalized process for evaluating knowledge for the specific purpose of informing government decision-making has expanded since the mid-1970s, but how well have these assessments worked?  As part of the initial stage of a multi-year collaborative project between University of California, San Diego and The Woodrow Wilson School’s Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at Princeton University, we seek a post-doctoral fellow to examine the history of scientific assessments of the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its role in sea level rise caused by global warming.  The ideal fellow will have a Ph.D. in history of science or a closely related field, and sufficient scientific background to understand the technical issues at stake in the scientific evaluations. The fellow will work under the joint supervision of Naomi Oreskes, University of California, San Diego, and Michael Oppenheimer, Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Geosciences, Princeton University.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will be based primarily at the University of California, San Diego campus but must be flexible enough to travel to the Princeton to conduct research there as needed.  Research could begin anytime after July 1, 2007. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate’s position is open to all regardless of citizenship, but requires a completed doctorate and does not support work towards the completion of a degree.  The postdoctoral fellow will be eligible for salary and full employee benefits in accordance with Princeton University guidelines.

Applicants should send a CV and a cover letter describing their areas of expertise and interest via email to Charles Crosby at ccrosby@princeton.edu.

For more information about applying to Princeton please click here.

Candidates may choose to complete the “Invitation to Self-Identify” form.  Providing the self-identification information is completely voluntary and declining to submit the information will not adversely affect your candidacy.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics
Ethics of Climate Change

Major consequences of climate change are now predictable to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty. Many of these consequences will be experienced within the next 100 years - on time scales relevant to emergency preparedness, medical responses, infrastructure alteration, financial investments, treaty negotiations, etc.  These changes will impact the globe, geographically, socially, politically and economically. Leaders of institutions concerned with law, business, medicine, science, sociology, politics and religion will face the brunt of these changes. In the face of these challenges, their actions must be honorable, moral and ethical.

The observation that citizens in poor countries often choose practices that are more environmentally sound than their counterparts in rich countries is a moral and ethical conundrum. Clearly, much more can be done at the level of the individual citizen.

To stimulate discussion of these issues, Inter-Research Science Center is sponsoring seven essay contests. The authors of winning essays will receive US $1000.00 and their articles will be published in Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics (ESEP). The ESEP issue in which these articles appear will be made available online as an Open Access document – anyone with access to the Internet will be able to read it.

There is one contest in each of the following disciplines:

  • Economics/Business
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Environmental sciences
  • Engineering
  • Philosophy/Religious studies
  • Political Science

Essays within these broad subject areas should focus on climate change, and particularly on ethical issues. Please refer to the “Ethics of Climate Change Essay Contest” support document, and the “White Paper on the Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change” for background and guidance.

These contests are open to graduate students (post Bachelors) at any certified university or college. Proof of student status (e.g. photocopy of a valid student identification card; letter from thesis advisor) must accompany submitted manuscripts.

Essays can be a maximum of 6000 words (excluding references and Figure legends) and must include the corresponding author’s name, academic institution, street address, telephone number and e-mail address. Multiple authors – who would split the prize evenly - are permitted. All essays must be submitted as digital PDF or WORD files, and should be prepared following the guidelines detailed here. Indicate clearly under which discipline your essay falls.

Essays must be submitted – via e-mail to esep-submissions@int-res.com - by 0000 hrs GMT on 3 September 2007. All essays will be reviewed by a panel of experts. The winners will be notified by 30 November 2007. Runner-up essays that pass the peer review process will also be published in ESEP.