Monthly Archives: July 2013

Postdoc Positions: Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy; University College London

by Lyn

These prestigious postdoctoral fellowships are designed to enable exceptionally talented early career researchers to develop their research, teaching and policy engagement experience sufficiently to make them very strong candidates for academic positions by the end of their tenure. Provost Fellows will join STEaPP as fully integrated junior members of STEaPP’s foundational team. These fellowships will include:

  1. Dedicated time for pursuing an independent research project (a brief research proposal is required as part of the application);
  2. Working as part of STEaPP’s foundational academic team to develop the Department’s collaborative research activities;
  3. Contributing to STEaPP’s teaching activities; and
  4. Helping develop the policy engagement profile of STEaPP and the related policy engagement and decision support institute.
Applications are warmly encouraged from candidates from across all branches of social, natural and engineering sciences with research, policy engagement and teaching interests relevant to STEaPP. Any disciplinary (or multidisciplinary) background and topical focus of relevance to STEaPP is welcome.
Candidates whose interests and experience are within the following very broad domains are particularly encouraged to apply in this round:
  • Knowledge Systems
  • Engineering and Public Policy
  • Big Data and Public Policy
  • ST&E within Humanitarian and Development Contexts
  • Enterprise Policy
Further information and application details can be found at:
If you have any questions related to these positions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Faraday Institute Essay Competition: Uses and Abuses of Biology

by Lyn

How is Contemporary Biology Used for Ideological Purposes?

The Faraday Institute, based at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, announces the annual essay competition in its The Uses and Abuses of Biology programme.  Uses and Abuses of Biology is an interdisciplinary programme that explores the use of biological ideas in non-biological fields, including philosophy, sociology, theology, political science and media and journalism.

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Deadline: November 30, 2013.

Post-doc Opportunity at Cornell: Scientific Ambiguity and its Consequences

by Lyn

We seek to hire a post-doctoral researcher to advance a project focused on destabilization
of knowledge claims, science communication, and organizational strategies in the field of
environmental conservation. The empirical focus of the project is the monarch butterfly
and new claims that challenge a received wisdom that populations of monarchs are
rapidly declining. Other recent data supports the conventional wisdom of declining
populations in the face of increasing threats and challenges. As a charismatic terrestrial
invertebrate, and because of spectacular fidelity exhibited in its long distance migration
(>5000 km) across North America and its choice of host plant, the monarch enjoys a
status as a conservation icon. As an icon, this butterfly plays a role in public and policy oriented communication; it may also serve to structure organizational programming in
both cognitive and strategic terms. We seek to study how individuals and organizations
respond to knowledge claims and counter-claims and engage with biological science and
scientists. The successful candidate will draw on and contribute to literatures on science
studies, science communication, sociology of science, environmental sociology and/or
other related fields. Interest in reading and interpreting the biological literature relating to
the monarch’s ecology would be helpful.
The position has been funded by the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
( to an interdisciplinary group of Cornell professors (Bruce
Lewenstein, Steven Wolf, and Anurag Agrawal). The position is for one year, but we can
imagine making applications for follow-on funding. Starting date is January 2014. Please
send a single PDF file with cover letter, CV, writing sample, and names and email
addresses of three references to acsf‐ Review of applications will begin
September 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.
This position is located in Ithaca, NY. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League
university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and
staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further
the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Diversity and inclusion
have been and continue to be a part of our heritage. Cornell University is a recognized
EEO/AA employer and educator.