Monthly Archives: August 2013

Job Announcement: Assistant Professor in STS and the Environment, Drexel University

by Lyn

Tenure track Assistant Professor in STS and Environment
Deadline: October 25, 2013

The Science, Technology, and Society [STS] Program in collaboration with the Department of History and Politics at Drexel University expects to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor. We invite applications for this expected position at this time. The successful applicant would begin September 1, 2014. This position continues the re-invigoration of the research potential of the STS Program at Drexel University, which included the successful recruitment of both a new Director and an Assistant Professor in 2011 and an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in 2012.

Although the particular sub-field is open, we are primarily interested in candidates who investigate the social dimensions of environmental issues. Faculty expertise could, for example, investigate the historical, cultural, political, and social dimensions of the development and use of new energy sources such as wind power, biofuels, smart grids, and hydraulic fracturing; citizen-science efforts to monitor and improve the environment; community responses to environmental exposures related to energy sources; changes in regulatory structures; and/or inequalities, energy, and environmental issues. Energy and environment are central to Drexel’s strategic plan, and the STS program would like to contribute to this area. We are especially interested in applicants with knowledge of social science research methods and strong methodological skills (e.g., in-depth interviews, focus groups, archival research, fieldwork, GIS, or statistics). Applicants’ degrees could potentially be in science and technology studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, history, or other relevant fields. We expect that this person’s research and teaching, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, will contribute to the STS Program, and that our new colleague will participate in and initiate collaborations across the Schools, Colleges, and Centers at Drexel.

Candidates should include: 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) up to three samples of your scholarly writing; and 4) the names, institutional affiliation, and email addresses only of at least three references. Please do not submit reference letters at this time as such letters will be requested at a later date for short-listed applicants. The successful applicant must have completed all requirements for their PhD by August 15, 2014.

Review of applications will begin October 25, 2013 and continue until filled. Please address all queries to Prof. Kelly Joyce at

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is proactively committed to diversity and inclusion in all of its policies, practices and services. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the varied diversity and excellence of the academic community, and all of its complements.

To apply, visit, select ‘3649- History & Politics’ from the Department drop-down box. This position is Requisition Number 5511.

Postdoc Announcement: 2 Year Position at U of Colorado Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

by Lyn

The University of Colorado Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) seeks a two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate for an interdisciplinary team investigating climate processes that shape ecoregions in Western North America, the predictability of those processes on decadal and longer time scales, and the interaction of climate with land, ecosystem and water management. The Postdoctoral Associate will work highly applied context both to understand user needs and to feedback those needs into the climate science aspects of the project. The position requires knowledge of context-sensitive social science methods for analyzing policy and management processes. Stakeholder-focused applications studies will include analysis of policy and management decisions to identify management needs and assessment of relevance of long term changes in climate features to management, and translating climate science and uncertainties into applications. The position is located at NOAA/ESRL in Boulder, Colorado. Review of applications will begin August 26. The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.


On line applications only: see for complete information, including minimum qualifications, responsibilities, benefits, and applications instructions.

Postdoc Announcement: 2 Year Position on Neuroscience & Society, University of Edinburgh

by Lyn

Two Year Postdoc Position at University of Edinburgh

We are seeking to appoint a sociologist or science and technology studies (STS) scholar as part of a prestigious two-year Leverhulme Trust  project on ‘Neuroscience and Family Life: The Brain in Policy and Everyday Practice’ (PI: Dr Martyn Pickersgill; Co-I’s: Professors Sarah Cunningham-Burley and Ian Deary). The research will explore how neuroscience is being used in policy debates and services, and how these are regarded by the individuals and families they target. The project spans STS, medical and family sociology, and social policy. You will have PhD in a relevant social science discipline, with demonstrable experience of qualitative research methods, in a health or science related area. You will also have an appreciation of the issues relating to neuroscience and society from either an STS or medical sociological perspective.

The appointee will be well-organised, have excellent communication skills, a high level of accuracy in all aspects of work and the ability to contribute to a multidisciplinary project with insight and enthusiasm.

The appointee will be based in the Centre for Population Health Sciences at The University of Edinburgh.

This post is available part-time (28 hours/4 days per week) for 24 months. The intended start date is 1 November 2013. Upon appointment, there is the possibility of additional hours up to or including full-time.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Martyn Pickersgill (telephone 0131 650 3202, ).

For complete information, please see