Monthly Archives: September 2015

Job Announcement: Dibner Chair in History or Philosophy of Technology, NYU

by Lyn

Title:  Dibner Chair in History or Philosophy of Technology

Position Type:  Full Time Tenure Track

Location:  New York

Department:  POLY – 63430

Posting Number:  00978

New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering invites nominations and applications for the position of the Dibner Chair in History or Philosophy of Technology, broadly defined. The Dibner Chair will also be appointed as Full Professor in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society, and cross-appointed in other relevant departments in the School of Engineering, as appropriate. Qualified candidates will be scholars of international repute with a distinguished record of published research in history of technology, philosophy of technology, or science and technology studies, broadly defined, with fields in one or more of the following subject areas: history, theory and philosophy of the interactions of machines and humanity, and/or the biome, and/or urban technology studies, and/or citizen science initiatives, or arts and digital technology, or another area of arts or humanities related to engineering and technology.

Eligibility:  Applicants should: (1) have an accomplished research background in humanistic approaches to technology and science; (2) be willing to lead the development of a top-ranked program in Technology Studies, uniquely located within the School of Engineering of a major university; (3) be committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring; (4) demonstrate a record of collaborative and interdisciplinary scholarly work; and( 5) possess outstanding intellectual leadership. The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering is building New York City’s leading technological institution in the exciting Brooklyn Tech Triangle, one of the premier locations for technological development in the United States.


Job Announcement: Tenure-Track Position in James Madison’s Department of Integrated Science & Technology

by Lyn

Social Context of Technology and Science

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

James Madison University’s Department of Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) invites applications for a tenure-track position focusing on the social context of technology and science. We seek a colleague who is interested in joining an innovative, interdisciplinary technology and science program organized around real-world problem areas. With over 300 majors, the BS-ISAT program in the ISAT Department inculcates in its students strong problem-solving skills through a curriculum that integrates concepts from technical fields, natural science, and social science/humanities in areas including but not limited to biotechnology, energy, environment, computing, manufacturing, and telecommunications. ISAT emphasizes problem-centric thinking and an ability to understand and address complex problems from technical and social perspectives. Further information about the ISAT Department may be found at

The successful candidate will be able to teach courses in the social context of technology and science, contribute to team-taught courses, and advise capstone projects. The social context curriculum is an integral part of the ISAT Department focusing on the political economy of technology and science, as well as ethics and science, technology, and society issues. We seek a thoughtful and intellectually adventurous colleague with an interdisciplinary mindset and the ability to collaborate with technically focused colleagues in developing and teaching innovative courses.

It is anticipated that the successful candidate would be able to contribute to other areas of the BS-ISAT program or the ISAT Department. Applicants’ disciplinary backgrounds might include, but are not limited to, political science, public policy and public administration, history, sociology, anthropology, economics, philosophy or geography. Candidates with terminal degrees in technology or the sciences and extensive experience in the social context of technology and science are also strongly encouraged to apply. Those who bring new and diverse perspectives are particularly encouraged to apply, as are those with industry or government experience. Candidates should demonstrate a capacity for scholarly production and exhibit strong communication skills. A terminal degree is strongly preferred. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a list of three or more professional references and a statement of interdisciplinary outlook and experiences (Other Document #1). For more information and to apply for this position, please go to and reference posting number 0406929. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. The names and contact information for three references will be requested at the end of the application. Each reference listed will receive an e-mail requesting that they submit a letter of recommendation through the JobLink system.

Located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley two hours southwest of Washington, DC, James Madison University (JMU) is a public, comprehensive university with approximately 20,000 students and 940 full- time faculty members. JMU has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity. The university seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the Department of Integrated Science and Technology or Human Resources by the application deadline.

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.


Interdisciplinary Neukom Fellowships, Darthmouth

by Lyn

Neukom Fellows at Dartmouth College Call for Applications

The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College is pleased to announce the Neukom Fellows competition for positions starting September 1, 2016.

Neukom Fellows are interdisciplinary positions for recent Ph.D.s, DMAs, or MFAs whose research interests or practice cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and has some computational component, whether it be a framing concept for intellectual exploration or an explicit component of the work that is pursued. The successful candidate should have a history of collaborative work across disciplines, but still show good evidence of independence and initiative. The Fellowships are two- to three-year appointments, with the third year extension considered upon request after a review early in the second year.  Neukom Fellows will be mentored by faculty in two departments at Dartmouth College, take up residence in one department, and will teach one seminar course each year on a subject of their interest. Beyond that there are no additional duties. Neukom Fellow stipends are $60,000 for 2016-2017. Additional funds are available for equipment, travel, and research materials.

For complete information please see

STS Position at Berkeley: Big Data and Algorithms

by Lyn
The Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society at the University of California, Berkeley, is seeking a postdoctoral scholar with excellent credentials in Science and Technology Studies (STS), History of Science, or Anthropology of Science, and a strong interest in the social study of algorithms/big data. By this we mean both the social impact of big data, and the design processes and environments within which new forms of algorithmic life are imagined and realized.

The successful applicant will join a group of researchers engaged in fostering new STS, History, and Anthropology of Science research, especially in the areas of science governance and regulation, standardization and quantification, valuation studies, the social dimension of information technologies, and the distinctive features of data science. The postdoctoral scholar will become part of and contribute to a growing ecosystem that brings together faculty, postdoctoral researchers, visiting scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students to form a strong network that assists researchers in working across disciplines in the social sciences, as well as informatics, computers science, engineering, mathematics, geography, and environmental policy.

Information on our working groups and activities can be found at CSTMS is affiliated to the Social Science Matrix, the flagship institute that supports cross-disciplinary social science research at Berkeley:

This full-time postdoctoral researcher appointment will initially be for two years, with potential for renewals. The expected start date is fall of 2015. The primary responsibilities of the candidate will include the following:

            • Engage in research that advances our understanding of the cultural and social dimension of information technologies
            • Participate in and help lead CSTMS working groups and activities
            • Participate in educational events that CSTMS may conduct for the campus community ranging from undergraduate classes to training workshops
            • Contribute to building a community of engaged researchers within the Social Science Matrix
A PhD or equivalent is required by the start date in Science and Technology Studies or related field. At the time of application, the basic minimum qualification is the completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation.

Additional required qualifications by start date:

            • Proven track record of interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers from varied areas beyond the original training discipline
Preferred qualifications:
            • Experience writing grant proposals
            • Experience leading and organizing conferences and workshops
The Center is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

This is a two-year full-time (100%) position with a starting salary dependent on qualifications. To apply, submit your curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a research statement and contact information of three references to

Letters of recommendation are not required at this time. If requested, all letters of reference will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

First Review date: September 26th, 2015

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: October 31st, 2015

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

This position is open until filled. Please address inquiries to at the University of California, Berkeley.

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 non-discrimination and affirmative action policy, see


Call for Proposals for CHE Grad Symposium

by Lyn
E is for Environment: New Vocabularies for the Past, Present, and Future
A Graduate Student Symposium in Celebration of Gaylord Nelson at 100
Madison, Wisconsin
March 4-6, 2016
Call for Papers
“Environment is all of America and its problems. It is rats in the ghetto. It is a hungry child in a land of affluence. It is housing that is not worthy of the name; neighborhoods not fit to inhabit.”
                                     Earth Day founder Senator Gaylord Nelson, April 22, 1970
The graduate students of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), part of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, are sponsoring a three-day symposium to explore new vocabularies for the environmental past, present, and future.
What are the keywords or concepts from your own research that give shape to the capacious and elusive term environment? Together we will revisit, question, and supplement the definition of familiar terms we use to think about the environment in order to explore both shared and differential meanings which can open up new avenues for investigation across a broad range of disciplines both inside and outside the academy.
We welcome submissions from graduate students from across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to share their work (on any region, in any period) in one of two formats:
  • 15-minute research presentations
  • Paper workshops for in-progress research of 20–30 pages, to be read in advance by faculty and graduate students
In addition, the weekend will feature a keynote lecture, a faculty roundtable, professional development sessions, social gatherings, and a field trip. Among the participants will be several CHE faculty associates as well as distinguished guests, including Nancy Langston (Michigan Technological University), Kate Brown (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), and Scott Kirsch (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

Applicants should indicate whether they’re interested in a research presentation or a paper workshop, and submit a 250-word abstract (including five keywords) and a brief CV. Complete panel proposals should be submitted as a single submission, with abstracts and CVs from each of the participants.
Please email all of your materials to by October 15, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by November 1. Complete drafts of workshop papers must be submitted to readers by January 15, 2016.
Limited funding to offset travel costs is available for accepted graduate student participants.
Following the symposium, participants will be encouraged to submit content to CHE’s blog, Edge Effects (
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