Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Assistant Director of Co-teaching, Center for Science and Society

April 9, 2020


PhD required in any field that intersects with the history of science, science studies, STS, or science and society. Candidates must hold the doctoral degree by July 1, 2020 or have received it within the previous three years.

At least one year of experience in curriculum development, program/pedagogical evaluation, and/or analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, and excellent attention to detail required. Ideal candidates will be able to integrate the research and evaluation of the program into their own research with the expectation of publication. Candidates with other interdisciplinary research interests and a strong background in program development and/or pedagogical evaluation and analysis will also be considered. 


Review of applications will begin March 6, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.


The Center for Science and Society seeks an independent and interdisciplinary postdoctoral researcher with experience in curriculum development, pedagogical research and evaluation, the learning sciences, and/or science studies for a position as Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Assistant Director of the Center’s new Co-teaching Initiative. The initial term of appointment is July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, with the possibility of a renewal for a second and third year contingent on funding and satisfactory performance.

In this role, the postdoctoral scholar will work with senior faculty at the Center for Science and Society to prototype, implement, and evaluate a new cross-disciplinary co-teaching program. With the support of the Director of the Center for Science and Society and the Center’s administrative staff, the postdoctoral scholar will compile a survey of such programs, then guide and advise the development of the co-teaching program into a University-wide initiative that may also include a major in science and society.

With the Director of the Center and Center staff the postdoctoral scholar will also assist in writing grants and proposals to support the program as well as the publication of any research findings. The selected candidate will join the Center for Science and Society, which includes a community of interdisciplinary researchers and scholars working on projects at the intersection of the natural sciences and the arts, humanities, or social sciences. The postdoctoral scholar may participate in collaborative projects with faculty, staff, and students, and contribute to the Center’s programs and events. After the first year of the program, the postdoctoral scholar may have the opportunity to teach one course per year in any field of STS or STS education.

The selected candidate will devote their time to the development and management of the co-teaching program and to research. While teaching opportunities may be available, there are no teaching requirements for this position.


Please submit the following via the posting webpage

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement of no more than 2,000 words outlining previous research (including dissertation), research the applicant plans to pursue during the postdoctoral period, future professional goals, as well as any other information deemed relevant to the application
  • A short statement (up to one page) regarding experience in program development, curriculum development, or pedagogical research, evaluation, and analysis. Please upload as “Other document 1.”
  • A writing sample (up to 30 pages total, combined into a single PDF)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Please contact Associate Director Melinda Miller at [email protected] with any questions.