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Postdoctoral position on social and ethical issues in nanotechnology

Ithaca, New York. January 23rd, 2004

Cornell University seeks a full-time postdoctoral researcher to coordinate a new national network on social and ethical issues (SEI) in nanotechnology. The position will be based at the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, and will be supervised by faculty in the Department of Science & Technology Studies.

The NNIN is a new NSF-funded research infrastructure of 13 institutions nationwide. As one component of its activities, the NNIN includes a commitment to building capacity for addressing social and ethical issues (SEI) in nanotechnology. To help accomplish this, the post-doc will: establish a website with resources for research and teaching (readings, primary documents, links) on SEI; work with others to develop resources such as background documents and curriculum modules; identify and coordinate speakers on SEI at NNIN institutions, including arranging for webcasting and archiving of webcasts as appropriate; arrange annual workshops of NNIN SEI site coordinators; administer a small research budget; liaise with SEI research activities taking place at NNIN sites, including history of nanotechnology, workforce education, intellectual property, and ethical investigations; and liaise with SEI site coordinators at NNIN locations regarding local SEI activities.

The post-doctoral researcher will have approximately 40 percent time to work on a personal research project, and will be invited to participate fully in the vibrant intellectual lives of the Cornell Department of Science & Technology Studies, as well as the Cornell nanotechnology community (including the Cornell NanoScale Facility, the Center for NanoScale Systems, the Cornell Center for Materials Research, and the Nanobiotechnology Center). The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewals for several years.

Position requires Ph.D. in some area of science and technology studies, such as sociology of science, history of science, anthropology of science, etc., or evidence of sustained scholarly attention to the field. For information and to apply, contact Bruce V. Lewenstein, Associate Professor of Science Communication, 321 Kennedy Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA, tel. 607-255-8310, fax 607-254-1322, email . Applications should include cover letter, c.v., writing sample, and the names and addresses of three references. 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.

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