Graduate position at Arizona State University

Graduate position at Arizona State University


The Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes ( and the Center for Science and the Imagination ( at Arizona State University announce the availability of a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) as part of the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project.  The project recognizes that Mary Shelley’s novel, published in 1818, has provided a remarkably durable and provocative vision for the relationship between creativity and responsibility, and it seeks to develop intellectual, constructive, and public activities that examine and celebrate this vision with a historical, contemporary, and anticipatory gaze.  Working with Professors David Guston (CSPO) and Ed Finn (CSI), as well as with an interdisciplinary network extending across ASU and internationally, the GRA will be expected to contribute substantially to the project, both intellectually and managerially.  Applicants for the position should apply and be accepted to a relevant doctoral program at ASU.  Programs in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology (, English (, and Life Sciences ( are particularly relevant, as are applicant backgrounds in science, technology and society; digital humanities; history and philosophy of biology; and bioethics and responsible research.  The ideal candidate will develop an interdisciplinary dissertation project broadly aligned with the Frankenstein Bicentennial, allowing her/him to take advantage of the international coalition of scholars, curators and practitioners celebrating the anniversary with major new projects.  The GRA will receive a multi-year package including tuition waiver, competitive stipend, and health benefits and will become part of a highly visible, interdisciplinary project and team that will provide exceptional opportunities for scholarly research, training, and public engagement.  For more information about the position and the application process, please contact Professor Guston at and/or Professor Finn at prior to applying.

General Information: The Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at Arizona State University is an intellectual network aimed at enhancing the contribution of science and technology to society's pursuit of equality, justice, freedom, and overall quality of life. The Consortium creates knowledge and methods, cultivates public discourse, and fosters policies to help decision makers and institutions grapple with the immense power and importance of science and technology as society charts a course for the future. CSPO has offices on the ASU Tempe campus and as part of ASU’s Washington, DC Center.  

The Center for Science and the Imagination brings writers, artists and other creative thinkers into collaboration with scientists, engineers and technologists to reignite humanity’s grand ambitions for innovation and discovery.  The center serves as a network hub for audacious moonshot ideas and a cultural engine for thoughtful optimism.  We provide a space for productive collaboration between the humanities and the sciences, bring human narratives to scientific questions, and explore the full social implications of cutting-edge research.

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 70,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. For more information see

Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Successful applicant must be regularly admitted into an ASU PhD degree program. GRAs cannot exceed 50% FTE (20 hours per week). For more information on ASU GRA policies and benefits, see



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