Mellon Postdoc - Science & Technology Studies

Friday, January 6, 2012 (All day)


Department of Science & Technology Studies

With the sponsorship of the Society for the Humanities, the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship. The department seeks candidates specializing in historical or contemporary studies of science, technology, or medicine to work on the topic of “Difference and Commensuration.” There are many contexts where this project might be pursued: for example, post-colonial history of science and technology; new studies of the senses such as sound studies; queer and sexuality studies; disability studies, studies of traditional healing, magical practices, and non-western science and medicine; or global technology studies. We encourage the applicants to be creative and propose their own projects, including those from neighboring fields. A Ph.D. is required in science & technology studies or a related field, such as the history, sociology, philosophy, or anthropology of science.

The applicant would be expected to teach one of our current lower-level courses suited to their expertise and a senior seminar on a topic of their choice as part of the Biology & Society Major. Potential relevant courses at the lower level include: “Histories of the Future,” “Technology in Society,” “Life Sciences and Society,” and “Sociology of Medicine.”

This postdoctoral teaching/research fellowship in the humanities, awarded for the two-year period beginning July 1, 2012, offers a stipend of $45,000 per year. While in residence at Cornell, postdoctoral fellows will hold departmental affiliation, teach two courses per year and have the opportunity for independent, scholarly work. In addition, the Mellon Fellow is invited to participate in the Society for the Humanities' events, including weekly seminar luncheons. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree after September 2006. Applicants who will not have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of application must include a letter of confirmation from your committee chair or department stating that the Ph.D. degree will be conferred by June 30, 2012.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, detailed statement of research interests, writing sample, course proposals and three letters of recommendation to: Megan Dirks, Program Administrator, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, 27 East Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14853. Applications should be post-marked on or before January 6, 2012.

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