Postdoctoral Fellowship: Center for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University

The Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University invites applications for a 2-­4 year Postdoctoral Fellowship with expertise in science, technology, and society research to join a large collaboration on transmedia engagement of science-­in-­society activities. The primary goal of this four-­year project by Arizona State University and their museum and library collaborators around the country is to create, distribute, and study a set of integrated activities that involve current and enduring science-­in-­society themes, building on these themes as first presented in Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, which will be celebrating in 2018 the 200th anniversary of its publication.

The three public deliverables are: 1) an online digital museum with active co­‐creation and curation of its content by the public; 2) activity kits for table‐top programming; and 3) a set of Making activities. The project examines the hypothesis that exposing publics to opportunities for interactive, creative, and extensive engagement within an integrated transmedia environment will foster their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), develop their 21st century skills with digital tools, and increase their understanding, ability, and feelings of efficacy around issues in science-­in‐society. These three distinct yet interlocking modes of interaction provide opportunities for mixed-­methods research on the potential of transmedia environments to increase the ability of publics to work individually and collectively to become interested in and involved with science‐in-­society issues. The fellow will join a diverse team of university, museum, and community partners.


  • A doctorate in a related area by the time of appointment
  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative research design and evaluation
  • Demonstrated interest in the societal aspects of scientific and technological advance in general and emerging technologies and publics in particular
  • Excellent writing, research, and statistical skills, as well as strong interpersonal, time management, organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Prior experience with and future goals for publishing research
  • Interest and/or experience in: working in cross-­disciplinary teams including scientists, engineers, social scientists, humanists and/or artists; public engagement and deliberation activities.

Target start date: September 1, 2015
Salary: $42,000

To Apply:

Please submit, as one PDF document, a detailed letter of application stating qualifications and experience; curriculum vitae; and two writing samples to Ruth Wylie at Initial review of applications will begin on July 27, 2015 and continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment. This appointment is dependent upon funding from a specific source other than state appropriations. As such, this appointment may terminate if funding is not available.

About Arizona State University

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 sixth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. /


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