Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern


The Science in Human Culture Program (SHC) at Northwestern University invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the contextual study of science, technology, or medicine, to run September 2012 - August 2014. Two Fellows will be selected. Applications are welcome from scholars who study science, technology, or medicine from a variety of historical, philosophical, sociological, anthropological, or literary perspectives. Each Fellow will be affiliated with both the SHC program and an appropriate disciplinary department (History, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, etc.). Fellows will pursue a program of independent scholarship and teach two one-quarter undergraduate courses each year: a seminar and a lecture course. They will also help organize and run the SHC visiting lecturer series. Applicants must complete all the requirements for the Ph.D. before September 1, 2012 or have received their degree within the last five years. The annual stipend is $46,000, plus $3,100 per year to fund research and conference travel. In order to ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by January 15, 2012.

Applicants should send the following materials in electronic form only, in PDF format by email attachment to shc-program@northwestern.edu, with the subject heading of "Postdoc Application":
1) a cover letter that briefly situates your work in relation to the field and identifies the proposed departmental affiliation (please provide complete contact information);
2) a full curriculum vitae;
3) a two-page summary of your dissertation;
4) a two-page research plan for the fellowship period (this may include, but should extend beyond, revisions to the dissertation);
5) titles and short descriptions of at least two undergraduate courses that you could teach;
6) a writing sample consisting of either a dissertation chapter or article (in English, maximum 50 pages); and
7) a graduate school transcript from your doctoral-degree-granting institution.
In addition, please arrange for three letters of recommendation, on institutional letterhead, to be sent either as email attachments (subject heading: "Postdoc application letter of reference"), or by mail to Science in Human Culture Program, 20 University Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-2245. One letter should be from the dissertation Chair, and at least one should comment on teaching qualifications. If the Ph.D. has not yet been obtained, the letter from the Chair should indicate what remains to be completed and should discuss the completion schedule.  AA/EOE: Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged.
Applicants will be informed by email when their applications are complete. Administrative questions should be addressed to Natasha Dennison at shc-program@northwestern.edu. Substantive questions may be addressed to Steven Epstein, program director, at s-epstein@northwestern.edu.

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