Friday, September 12, 2014

Science/Medicine/Technology Tenure-track Position

The Department of History at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, seeks a historian of science, technology, or medicine to begin as a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in July 2015. 

The search committee will consider scholars whose research examines any aspect of the history of science, technology, or medicine in the world outside of the United States between the early 1600s and the end of the 19th century. 

The committee seeks candidates whose work is embedded within broader social, economic, and cultural processes; whose work has a global, transnational, or colonial aspect; and whose work is confined neither to the history of the philosophy of science nor to the intellectual history of a discrete scientist. A PhD or ABD is required. 

Submit a letter of application, a CV, a teaching portfolio, a sample of scholarship, and three letters of recommendation. Candidates for this position must address their comprehension of and commitment to diversity, the liberal arts mission, and the teacher-scholar model in their application materials. 

It is expected that the scholar hired for this position will teach courses on the history of modern science, technology, and medicine in general as well as more focused topics and courses in their area of research and/or regional specialization. 

Review of applications will begin on November 7, 2014. The position is open until filled. 

Applications are only accepted through Interfolio ByCommittee. Please go to to apply. 

Bucknell University is a private, highly ranked, national liberal arts institution that also offers strong professional programs in engineering, business, education, and music. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an appealing Victorian-style town ranked as one of America's best small towns. The Lewisburg area offers a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, small-town charm, and appealing amenities such as restaurants, art galleries, an art deco theater, museums, and boutiques. In addition to the many cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. 

Bucknell University, an EOE, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.

Monday, July 28, 2014

History of Technology - call for applications

The Department of the History of Science at Harvard University is conducting a tenure -track search (assistant professorial level) in the history of technology. A Ph.D. is required by the expected start date, and the Department is especially interested in candidates who show exceptional promise as scholars, teachers and mentors, and whose work complements that of the current faculty. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2015. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a brief outline of present scholarly projects and future plans, a teaching statement, and names and contact information for 3 references. We also ask candidates to submit a sample of recent scholarly work. All materials should be submitted directly to the Harvard academic positions site at We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Application deadline is September 9, 2014.

Please contact Deborah Valdovinos at with any questions.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Research Social Scientist - New York City Urban Field Station

Two Year Postdoctoral Position

The mission of the New York City Urban Field Station ( is to improve quality of life in urban areas by conducting and supporting research about social-ecological systems and natural resource management. It began as a partnership between the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. The Urban Field Station does the following:
  •  Promotes natural resource stewardship and ecological literacy to advance human well-being in New York City
  • Partners with land managers to create innovative “research in action” programs that support urban ecosystems
  • Conducts comparative research and shares findings with counterparts in other metropolitan regions in the United States and globallyLinks to a growing network of US Forest Service scientists and university cooperators focused on urban research

In addition to the network of relationships among scientists, practitioners, and university cooperators, the Urban Field Station is a physical place for visiting scientists and students to convene and to stay while conducting research in New York City.

Working with Urban Field Station staff from the US Forest Service, the Post Doctoral Research Social Scientist will conduct research in the area of complex social-ecological systems. Working from a resilience framework and attuned to cycles of disturbance and recovery across a varied landscape, the scientist will investigate diverse forms of urban natural resources stewardship. The scientist will build upon frameworks that identify natural resource stewardship as a form of governance and a part of social-ecological resilience (NYC UFS publications can be found here: The researcher will have access to existing datasets that document stewardship in the context of both acute disturbances and chronic presses. He/she will explore the emergence and persistence of civic stewardship practices and will work to measure, model, and communicate the impacts of these practices. These impacts can include transformations in individual cognitive states, social relations, governance networks, and biophysical forms and functions.

In conjunction with the NYC UFS scientists, produce peer reviewed literature in the area of social-ecological systems and urban natural resources stewardship Analyze existing Urban Field Station datasets (e.g. Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project, Living Memorial Project) to advance the state of knowledge in this growing field.

  • Assist US Forest Service staff with communications efforts including website content development, white papers, grant proposals, webinars, and conference presentations.
  • Strengthen strategic partnerships with universities and other institutions around research, communications, and adaptive management (e.g. through workshops, symposia)

1. A doctoral degree from an accredited college (in fields related to social science and urban natural resource management, such as: anthropology, environmental psychology, environmental studies, geography, history, public health, sociology, urban planning/studies).
2. Strong analytical, writing, and communications skills.
3. Strong qualitative and quantitative social science research background (includes familiarity with relevant theoretical frameworks, empirical literature, methodologies, analytical tools/software, and academic journal outlets).
4. Proficiency in Microsoft Office software programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
5. US Citizenship is required (permanent residency is not sufficient).

  • Experience with Social Network Analysis methods and software; experience with qualitative analysis software (e.g. NVivo); experience with statistical software (e.g. SPSS)
  • Experience with the professional fields of natural resource management or community development
  • Knowledge of government, academic and nonprofit organizations related to environmental research, monitoring, stewardship, and education in the New York City region.

Duty Station: New York, NY Urban Field Station, Bayside, NY
Start date: August 15, 2014 preferred, start date negotiable
Competitive benefits and salary package.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample to:
Erika Svendsen, Research Social Scientist
USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
New York City Urban Field Station

All applications must be received no later than July 9, 2014
The USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity employer. Everyone is encouraged to apply.

Monday, June 9, 2014

CFP: Mobile Trash, a special issue of Wi: Journal of Mobile Media

Edited by Mél Hogan & Andrea Zeffiro (January 2016)

For this special issue of Wi: Journal of Mobile Media, we are gathering contributions that address the idea of ‘mobile trash.’ The intention of this issue is to reconfigure the concepts of ‘mobile’ and ‘mobilities’ in relation to trash, by its various definitions and formations, from new materialism, feminism, media ecology, media archaeology, and queer frameworks. We’re especially interested in short pieces (2500 words) and creative interventions th at explore mobile trash as pollution, fumes, compost, satellites, e-waste, toxins, bodies, drones, viruses, hacks, landfill, etc. We welcome pieces that poetically engage the politics of trash and speak to its borders, transitions, movements, materialities, shifts, contagions, ecologies, permutations, mutations, and invisible transferences.

The online issue goes live January 1, 2016 and will be accompanied by a print-on-demand issue.

If interested, please send us a 300 word abstract to
Include your name, personal URL, and title of submission.
Deadline for abstracts: Nov 1, 2015.
We will let you know if your project is selected by Feb 1, 2015.
Final submissions due: Sept 1, 2015.