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Postdoctoral associate sought to conduct research on the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology

An announcement of an open position from the Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility:

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in communication, science and technology studies, or closely aligned social scientific field. Research experience and knowledge of social and ethical issues of science, preferably nanotechnology, is preferred.

For the complete announcement:

Postdoctoral Associate. The Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility (CNF) and the Department of Communication at Cornell University seek a Ph.D. level postdoctoral associate (1) to conduct research on the social and ethical implications (SEI) of nanotechnology, and (2) to coordinate activities within the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) http://www.nnin.org. The position presents an exciting opportunity for an early career researcher. Working alongside the SEI coordinator of CNF and the NNIN, the postdoctoral associate will function as a junior investigator, participating fully in research and related scholarly activities. Additional responsibilities include maintaining SEI website http://sei.nnin.org/, serving as a liaison with SEI coordinators at NNIN sites, and helping to organize annual meetings and workshops for SEI coordinators.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in communication, science and technology studies, or closely aligned social scientific field. Research experience and knowledge of social and ethical issues of science, preferably nanotechnology, is preferred.

This is a one-year position, which includes a competitive salary and benefits package. A second year is possible and conditioned upon availability of resources and merit. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2008 until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, but ideally the associate will start by January 2009. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, send a cover letter addressing position qualifications and goals, curriculum vita, proof of degree, one writing sample, names and contact information of two references. All materials should be sent to Dr. Katherine McComas, Department of Communication, 313 Kennedy Hall, CornellUniversity, Ithaca, NY 14853. For additional information, e-mail Dr. McComas (kam19 @cornell.edu) or telephone 607.255.6508.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

—Jim

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