The University of Kent has won money from the AHRC’s cultural engagement fund for its art/science project Chain Reaction!, based on an unsung hero of laboratory life, the Polymerase Chain Reaction machine (aka PCR, thermocycler, etc.)
We are looking for a short-term post-doc to work on the project from Feb-April 2013. The work will involve some project management and the development of public-facing written materials for the final exhibition. The latter might be a short piece of journalistic research on the PCR machine from any angle such as anthropology, sociology, history etc. (There is an absolute gift of a story about its inventor, as it happens …)
What we’re looking for
- Someone recently post-PhD
- With a background in hist sci/tech or STS or science communication, broadly conceived
- No need to have heard of PCR but a willingness to learn!
What they will get
- Developing transferable, impact-ish skills for their CV
- Participation in a fun project – working with artists, scientists and historians
Please respond directly and/or pass on to recent post-docs that you know. There’s no formal deadline – it’s there for the taking by the first plausible enquirer.
To find out more, see the Chain Reaction! category on our blog Science Comma. Informal inquiries very welcome.