The NSF-funded Center for Nanotechnology and Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara announces three new postdoctoral fellowships to conduct research on the societal aspects of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on nanotechnology.

The CNS-UCSB invites applications from scholars from a wide range of disciplines whose research interests intersect with projects and topics in ongoing Center research. Examples include but are not limited to: public and expert risk perception; public deliberation and participation; technologies and the public sphere; science policy/public policy; the historical context of emerging technologies; the technology innovation system; and globalization and technology development issues. Two of the fellowships are open with regard to interest and specialization; one is to participate in a qualitative research project on gender and race in nanotech public participation and requires relevant experience. Prospective applicants are encouraged to examine the CNS-UCSB research portfolio at <> .

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in a relevant field such as history of science and technology, anthropology, communication, cultural studies, economics, environmental studies, gender and ethnic studies, political science, science and technology studies, social psychology, sociology, or other related discipline. For all three opportunities, applicants should have demonstrated experience in related research, a record of communicating research results via publications and professional presentations, and be willing and able to participate in collaborative, interdisciplinary research.

The positions will be available starting as early as October 1, 2008; later start dates may be possible. Positions are full time with a beginning salary of $41,496-$47,328 (plus health benefits) depending on experience. The in-residence positions are for full-time research, with no teaching duties. The initial appointment is for 1-year, renewable for a 2nd year, based on performance.

Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and the names of three referees to CNS Assistant Director, Barbara Gilkes ([email protected]) as soon as possible. Initial review of applications will begin as early as August 15, 2008, however the positions will remain open until filled.

— W. Patrick McCray Professor & Co-PI/Executive Committee Member for the UCSB Center for Nanotechnology in Society

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