Postdoc positions at Northeastern University

Below are two notices for postdoc positions at Northeastern University

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Postdoctoral Research Associate at Northeastern University  Interdisciplinary Work in Social Science and Environmental Health

Northeastern University’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of Health Sciences, seeks a postdoctoral research associate to help shape the new Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI), which began in July 2012. This is a one-year postdoctoral position, with potential for renewal for a second year.  Led by Dr. Phil Brown, SSEHRI is a long-standing research group that originated with the Contested Illnesses Research Group at Brown University, which started in 1999 and has pioneered in collaborations between life scientists and social scientists. SSEHRI has many funded projects, and maintains an ongoing connection with the Contested Illnesses Research Group. SSEHRI aims to build a thriving space for collaborations between life sciences and social sciences that trains scholars for interdisciplinary collaborations that effectively improve the study and remediation of environmental health questions. The postdoc will develop their own research in the social study of environmental health issues with the assistance of the Institute’s interdisciplinary research group.  The postdoc will have a regular mentor, opportunities for collaboration on existing research, involvement with other postdocs, multiple venues for presenting work in progress, the option to take or audit courses, and opportunities for guest lecturing.

Additionally the postdoctoral research associate will play a major role in carrying out the Institute’s multiple activities which

include: 1) biomonitoring and household exposure, including innovative methods of reporting individual data to participants ; 2) conducting the NSF-funded “Research Training Program – New Directions in Environmental Ethics: Emerging Contaminants, Emerging Technologies, and Beyond”, which trains postdocs and doctoral students, and developing an NIH training grant to extend that work; 3) developing curriculum on environmental health for social scientists, and social science for environmental health scientists, to be offered via website and CDs; 4) studying researchers’ experience of social science-life science collaboration; 5) integrating comprehensive doctoral training in environmental sociology to make Northeastern the premier location for such training; 6) networking environmental health communities with faculty and students for research and internships; 7) developing and studying the use of low-cost tools for community-based environmental monitoring in coordination with Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (publiclaboratory.org); 8) working with Hospitals for a Healthy Environment in Rhode Island and Health Care Without Harm on greening the health care system in collaboration with hospitals, professional associations, unions, food organizations, state and local government agencies, and green architecture and building groups; 9) becoming a campus-wide resource for teaching research ethics, cultural competence, and community-based participatory research, including the NSF-funded Northeast Ethics Education Partnership for Research Ethics.

Northeastern University has a strong environmental health presence, including a Superfund Research Program, a collaboration with Brown University’s Children’s Environmental Health Center, and several major grants with Silent Spring Institute.  This position offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The PhD must be received prior to beginning the appointment.  Degrees may come from any discipline, and preference will be given to those with experience in environmental health and environmental justice.

To apply, click on the Apply to This Job link at the top of the page if reading this on the NU website.  If reading this ad elsewhere, go to neu.peopleadmin.com and select Professional, Management and Staff Positions and then scroll to or search for this position.  Candidates should be prepared to attach a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, writing samples (published or unpublished), and three letters of recommendation including one from your dissertation advisor.

The start date of this position is flexible and will be determined at the time an offer is made.

Review of applications will begin on November 16, 2012, and the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled. For additional information write Phil Brown at: p.brown@neu.edu

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Postdoctoral Research Associate at Northeastern University  Environmental Ethics, Emerging Contaminants, and Emerging Technologies

Northeastern University’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of Health Sciences, seeks a postdoctoral research associate who studies ethical issues concerning emerging contaminants and technologies. Moving beyond ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications) frameworks that treat ethical implications as auxiliary to scientific development and inquiry, the training program emphasizes how STS research and methods can transform scientific, policy and public conceptualization of, responses to and evaluation of emerging environmental health issues.

This one-year appointment (with potential for renewal for second year) is part of a new Research Training Program, “New Directions in Environmental Ethics: Emerging Contaminants, Emerging Technologies, and Beyond,” funded by NSF’s Science Technology and Society (STS) Program, which will also fund two to three doctoral students each year.  The Training Program synthesizes three areas on the cutting edge of STS research: 1) emerging contaminants and technologies, 2) public participation in science, and 3) reflexive research ethics.

These areas are tied together by a commitment to developing and implementing research and methods that make science and technological innovation more accountable and responsive to public needs and wellbeing. In addition to developing their own research, the postdoctoral research associate will participate in the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) led by Dr. Phil Brown, a long-standing research group that originated with the Contested Illnesses Research Group at Brown University. Complementary to the Training Program’s goal of developing innovative social study of emerging contaminants and technologies, SSEHRI aims to build a thriving space for collaborations between life sciences and social sciences for training scholars in interdisciplinary collaborations that effectively improve the study and remediation of environmental health questions. SSEHRI has many funded projects, and maintains an ongoing connection with the Contested Illnesses Research Group. The postdoctoral research associate will have a regular mentor, opportunities for collaboration on existing research, assistance in developing new research, involvement with other postdocs, multiple venues for presenting work in progress, the option to take or audit courses, and opportunities for guest lecturing. A laboratory and community component will provide for the postdoc to observe scientific practices and public engagement, and to connect with scientists and social movement leaders, by visiting laboratories and community-based organizations.

Northeastern University has a strong environmental health presence, including a Superfund Research Program, a collaboration with Brown University’s Children’s Environmental Health Center, and several major grants with Silent Spring Institute. The Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute maintains many relationships with research organizations and community groups. The postdoctoral research associate will have a unique opportunity to develop STS theoretical approaches and research directions for the study and practice of environmental monitoring, environmental health communication, community-based participatory research, health social movements, public participation in science, and research ethics.

 

This position offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The PhD must be received prior to beginning the appointment. Degrees may come from any discipline, as long as the candidate has some familiarity with and experience in the discipline of STS.

To apply, click on the Apply to This Job link at the top of the page if reading this on the NU website.  If reading this ad elsewhere, go to neu.peopleadmin.com and select Professional, Management and Staff Positions and then scroll to or search for this position.  Candidates should be prepared to attach a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, writing samples (published or unpublished), and three letters of recommendation including one from your dissertation advisor. The position starts September 1, 2013. Review of applications will begin November 16, 2012, and the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled. For additional information write to Phil brown at p.brown@neu.edu.

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