Assistant Director for Research

John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame

Job Type: Academic Administration

Application Deadline: July 6, 2015

Limited term, full-time position for employment beginning August 2015:


The Assistant Director for Research provides support and direction for the Center’s research initiatives and collaborations. Candidates must have training and experience in the sciences, engineering, science policy, the history, philosophy, or sociology of science, or other relevant disciplines and a serious commitment to exploring questions about the ethical and social impacts of science and technology. Specific duties include:

  • Manage the Reilly Center’s three research areas: (1) The Ethics of Emerging Technologies, (2) People, Policy, and the Environment, and (3) Health, Culture, and Society
  • Oversee the Reilly Center’s mini-grants including announcing deadlines, fielding questions from applicants, convening review panels, and interacting with award winners.
  • Perform research and write reports, as necessary, for Reilly Center initiatives.
  • Facilitate the Reilly Center’s research partnerships both on- and off-campus including coordinating conferences, guest speakers, and other events.
  • Support grant writing efforts initiated by the Reilly Center and by other units with which the Reilly Center partners.
  • Assist, as needed, the Reilly Center’s Director and Communication and Outreach Coordinator.
  • Maintain the Reilly Center’s research webpages.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as needed and assigned.

The successful candidate will also teach part-time (one course per semester) for one of the Reilly Center’s educational programs, either the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) graduate program or the undergraduate minor in Science, Technology, and Values (STV). The hire will be afforded time for performing original research preferably on issues relating to the ethical, legal, and/or social impacts of science and technology or research on science policy.


A Ph.D. is necessary and all requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed before starting the position. Applicants should have training and experience in the sciences, engineering, science policy, the history, philosophy, or sociology of science, or other relevant disciplines. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in grant writing, strong leadership potential, communication skills, and management experience.

The John J. Reilly Center

The Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values is a privately endowed center that is home to a wide array of educational, research, and outreach programs. Reilly hosts a five-year, Arts & Letters/Engineering dual-degree program, an undergraduate Science, Technology, and Values Program, and a Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science, GLOBES – an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in environment and society, and the NSF-funded Social Responsibilities for Researchers training program. Learn more at

Special Instructions to Applicants

Queries about the position should be directed to Melinda Gormley, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, 453 Geddes Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, 574-631-5017,

Applications should be submitted using the online portal at Please include (1) a formal letter of application outlining background, qualifications, and career goals; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a 2-page statement of research interests and research projects that one would like to pursue; (4) a 1-page proposal for either a HPS or STV course; and (5) contact information for at least three references.

The review of applications will begin July 6, 2015. This position is full-time (40 hours per week) and limited term starting in August 2015 and lasting about one year. The actual duration will depend on the availability of the successful applicant. Salary for this position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. It is salaried position that includes a full benefit package.

The University of Notre Dame is committed to diversity ( in its staff, faculty, and student body. As such, we strongly encourage applications from members of minority groups, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who will enhance our community. The University of Notre Dame, an international Catholic research university, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Information about Notre Dame, including our mission statement, is available at





Posted: June 12, 2015