Postdoctoral Associate: Science and Technology Studies

Virginia Tech at Falls Church

Job Type: Postdoc

The Department of Science and Technology in Society (STS), Virginia Tech at Falls Church, VA (Washington, DC area) invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral position for the academic year 2017/18. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Sonja Schmid and contribute to the NSF CAREER project “Globalizing Nuclear Emergency Response.”  Review of applications will start March 30 and continue until the position is filled.

The position is part of an NSF CAREER award on “Globalizing Nuclear Emergency Response: Challenges for Interdisciplinary Engagement and International Expertise.” The postdoctoral fellow will play an active role in the project, work independently on her or his own publications and research, and will teach one graduate seminar over the summer. The fellows project-related responsibilities include collecting and analyzing data (which may require travel), writing articles and reports, and presenting findings at conferences, independently and with the PI. In addition to research, the postdoctoral fellow will assist with all outreach activities associated with this grant, including a monthly speaker series.

Applicants should have interdisciplinary research interests that overlap with the NSF project, for example, in social and historical studies of nuclear safety, nuclear history, emergency preparedness and response, disaster resilience, sociology of organizations, organizational design, operational flexibility, or expert improvisation. Anticipated benefits from archival resources and access to policy-making organizations available in the Washington, DC metro area should be clearly stated in the application.

We encourage applications are encouraged from a variety of fields, including science and technology studies, history, sociology, anthropology, disaster studies, and other relevant fields. Applicants must have completed all the requirements for the Ph.D. by June 2017, or have received their degree within the last five years. More details on the position can be found here:

For more information on the project and/or position feel free to contact Dr. Sonja Schmid <>.

Posted: March 29, 2017