Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science Studies at Northwestern University

Northwestern University

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: December 1, 2020

Postdoctoral Fellowships, Science in Human Culture Program Northwestern University
Deadline: December 1, 2020

The Science in Human Culture Program (SHC) at Northwestern University invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the contextual study of science, technology, or medicine, to run September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2023.

Applications are welcome from scholars who study science, technology, or medicine in any region of the world and from any of a range of historical, philosophical, sociological, anthropological, or literary perspectives. Each Fellow will be affiliated with the SHC program and an appropriate disciplinary department in Weinberg College (History, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, etc.). Fellows will pursue a program of independent scholarship under the guidance of a faculty mentor identified after selection.

They will also design and teach two undergraduate courses each year, over the course of the three-quarter-long teaching year. (Typically these will be one seminar and one lecture course to be listed by the affiliated departments.) Fellows will also help organize and run the SHC visiting lecturer series. They are expected to be active participants in intellectual activities in both SHC and their affiliated departments and to deliver one public lecture each year.

Applicants with a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) must have completed their degree after September 1, 2016. Applicants without a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) must complete all the requirements for the degree before September 1, 2021. At time of application, the applicant must be available for the full two-year term. The annual stipend will be in the environs of $56,000. In addition, the Fellow is eligible for $3,500 per year to fund research and conference travel, and up to $1,500 for allowable relocation expenses in the first year. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position.

To ensure full consideration, all application materials other than letters of recommendation must be received before December 1, 2020. Letters of recommendation are due no later than December 8, 2020. Because your references will not receive submission instructions until you submit your completed application, we recommend that you submit your application well before the deadline.

Detailed instructions on how to apply for the position can be found on the programs postdoctoral webpage at

For questions about the fellowship, please contact the program administrator, Janet Hundrieser at

Please read ALL instructions and make preparations before proceeding to the application page:
• Applications will only be accepted via online submission (see link below)
• Please prepare all documents in advance as Adobe PDF files, and please be sure all information is entered correctly and accurately (especially names and email addresses), as there will be no opportunity for online revision after your application has been submitted.
• Please also prepare a list of names and email addresses for your external academic references; you references will be contacted directly by the online system and invited to upload their letters on your behalf.
• All required fields in the application form must be filled before clicking the “Submit” button.
• Be aware that incomplete applications cannot be saved.

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Posted: September 16, 2020