Postdoctoral Fellowships in Science and Technology Studies

York University

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: May 1, 2014


York University announces two, three-year postdoctoral Fellowships in science and religion studies, funded by the Templeton Religion Trust grant ‘Clash Narratives in Context: Uncovering the Social and Cultural Drivers of Contemporary Science vs. Religion Debates’.

This multidisciplinary social sciences and humanities research project run in partnership with Coventry University (UK) and in association with the British Library and British Science Association will employ four intersecting approaches: qualitative social science field research; oral history, historical and media discourse analysis; social psychology experimental research; and a large scale quantitative survey of public perceptions, attitudes and identity formation in the UK and Canada. The research team will be co-directed by principal investigators Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker (Coventry University, UK) and Prof. Bernard Lightman (York University).

Postdoctoral Fellowship Strand 1:Qualitative Social Sciences research into the drivers for Contemporary Science vs. Religion Debates’
This strand of research will seek to build a more comprehensive understanding of scientists and publics’ lived experiences of the relationship between evolution and personal belief in Canada. The post holder will be expected to work collaboratively with the whole Canada and UK based team including Co-Investigator Dr Rebecca Catto and two UK based postdoctoral research fellows who will be undertaking related comparative social science/social psychology research in the UK.

In addition to engaging in research as part of the ‘Clash Narratives in Context’ project, the Fellow will be expected to contribute to team meetings, dissemination and networking activities for the grant network in the UK and USA, including contributing the project based website and helping to plan the workshop to take place at York in Spring 2015. The successful applicant is expected to have completed his/her Ph.D. in social studies of science, and/or of religion or an STS or sociology related field, within the last five years and before taking up the fellowship.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Strand 2:Historical analysis of drivers for Contemporary Science vs. Religion Debates’
This strand of research will include historiographical analysis and archival research, which seeks to reframe and revisit existing historical discourse in light of overall project findings. In particular it will examine the role of the scientific naturalists in the 19th and 20th centuries. This core piece of analysis will build a more coherent understanding of the origins of the ‘clash narratives’ between science and evolution. The post holder will be expected to work collaboratively with the whole Canada and UK based team including Principal-Investigator Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker, a UK based postdoctoral research fellows conducting recent history research in the UK and Canada and an oral history researcher working within the National Life Stories project team at the British Library.

In addition to engaging in research as part of the ‘Clash Narratives in Context’ project, the Fellow will be expected to contribute to team meetings, dissemination and networking activities for the grant network in the UK and USA, including contributing the project based website and helping to plan the workshop to take place at York in Spring 2015. The Fellow will also work collaboratively with the John Tyndall Correspondence Project centred at York University. The successful applicant is expected to have completed his/her Ph.D. in history, philosophy, or social studies of science, or an STS related field, within the last five years and before taking up the fellowship. Preference will be given to candidates whose work focuses on nineteenth or twentieth century British science.

These awards provide a stipend equivalent to $33,500 plus limited benefits. Questions about the research project and the application procedure should be directed to Bernard Lightman: lightman@yorku.ca

Full applications will contain a cover letter that includes a description of current research projects, an academic cv, a writing sample, and at least three letters of reference.

Applicants must also articulate how their research projects fit within one of the two strands of the grant.

Applications (digital only please) should be sent to Michael Anderson, Administrative Assistant, Institute for Science and Technology Studies at: m_ander@yorku.ca.

Deadline: Applications must be received by May 1st, 2014. The successful applicant will begin their appointment on October 1st, 2014.

Posted: April 14, 2014