JOB – Postdoc @ ASU; Societal Aspects of Nano-Scale Science and Engineering

The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) seeks to fill one POST-DOCTORAL ASSOCIATE position in the societal aspects of nano-scale science and engineering (NSE) starting October 2012.

The post-doctoral associate is expected to collaborate closely with CNS-ASU researchers, students, and other participants in pursuit of a project to assess through (mostly) qualitative research the variety of impacts and outcomes of the Center. The post-doctoral associate will work directly with Associate Professor Elizabeth Corley, Assistant Professor Erik Fisher, and Professor and CNS-ASU director David Guston on this project. The initial period of appointment will be one year, with an extension of eight months to one year available, dependent upon funding.

Required qualifications for the post-doctoral associate position include: a doctorate in a related area; demonstrated interest in the societal aspects of scientific and technological advance, in general and nanotechnologies, in particular; and exceptional skill in performing qualitative research, including conducting, analyzing, and reporting semi-structured interviews. Desired qualifications include familiarity with quantitative research, e.g., analysis of survey results, bibliometrics and citation analysis, and media tracking, and experience conducting assessments and/or evaluations.

Closing date is September 28, 2012; if not filled, every Friday until search is closed.

A complete application consists of a detailed letter of application stating qualifications, experience, research plans, and teaching interests; curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information of three references. Please submit these materials to: Regina Sanborn, Assistant Director, Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) at (applications by email ONLY). Applications missing any of the required documents will not be considered.

This appointment is dependent upon funding from a specific source other than state appropriations (i.e., a cooperative agreement and supplementary awards from the National Science Foundation for CNS-ASU). As such, this appointment may terminate if funding is not available.

The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) ( is a federally-funded research, education, and outreach center dedicated to understanding the legal, ethical, and other societal implications of nanotechnology. CNS-ASU works intimately with the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (, which is ranked fourth internationally among science and technology think tanks, and first among university-based think tanks, according to the Global Go-To Think Tanks Report. CSPO offers an innovative, interdisciplinary environment for developing and testing research and teaching ideas related to the governance and conduct of science and technology in the public interest.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural, and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 70,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty and more than one hundred national across the globe.

Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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