The Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher to play a major role in a two-year project on Data Science & Society. We invite applications from scholars with a recent PhD in science & technology studies (STS) or related fields (e.g., sociology, anthropology, law, media studies, information science) and an active research agenda on the social aspects of data science.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will be expected to devote 50% time to his or her own research agenda and 50% time to working with S&TS Department faculty on developing the Data Science & Society Lab, a new and innovative course that is part of the Cornell Data Science Curriculum Initiative. The lab will engage undergraduate students in two components: instruction in theoretical tools and practical skills for analyzing social and ethical problems in contemporary data science (e.g., data science as ethical practice; fairness, justice, discrimination; privacy; openness, ownership, and control; or credibility of data science); and participation in interdisciplinary project teams that work with external partners to address a real-world data science & society problem.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will have the opportunity to help launch and shape the initiative, to develop curriculum and engagement projects, build relationships with external partners and participate in teaching the course. S/he will work with two S&TS Department faculty members, Malte Ziewitz and Stephen Hilgartner, who will have primary responsibility for teaching the course.
Applicants should send:
Cover letter summarizing the candidate's relevant background, accomplishments, and fit with the position
Up to two publications (or writing samples)
Three letters of recommendation
A transcript of graduate work (unofficial is acceptable)
The position is available for a Summer 2019 start (as early as July 1). We will begin to review applications on February 28.
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PhD in science & technology studies (STS) or related fields (e.g., sociology, anthropology, law, media studies, information science) and an active research agenda on the social aspects of data science. ABD students are eligible to apply, but proof of completion of the PhD degree must be obtained prior to beginning the position. Recent graduates who received their PhD during the last five years are especially encouraged to apply.
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About Cornell University - Department of Science & Technology Studies
Cornell University is composed of thirteen colleges and schools and the land grant university of New York State. Cornell’s unique combination of privately endowed and publically-financed units creates extraordinary resources for research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary education. Cornell is located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York about 220 miles northwest of New York City by road and 220 miles from Toronto. The Department of Anthropology is in the College of Arts and Sciences which has 4,000 undergraduates, 1,500 graduate students, 600 faculty members, and 50 departments and programs. The University as a whole has about 19,000 students, 4,200 of whom are graduate students, 1,520 faculty members, and one of the largest research libraries in the country. The Department of Anthropology has 24 faculty members and offers degree programs at the BA, MA, and Ph.D. levels with 100 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students. Tenure track faculty members receive a full panoply of benefits including retirement, health, and a children’s tuition program. Tenure track faculty are entitled to study leaves with pay after 6 consecutive semesters of full-time teaching and sabbat...icals after 12 semesters. The University provides benefits to legal; and domestic partners (same and opposite sex). Cornell is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.