Postdoctoral Fellow on a Project about Responding to Crises in Science with New Models of Practice and Organization

Postdoctoral Fellow on a Project about Responding to Crises in Science with New Models of Practice and Organization

 Application review begins March 15, 2018

The Institute for Society and Genetics (ISG) at the University of California at Los Angeles (, invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position beginning July 1, 2018.  The Institute for Society and Genetics, housed in the Division of Life Sciences at UCLA, is an interdisciplinary research and teaching unit focused on issues at the intersection of biology and society.  The successful candidate will work with Drs. Aaron Panofsky and Christopher Kelty on an NSF funded project (Grant # 1734683) about the dynamics and implications of recent projects, organizations, and reforms seeking to improve the robustness and reliability of biomedical and behavioral science by tracing examples of contemporary controversies surrounding, for example, the reproducibility crisis, post-publication peer review, “predatory” publishing. The postdoctoral fellow will support the PIs by conducting interviews and participant observation, collection and management of textual materials, the management of student researchers, data analysis, and write up of results.

Applicants with experience and interest in the fields of sociology and anthropology of science and science studies as well as skills in qualitative methodologies, literacy with quantitative methods, as well as strong organizational and interpersonal skills are invited to apply.

Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by the time of appointment, or have received their degree in the last five years.  Certification of completion of Ph.D. degree requirements must be in hand at the time of the appointment start.  This is a one-year appointment renewable for up to three years pending positive review.  The pay scale follows NIH guidelines, ( The position includes health insurance plus a $1500 stipend for conference fees, travel, research equipment/supplies, and other approved research-related expenses.

Applicants are requested to submit a letter of application, which includes an explanation of the candidate’s research experience and interest in the topic, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample (an article or chapter), and the names and contact of three references.  Please submit all application materials online via UCLA’s Academic Recruit Online at the following URL:  Review of materials will begin on March 15, 2018, and will close on April 15, 2018.  Any questions about the position or the application process may be addressed to Aaron Panofsky ( or Christopher Kelty (

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.  For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

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