A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the department of sociology at Iowa State University (ISU). The postdoc will work with an interdisciplinary team examining the social dimensions and governance of gene editing in food and agriculture. The project is funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Social Implications of Emerging Technologies (see https://geneeditedfoods.soc.iastate.edu/).
The postdoctoral research associate will be expected to analyze both qualitative interview/focus group data and quantitative survey data, help lead a deliberative stakeholder workshop, conduct literature reviews and employ sociological theories related to agrifood biotechnologies and governance, contribute to peer-reviewed publications and presentations at professional meetings.
Earned PhD in sociology or related social science discipline with expertise in one or more areas: agriculture, food systems, agrifood governance, biotechnology, STS studies
Demonstrated qualitative analytical skills
Demonstrated quantitative analytical skills
Record of scholarly publications, including author/coauthor of peer reviewed publications
Demonstrated record of working in multidisciplinary teams
Experience conducting stakeholder workshops
Excellent communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills.
The Research Associate would be based in the Department of Sociology at Iowa State University. ISU is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 33,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff. Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation. Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
To apply for this position, please click on Apply and complete the Employment Application. Send a cover letter stating interest in and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, two writing samples (e.g. journal articles, thesis chapter), and the names and contact information for three references.
Guaranteed consideration date: apply by June 15, 2020
University Title: Postdoc Research Associate – 0100
Salary: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience according to ISU policies https://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/postdoc/policies/. Benefits include medical, pharmacy, vision, and dental benefits, paid leave, retirement, and other benefits.
Starting Date: August, 2020
For more information about the position and the project, please contact:
Carmen Bain, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academic Innovation
Professor of Sociology
20A Curtiss Hall
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-1050 USA