Anthropology, Sociology, Science & Technology Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Overview: We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow (PDF) to work for one year, renewable up to two years, on a research project funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant, Emerging Health Researchers and the Commercialization of Academic Science. This project aims to build a rich body of quantitative and qualitative data about Canadian health researchers’ experiences of commercialization and will critically examine, through conceptual analysis and empirically derived qualitative evidence, the advantages and disadvantages of commercializing health research in Canada. Further information about the research can be found at:
Duties: The PDF will be capable of working collaboratively with the study team of anthropologists and legal scholars and report primarily to the Principal Investigator, Matthew Herder, Faculties of Medicine & Law, Dalhousie University. Responsibilities of the PDF will include the review and critique of relevant scientific, legal, ethical and social science literature, as well as the development and elucidation of new perspectives and approaches. The PDF will be expected to play a crucial role in qualitative data collection and analysis. The PDF will be responsible to recruit and interview health researchers and will facilitate the creation of “digital narratives”. Writing for lay journals, news media, and on-line publications and blogs is anticipated in addition to publishing in relevant peer-reviewed journals. Presentations of his/her research may include public events as well as professional conferences.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a doctorate in anthropology or sociology. Expertise in ethnographic and qualitative research and in science and technology studies (STS) is required. Knowledge of policy analysis and research ethics is an asset.
Location: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Application: The deadline for applications is 15 March 2013. We anticipate a start date of 01 July 2013. Applications must include a CV, (scanned) transcripts, a writing sample, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of three referees. Applications should be submitted electronically to Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.