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The Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies (C-STEPS) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant position to begin immediately.

This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), benefits-eligible, year-to-year appointment. Renewal is possible on an annual basis contingent upon satisfactory performance, the continued availability of funding, and the needs of the program. For additional information and policies regarding postdoctoral scholars at ASU, please see Salary is commensurate with experience.

The successful candidate would be expected to collaborate with C-STEPS faculty and students, conduct research, initiate new funded research projects, and publish results via conferences, policy documents, and academic publications. The Postdoctoral Research Assistant will be engaged in research design, research production, and social and professional activities. Research activities involve development and administration of surveys and interviews, integration and analysis of collected data, grant development and submission, assistance with project reports and administration, and other related activities.

The Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies: C-STEPS promotes collaborative research among faculty, postdoctoral scholars, students, scientists, and practitioners on interdisciplinary problems related to science, technology, information and the environment. The Center places strong emphases on conducting policy relevant empirical research and on training new generations of policy professionals and academics.

We have a number of exciting projects at C-STEPS, including (1) evaluations of science centers, (2) network studies of scientists, (3) international collaborations investigating the use, transfer, and sharing of data and agricultural genetic materials, and (4) studies with the USDOT related to travel training programs and climate change for transit.

Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or expected to receive a Ph.D. by the start of the appointment; experience in science and technology policy, social network analysis, program evaluation, and project management. The disciplinary background is open. The successful candidate will have strong research, communication, and teamwork skills. Expertise in social network analysis is preferred.

Application Procedure: Application materials include:

  • Current curriculum vitae

  • Letter summarizing your interest in the position.

  • Contact information for three references.

  • Writing sample (published or unpublished) that best exemplifies your scholarly work.

    Application materials should be sent to Professor Eric Welch, Director, Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies (C-STEPS), School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University, at [log in to unmask]. Initial review of applications will begin on December 1, 2014. If the position is not filled, review will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required prior to employment.

ASU: Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to excellence, access and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. For the complete ASU non-discrimination statement, please visit

David R. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
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