Initiative for Science & Society, Duke University

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Position ID:Duke-Initiative for Science & Society-SCICOMMPD [#12496]
Position Title: Post Doctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Science Communication
Appl Deadline:2018/10/30 finished (accepting applications 2018/10/22, finished 2018/11/08, listed until 2018/10/30)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***


The Duke Initiative for Science & Society (S&S) seeks qualified applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship focusing on science communication (SciComm).  The postdoc will work within the S&S Science Communication Program and report to the program’s Director.


Work Activities

·        Instruct or co-instruct (with S&S SciComm Program Director) one science-communication-related course each semester.  This course may be for Duke undergraduates or graduate students.

·        Co-facilitate internal and external SciComm trainings and workshops.  Develop or co-develop (with S&S SciComm Program Director) new SciComm training modules and activities, as necessary.

·        Under the supervision of S&S SciComm Program Director, perform relevant tasks and duties associated with “PFAST Science Communication Team”, including providing SciComm training for PFAST scientists/researchers, developing PFAST resources to be used for public education/engagement and maintaining the PFAST website as a communication tool to keep the public informed on progress of PFAST research.

·        Under the supervision of S&S SciComm Program Director, develop and implement a monthly “SciComm Lunch-and-Learn” series for Duke faculty, students and staff.

·        Assist in maintenance and regular updates of S&S SciComm website.

·        Assist with activities related to Broader Impacts Resource Center (BIRC).

·        Contribute to SciComm scholarship by developing and conducting independent research on STEAM-related SciComm questions, with a goal of publication in peer-reviewed SciComm journals.

·        Perform other duties as assigned by the S&S SciComm Program Director.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·        Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. 

·        Experience designing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.

·        Extensive experience working with the STEM research community.

·        Experience running training/professional development workshops which are conducive to learning and appropriate to the interests of learners.

·        Ability to relate well to different groups of learners of different ages, skill levels and abilities.

·        Knowledge of adult learner and alternative educational methods and the ability to apply these methods for adult and multi-cultural learners.

·        Ability to teach learners of diverse abilities and backgrounds and overcome barriers to success in a multi-level workshop.

·        Computer literacy and familiarity with a variety of audio-visual equipment.

·        Ability to travel domestically and potentially internationally (up to 30% of time).

·        Excellent management and organizational skills

·        Strong desire to work with people from a broad range of backgrounds

·        Ability to function as a team-player and collaborator.

·        Experience with curriculum development and basic assessment/evaluation methodology.

·        Enthusiasm for the subject material that will foster a love of learning.



·        Doctoral degree in STEM discipline or in a Communication-related field.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Duke Science and Society
Box 90222
Durham, NC 27708

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