Postdoctoral Associate

Stony Brook, NY
Jul 12, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Description

Postdoctoral Associate-1701911

Required Qualifications (Evidenced by attached resume):
PhD in Communication, Mass Communication, or other relevant social science field such as Social Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, or Education in hand by August 31, 2017;Demonstrated expertise in Women and Gender Studies; Experience designing and conducting research; Experience teaching courses or conducting workshops at the undergraduate level; Ability to communicate research results to both expert and non-expert audiences; Excellent writing and presentation skills in English.
Preferred Qualifications:
High levels of proficiency in qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods social science or educational research;Experience designing new curriculum;Experience conducting workshops or teaching courses at the graduate level and/or for professionals. Proficiency in data and/or project management; Experience with grant writing and management; Participation in other diversity programs either as an undergraduate or graduate and a commitment to promoting diversity in academe. Previous experience working as part of a team.
Brief Description of Duties:
The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will contribute to research focused on building effective science communication curriculum that supports women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. The Alda Center recognizes that gender dynamics in STEM fields often disadvantage women. Communication plays an important role in facilitating lasting cultural change. The Alda Method combines improvisational theater techniques that help scientists to pay dynamic attention to the needs of their listeners and learn to spontaneously adjust to those needs. This approach integrates techniques to help scientists distill their message, shape compelling stories, create common ground, and use conversational language that fosters genuine human connections. This position will advance new research that can help us create a better understanding of specific communication challenges that undermine women’s full participation in STEM. In collaboration with the Alda Center faculty, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will have the opportunity to build on and adapt the Center’s existing curriculum so that it can have a positive impact on gender dynamics in STEM fields.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will focus on advancing research and training curriculum designed to support women in STEM. Working in collaboration with Alda Center faculty and staff, the successful candidate will be responsible for synthesizing research on gender, communication, and STEM, conducting new research, analyzing data, co-designing new curriculum, testing curriculum in the Alda Center’s on-the-road-workshops, presenting work at conferences, preparing publications, collaborating on grant proposals. The Postdoctoral Associate will receive support to become a certified Alda Science Communication Trainer and will help to implement Alda training in the U.S. and abroad. The training experience will enable the Postdoc to conduct research on communication, gender, and STEM in the context of real-world application. The candidate may also teach up to three credits per semester depending on need and interest and may also help to train new Alda Center trainers. Other duties as assigned, which may include attending scientific conferences and meetings.

  • Conduct research in the field of science communication, including conducting literature reviews, collecting and analyzing data.
  • Collaborate with Alda Center faculty and staff to design and trial new curriculum.
  • Conduct on-the-road workshops and/or teach courses at SBU.
  • Participate/assist in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals and/or presentations. May also assist in grant writing.
  • Other duties as assigned, which may include attending scientific conferences and meetings.

Special Notes: Willingness to travel and conduct Alda workshops nationally or internationally. This is a full time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

Please add three attachments to the application: 1. CV (including publications, conference participation and teaching/workshop training experience), 2. Cover letter., 3. Personal Statement (1-2 pages) that outlines your interest in working in the Alda Center, your perspective on the most effective ways to support science communication, and your background experience with and interest in conducting research and linking research with curriculum design.

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Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff. SBU is a comprehensive research-intensive university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which includes 34 public universities among its 62 members. SBU consists of 12 schools and colleges and a teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art healthcare in the Long Island region. SBU also manages and performs joint research with Brookhaven National Laboratory, the only Department of Energy Laboratory in the Northeast, and shares doctoral programs with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a world-renowned molecular biology institute. Home to the Emerson String Quartet, the Jackson Pollack House in East Hampton, New York, the Humanities Institute, and the Southampton Arts Program, and with endeavors that extend to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, SBU sustains an international reputation that cuts across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

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Official Job Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Job Field: Post Doctoral
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science-Stony Brook University
Schedule: Full-time Day Shift 9:00 AM - 5:00 PMAlan Alda Center for Communicating Science-Stony Brook University
Posting Start Date: Jul 11, 2017
Posting End Date: Aug 10, 2017, 10:59:00 PM
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Salary Grade: SL1


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