Job Number: 78746
Job Family: Research
Job Series: Social Science Research Professional
Job Code: 4186
Research Assistant for a project on “Nuclear Insecurity in the Bay Area and Beyond”
From early research on nuclear physics and the Manhattan Project at UC Berkeley to the decontamination of ships used in nuclear weapons tests at Treasure Island and their disposal near the Farrallons, the Bay Area has a rich nuclear history. Some of this history has received considerable attention, most notably that concerning the science and technology of designing and manufacturing nuclear weapons. There has been virtually no scholarship, however, on the disposal of radioactive waste that inevitably accompanied this history. This absence is particularly notable in light of current plans to build low- and middle-income housing on Treasure Island, which some experts deem presents greater radioactive risk than the zones around the Fukushima reactors destroyed in 2011.
Sources to investigate the history of radioactive contamination in the Bay Area exist in local archives and memory. The main task of this RA will be to identify and explore these sources, with the ultimate goals of (1) developing a project-based course on Nuclear Insecurity in the Bay Area and Beyond; (2) writing at least one, maybe more, essays on the radioactive Bay Area; (3) developing analytic tools and materials to compare contamination in the Bay Area with that elsewhere in the world. Tasks will include identifying relevant archives; identifying actors willing to grant oral history interviews; conducting such interviews; working in the archives to develop a series of historical projects that could be pursued by students in the afore-mentioned course; and more, to be determined as the project progresses. The ideal RA would have an undergraduate degree in History, Anthropology, or Science and Technology Studies, and willingness to learn about natural science and health research related to radiation exposure. This position offers excellent preparation for candidates considering PhD work in the future.
This is a two year fixed term position.
Perform work to support research or develop public programs and policies, applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory.
ADDITIONAL CORE DUTIES:
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science or humanities field, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science or humanities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Certifications and Licenses:
Safety Training on how to work with radioactive materials must be completed in the first 3 months of position.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
Applications must include:
Application deadline: June 8. Candidates from under-represented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Location: Dean of Research, California, United States
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.