Postdoctoral Fellowship on Human Rights for Engineering

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Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship on Human Rights for Engineering
Job ID: 2018599
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Job Posting

The University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute, in collaboration with the School of Engineering, seeks applications for a one-year residential postdoctoral fellowship beginning August, 2018. Applicants in the social sciences as well as the engineering disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The fellow will work closely with the director and faculty of the Human Rights Institute as well as the dean and key engineering faculty and staff in the School of Engineering to contribute to the development of a growing program centered around joint HR/STEM teaching, mentoring of undergraduate students involved in related field-based learning, and joint interdisciplinary research with key faculty (see: Central themes will depend on the fellow's area of interest and may include environmental and social impact analysis; water, health and food security in low-income regions; climate change adaptation in vulnerable communities or post-conflict settings; risk assessment and stakeholder engagement in industrial development or data security, privacy, and social risk management in relation to new technologies (e.g., robotics, genomics, etc.). The fellow will also foster ongoing outreach and collaborative programming on these and other themes vis a vis leading public, private and civil society-based networks active at the intersection of human rights and engineering, such as the National Center for Science & Civic Engagement/NCSCE ( and American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS),


  • Researching and drafting proposals, reports and white papers, and/or writing academic publications;
  • Teaching two courses (undergraduate and/or graduate courses related to engineering and human rights);
  • Collaborating on research and curriculum with faculty and graduate and professional students;
  • Establishing new international internship placements related to the project; and
  • Supervising interns and/or consultants involved with the project.

  1. Ph.D. in an applicable field by start date
  2. Demonstrated potential for scholarly activity in engineering for human rights

  1. Candidates should have strong writing and verbal communication skills
  2. Aptitude for critical analysis of human rights issues and practices at the nexus with engineering, particularly from a global perspective


This is a full-time, 12-month appointment, which may be renewable dependent on funding. The desired start date is August 17, 2018. The fellow will be offered a competitive stipend, health insurance and other benefits, full use of UConn facilities, and office space. Salary will be commensurate with experience. This position is located at the UConn Storrs campus. For additional information regarding benefits, visit: For additional information about the University of Connecticut, visit:


Please select "Apply" to submit the following on Academic Jobs Online: a cover letter, CV, graduate transcripts (unofficial and scanned are acceptable), personal statement, including reference to research agenda (no more than 750 words); writing sample (no more than 7000 words); and three letters of professional recommendation, including at least one academic reference. Inquires can be sent to HRI Director, Dr. Kathryn Libal, at [email protected].

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent on the successful completion of a pre-employment background check. (Search # 2018599)

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on June 24, 2018.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations





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Posted: 10/12/2018
Application Due: 10/19/2018
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