Postdoctoral Researcher Position
The NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks a
highly qualified postdoctoral scholar who will conduct spatial analysis research on new media and emerging
technologies, specifically nanotechnologies.
The successful candidate will join a team investigating social response to emerging nanotechnologies, and will
take the lead in spatial analysis of nanotechnology risk (and innovation) coverage in new media, including the
blogosphere and Twitter. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. (in hand by start of appointment) in geography or a
related discipline with a strong background in visualization, spatial analysis, GIS/cartography, spatial statistics,
and/or new media. Background in societal dimensions of nanotechnology is not required. Applicants should
have experience in conducting independent research, a record of communicating research results via
publications and presentations, and be willing to participate in collaborative, interdisciplinary research while in
residence at UCSB.
UCSB has world-class resources in this area of research, and the successful candidate will have access to the
expertise of the UCSB Center for Spatial Studies, including its Director Michael Goodchild, and the UCSB
Center for Information Technology and Society, directed by Andrew Flanagin.
The position is full time, in residence at UCSB, with a salary of $42,000–$50,000 depending on experience,
plus some health benefits and a modest research and travel budget. Preferred start-date for the position is Jan 1,
2011 (negotiable). The initial appointment is for one year, renewable, based on performance and availability of
funding. Initial review of applications will begin on 15 October 2010, however the position will remain open
When applying, a prospective postdoctoral researcher should submit a full C.V., a relevant sample of published
or submitted work, and a plan for research to be done while in residence at CNS with the Risk Perception
interdisciplinary research group. The applicant should also provide two letters of reference, either with the
application or mailed directly to the CNS. All application materials should be sent to:
CNS Assistant Director
ISBER MC 2150
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2150
The CNS-UCSB (cns.ucsb.edu) conducts collaborative interdisciplinary research on public and expert risk
perception; technologies and the public sphere; science policy/public policy; the historical context of emerging
technologies; new technology innovation policy and R&D systems; and globalization and technology
development issues, including challenges to equitable development. CNS-UCSB research helps policy makers,
scientists and engineers, industry, community organizations, and the general public understand the opportunities
and risks that nanotechnology affords.
An Equal Opportunity Employer.