Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Science in Human Culture Program, Northwestern University

The Science in Human Culture Program (SHC) routinely has two postdoctoral fellowship positions in the contextual study of science, technology, and medicine, and each position is for a term of two years. The next search will take place in 2018-19.

Postdoctoral Fellowships, Science in Human Culture Program
Northwestern University

The Science in Human Culture Program (SHC) at Northwestern University invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the contextual study of science, technology, or medicine, to run September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2019. Two Fellows will be selected. Applications are welcome from scholars who study science, technology, or medicine in any region of the world and from any of a range of historical, philosophical, sociological, anthropological, or literary perspectives. Each Fellow will be affiliated with both the SHC program and an appropriate disciplinary department in Weinberg College (History, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, etc.).

Fellows will pursue a program of independent scholarship under the guidance of a faculty mentor identified after selection. They will also design and teach two undergraduate courses each year, over the course of the three-quarter-long teaching year. (Typically these will be one seminar and one lecture course, to be listed by the affiliated department.) Fellows will also help organize and run the SHC visiting lecturer series. They are expected to be active participants in intellectual activities in both SHC and their affiliated departments and to deliver one public lecture each year.

Applicants with a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) must have completed it after September 1, 2012. Applicants without a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) must complete all the requirements for the degree before September 1, 2017. At time of application, the applicant must be available for the full two-year term. The stipend is $56,500 in the first year of the fellowship. In addition, the Fellow is eligible for $3,500 per year to fund research and conference travel, and up to $1,500 for allowable relocation expenses in the first year. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position.

In order to ensure full consideration, all application materials other than letters of recommendation must be received by January 9, 2017. Letters of recommendation are due no later than January 16, 2017. Because your references will not receive submission instructions until you submit your completed application, we recommend that you submit your application well before the deadline.

FAQs and submission instructions appear below. Administrative questions not addressed on the webpage should be directed to the program administrator, Janet Hundrieser, at Substantive questions may be addressed to the program director at For more information about departments or programs at Northwestern, see

AA/EOE. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.