Postdoctoral Fellowships at Yale – Climate Change

Yale University

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication invites applications for 2 full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellows to contribute to our ongoing research on the public's climate change knowledge, risk perceptions, policy preferences, and behavior. The program conducts scientific surveys and message experiments at the national, international, and global scales, as well as with specific communities and organizations. The program also includes several projects that engage the public in climate change science and solutions.

Responsibilities

Conduct scientific research to advance the theory and practice of effective climate change communication, and the psychological, cultural, political, and social factors influencing public awareness, risk perceptions, policy preferences and behavior.

  • Work with an interdisciplinary and international network of researchers.
  • Postdoc 1: Contribute to survey research design, implementation, data analysis and data management.
  • Postdoc 2: Contribute to message experiment research design, implementation, data analysis and data management.
  • Author peer-reviewed publications and public reports.

Required education and experience

  • Candidates must have a PhD in a relevant field or discipline, such as survey research, risk perception, communication (climate change, science, environment, public health, and/or political communication), behavior change, psychology, political science, sociology, or geography.
  • Proficiency in survey and/or experimental research design, methods, and analysis.
  • Proficiency in data analysis, using SPSS, R, or other statistics packages.
  • Proficiency in data and project management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate research results to both expert and non-expert audiences.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English.

The review of applications will begin on April 8, 2022, and the positions will remain open until filled. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The positions are full-time appointments for one year, with full benefits, and with the possibility of renewal for a second year, dependent upon performance and availability of funding.

For full consideration, applicants must submit an application to climatechange@yale.edu Please put either "Survey Postdoc Application – (your last name)" or "Experimental Postdoc Application – (your last name)" in the subject line. Applications should include: (1) a cover letter addressed to Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, including a statement of research interests and career goals, with names and contact information for three professional references, and (2) a curriculum vita. Applications should contain all documents in a single PDF attached to the email.

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Funding opportunities (some closing soon)

Funding Opportunities

Jacques Barzun fellowship for collections and programming in the history of biology

American Philosophical Society, US

This supports an advanced PhD candidate or recent MA or PhD recipient in improving the visibility of the library and museum’s holdings in the history of biology, and expanding relevant programmes and resources. The fellowship includes a stipend of USD $15,000 for four months.
Maximum award: USD $15,000
Closing date: 30 Apr 21 Closing soon

RL and GK Willing grant

Nature Foundation SA, AU

This supports an honours student in undertaking research focused on advancing understanding of specific themes related to South Australian fauna and flora. The grant is worth AUD 1,500 for one year.

Maximum award: AUD $1,500

Closing date: 02 May 21 (recurring)

Morris award

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, GB

This recognises achievements in the history of modern chemistry or the history of the chemical industry. The award is worth £300.

Maximum award: £300

Closing date: 01 May 21

Student essay contest

Progressive Economics Forum, CA

This recognises student essays related to political and economic issues that reflect a critical approach to unconstrained markets. Prizes are worth up to CAD $1,000 each.

Maximum award: CAD $1,000

Closing date: 03 May 21 (recurring)

Vronwy Hankey memorial fund for Aegean studies

British School at Athens, GB

This helps with expenses relating to research in the prehistory of the Aegean and its connections with the east Mediterranean. Grants are unlikely to be worth more than £1,000.

Maximum award: £1,000

Closing date: 14 May 21 (recurring)

Combating corruption in the Northern Triangle

US Department of State, US

This supports projects that empower civil society to combat corruption and protect human rights in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. One award, worth USD $740,740, is available for a period of 18 to 36 months.

Maximum award: USD $740,740

Closing date: 28 May 21

COMING SOON: Topic specific grants

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, GB

This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open on the second half of 2021. The following information is subject to change. These grants support teams globally to undertake research into specific areas of management accounting. Grants are worth up to £30,000.

Maximum award: £30,000

Closing date: 13 Nov 21 (forecast, recurring)

Indigenous pathways scholarships

Advance Queensland, AU

These support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in undertaking educational activities in Queensland across the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Eight scholarships worth AUD $5,000 each are available.

Maximum award: AUD $5,000

Closing date: 11 Jun 21 (recurring)

COMING SOON: Beth B Hess memorial scholarship

Society for the Study of Social Problems, US

This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in autumn. The following information is subject to change. This scholarship supports doctoral study in sociology. The scholarship includes USD $18,000 and travel expenses to attend the society’s annual meeting.

Maximum award: USD $18,000

Closing date: 01 Apr 22 (forecast, recurring)

Pitch it clever

Universities Australia, AU

This challenges early-career researchers to communicate their research and why it matters to non-specialist audiences via video. Two awards are available, including a cash prize of up to AUD $3,000, funded conference attendance and an internship opportunity.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 30 Apr 21 (recurring) Round closing soon

Research scholarship for honours students

Capstone Editing, AU

This supports an honours student in covering the costs associated with the research of their thesis. The scholarship is worth up to AUD $3,000.

Maximum award: AUD $3,000

Closing date: 03 May 21 (recurring)

COMING SOON: Research fellowship

Westpac Foundation, AU

This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in June 2021. The following information is subject to change. This fellowship supports early-career researchers in building their profile, developing their leadership skills and expanding their networks. Fellowships are worth at least AUD $400,000 each for up to five years.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 25 Aug 21 (forecast, recurring)

COMING SOON: Phyllis Dain library history dissertation award

American Library Association, US

This opportunity will be available soon. The next award is expected to be presented in 2023. The following information is subject to change. This award recognises dissertations in the general area of library history, during any period, in any region of the world. The award is worth USD $500

Maximum award: USD $500

Closing date: Not known

National science week ACT seed grant

Australian Capital Territory Government, AU

This supports the engagement of the Australian Capital Territory community with the sciences, including through major activities and events during the national science week, taking place between 14 and 22 August 2021. Grants are worth up to AUD $3,000.

Maximum award: AUD $3,000

Closing date: 02 May 21

Armenian studies scholarships

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, PT

These support graduate students pursuing research in the field of Armenian studies. Grants are worth between €7,000 and €25,000 per year for up to four years depending on level and location of studies.

Maximum award: €100,000

Closing date: 14 May 21

Cundill history prize

McGill University, CA

This recognises history writing in English. The prize is worth USD $75,000.

Maximum award: USD $75,000

Closing date: 30 Apr 21 (recurring) Round closing soon

Army Research Office broad agency announcement for basic and applied scientific research

US Department of Defense, US

This supports research in the mechanical sciences, mathematical sciences, electronics, computing science, physics, chemistry, life sciences, materials science, network science and environmental sciences.

Maximum award: USD $60,000

Closing date: 31 Mar 22

COMING SOON: Transnational call for proposals

ERA-Net IraSME, EU

This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to close on 29 September 2021. The following information is subject to change. This call supports international research, technology, development and innovation projects between research and technology organisations and SMEs. Projects may last for between one and three years.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 29 Sep 21 (forecast, recurring)

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Research grants

Max van Berchem Foundation | Fondation Max van Berchem, CH

The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 31 March has been extended to 30 June 2021. All other call details remain unchanged. These grants promote the study of Islamic and Arabic archaeology, history, geography, art history, epigraphy, religion and literature.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 30 Jun 21 (recurring)

Scholarships

IATSE Local 891, CA

These support students enrolled full time in post-secondary studies. A total of 20 scholarships, worth CAD $5,000 each, are available.

Maximum award: CAD $5,000

Closing date: 30 Apr 21 (recurring) Round closing soon

Scholarships for researchers

Archimedes Education Agency, EE

These enable researchers to spend between one day and 10 months at an HEI in Estonia. Scholarships cover subsistence costs at a rate of €45 per day and €660 per month respectively.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 01 May 21 (recurring)

Early-career fellowship

British School at Athens, GB

This enables scholars in their first post to spend a period of research leave in Greece to conduct an original research programme in any branch of the arts or social sciences related to Greece. The fellowship lasts for up to three months and is non-stipendiary, but covers accommodation and airfare.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 14 May 21 (recurring)

Richard Bradford McConnell fund for landscape studies

British School at Athens, GB

These support research projects related to the interaction of place and people in Greece and Cyprus at any period. The total budget is £400 per year.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 14 May 21 (recurring)

DEADLINE BROUGHT FORWARD: Talent programme Veni – science domain

Dutch Research Council | Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NL

The closing date for this opportunity has been brought forward. The previous deadline of 2 September has been brought forward to 20 May 2021. All other call details remain unchanged. This programme enables researchers who have recently obtained their PhD in a science domain to conduct independent research and develop their ideas. Grants are worth up to €280,000 each over a three-year period.

Maximum award: €280,000

Closing date: 20 May 21 (recurring)

Research awards

Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, KE

These enable faculty members engaged in PhD training at selected African universities to advance their research and help their PhD students to generate research results with the potential for commercialisation. Awards are worth up to USD $90,000 each for two years.

Maximum award: USD $90,000

Closing date: 31 May 21 (recurring)

Study grants from the Oscar Ekmans foundation

Ekmanstiftelserna, SE

These support education about Sweden at Swedish schools abroad, Swedish language education at foreign universities and schools, as well as foreign Swedish children and young people in accessing education in Sweden.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 12 May 21 (recurring)

Call for projects

Allianz Cultural Foundation | Allianz Kulturstiftung, DE

This supports translocal art and culture projects that promote an open society and create open spaces enabling critical discourse about Europe’s future, and also support exchange and networking across borders. Grants are worth between €40,000 and €80,000 to cover up to 50 per cent of project costs.

Maximum award: €80,000

Closing date: 31 Dec 21

Virtual fellowships at Linda Hall Library

Virtual fellowships – history of science

Linda Hall Library, US

These support doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and other researchers whose work would benefit from research in the library’s collections. Fellowships are each worth up to USD 3,000 per month for doctoral students and up to USD 4,200 per month for postdoctoral scholars for between one and four months.

Maximum award: USD 16,800

Closing date: 15 Jan 21 (recurring)​

OPEN FOR APPLICATION – Moran Award for History of Science Research, 2020

The Moran Award for History of Science Research is aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers with expertise in the history of Australian science. The award is AU$5000 (increased from $2,500 last year) that can be used towards the researcher’s travel and accommodation costs for accessing archives that record the history of science in Australia. 

Note: While the awardee will still be requested to undertake their research and travels by the end of 2021, this may be extended depending on the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions

Applications can be made through the Academy website via the link: https://www.science.org.au/moran-history-science-research-award.

Below is a summary of the award. Further information can be found at the website link above or through our Frequently Asked Questions. For any other questions or concerns, please contact Farhana Raman farhana.raman@science.org.au or the awards team at awards@science.org.au. A story on the 2019 awardee Dr Ruth Morgan can be found here.

Moran Award for History of Science Research, 2020

Highlights:

  • The 2020 award is open to candidates from all genders; applications from female researchers are highly encouraged by the Academy
  • Award amount: AUD5,000 towards travel and accommodation costs to access archives that record the history of Australian science
  • normally available to undertake their research and travels by the end of 2021 – this may be extended, depending on the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions

Selection Criteria:

The candidate must:

  • have expertise in the history of Australian science
  • provide evidence of qualifications, a summary of professional/research experience and publications/presentations in the field along with two referee reports
  • provide a brief outline of the proposed project and the archives to be consulted

Multiple applications:

  • Applicants can only receive funding from the same research or travelling research award once in a three-calendar year period
  • Applicants may apply for more than one award but can only receive one Academy travelling or research award per calendar year.

The Australian Academy of Science acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Academy is located, the Ngunnawal people, and to their elders, past, present and emerging.

Postdoc researcher in philosophy of technology

The department of philosophy of the University of Twente is looking for a Postdoctoral researcher (3 years) to do a philosophical analysis of socially disruptive technologies and their role in transforming society with special reference to transformations of fundamental concepts and values.

The Challenge

Socially disruptive technologies are technologies that change society in fundamental ways. They transform everyday life, social institutions, cultural practices, and the organisation of the economy, business, and work. They may even affect our fundamental beliefs and values. Current technologies with this promise include new digital technologies such artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, new bio- and brain technologies like gene editing and synthetic biology, and new environmental technologies like climate engineering and low-carbon technologies.

The aim of this postdoc project is to examine the nature and variety of these technologies and their disruptive and transformative effects, with special consideration of transformative effects on human thought, conceptualization, valuation and morality. The project will include, with accents to be provided by the postdoc, the following lines of investigation: 

  1. A philosophical investigation, with a multidisciplinary orientation, of the notions of social disruption and social transformation, and classifications of technologies and (socio)technological products and systems as to their type and degree of disruption or transformation of various aspects of society.
  2. A philosophical-multidisciplinary investigation of types of (disruptive/transformative) impacts of technology on society, including impacts on social structures, institutions, cultural and epistemic practices, concepts, values and beliefs.
  3. A philosophical-multidisciplinary investigation and assessment of theories and approaches, in philosophy and social sciences, for identifying, assessing and measuring transformative and disruptive impacts of technology, and for studying interactions between technology and society generally.
  4. A philosophical-multidisciplinary investigation of the impact of technology on conceptualization and valuation (e.g., semantic changes in ontological and moral concepts).

The main output will consist of scientific publications (single- and multi-author; the latter with other researchers in the programme). 

This PhD postdoc position is part of the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies programme, a new ten-year long international research programme of seven academic institutions in the Netherlands that has started in January 2020. This ten-year programme has a combined budget of € 27 million, and is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research in the Gravitation funding scheme for excellent research, and by matching funds from the participating institutions. It has the aim of achieving breakthrough research in at the intersection of ethics, philosophy, technology / engineering and social sciences, and to position its consortium at the top of its field internationally. A key objective is to investigate how new technologies challenge moral values and ontological concepts (like “nature”, “human being” and “community”), and how these challenges necessitate a revision of these concepts. This postdoc project will provide some of its conceptual and theoretical foundations. We also expect the postdoc to engage with other projects and research lines in the programme, and to organize workshops and meetings aimed at collaboration on the themes in the postdoc project.

The philosophy department (https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/wijsb/) has around 40 members (faculty, postdocs, PhD candidates). It is a thoroughly international department, with English as the main language. It specializes in its research in the philosophical and ethical study of technology and its impact on people, society, and the environment.

Your profile

Candidates we seek:

  • Hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, science and technology studies (STS), or a related field;
  • Have experience in research, which is apparent from publications in highly ranked academic journals, presentations at international scientific conferences, and other academic activities;
  • Possess expertise relevant to the project, e.g., in philosophical studies of technology and society, impact assessment methodologies, theories of conceptual change, or other;
  • Possess good communication skills and an excellent command of English, at least at C2 level.

Desired starting date: September 1st (negotiable).

Information and application

For more information, please contact Prof. dr. Philip Brey, e-mail: p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl or phone: +31534894426.

For more information about the Ethics of Socially Disruptive programme, see our website: https://www.esdt.nl/.

You can also request a full programme blueprint and a longer description of the postdoc profile from Seeta Autar (b.autar@utwente.nl).

Your application should include a CV (including the title of your dissertation and a short description of its contents, and contact information for two or more references), a letter of application, and a writing sample and should be uploaded no later than March 22th, 2020. Applications should be uploaded through the "apply now" button below.

There are other vacancies in the ESDT programme at different participating universities. In case several are of interest to you, we encourage you to apply to them simultaneously.

Our offer

You will be appointed for three years. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

  • Starting salary between € 3.255,- to € 4.274,- gross per month based on your experience;
  • An additional holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A generous (conference) travel budget;
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programs;
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly encouraged.
  • International candidates are likely to qualify for a low 30% tax rate for the first five years of their appointment.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through 'social engineering' these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

One 3-year PhD studentship on “Energy Demand in the Digital Society” at SPRU, University of Sussex

We are advertising a new PhD studentship through CREDS

Project Description

The department:

The PhD will be based in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Established in 1966, SPRU conducts research, consultancy and postgraduate teaching in the area of science, technology, and innovation policy. SPRU comprises over 70 faculty and 60 doctoral students and is ranked third in the world and the highest in the UK in a global list of think tanks in science and technology. The Sussex Energy Group (SEG) at SPRU aims to understand and foster transitions towards sustainable, low carbon energy systems. Drawing from SPRU’s tradition, the Group undertakes academically rigorous, interdisciplinary social science research on contemporary energy and climate policy challenges.

The research area:

This PhD studentship will explore the potential contribution of digital technologies to reducing energy demand and assisting the transition to secure, low carbon energy systems. The studentship forms part of the Digital Society theme of the Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), and the successful student will be invited to take part in CREDS meetings and related research and engagement activities.

Applications are welcome for projects that investigate the historic and potential future impact of digital technologies on energy demand, the mechanisms contributing to those impacts and the means by which the energy-saving potential of digital technologies can be maximised. The projects may use ideas from economics, innovation studies, sociology or other relevant disciplines and may employ both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The studentships will contribute to a larger programme of research in this area, led by Prof Tim Foxon and Prof Steve Sorrell.

Possible topics for research projects include:

  • the recent and future impacts of ICTs on energy consumption and energy productivity at the sectoral and macroeconomic level;
  • the potential for innovative, ICT-based business models to deliver end-use services with lower energy use and carbon emissions;
  • the influence of smart systems on energy-related user practices (e.g. working remotely, changing leisure patterns) and the effect of these on energy consumption;
  • the use of digital technologies to optimise the energy efficiency of industrial processes, logistics and larger systems such as entire cities.

Benefits:

The PhD studentship is offered for a maximum of three years, renewable on a yearly basis, subject to satisfactory performance on the doctoral degree. The successful candidate will receive a full fee waiver plus a stipend equivalent to the UKRI doctoral stipend, currently £15,009 per annum, paid each year in three termly instalments (typically in October, January and April). In order to prepare students for academic careers, individuals receiving a studentship will be offered the possibility to undertake some teaching and/or marking activities in the School, of up to a maximum of six hours per week during term time, or to apply for any part-time Research Assistant roles that may become available. Any teaching undertaken will be paid at grade 6 of the University’s Doctoral Tutor salary scale in addition to the stipend.

Application procedure:

If you are interested in applying for a studentship, you need to first apply for a PhD place in Science and Technology Policy Studies at the University of Sussex, including a research proposal addressing one of the research topics above or a closely related topic. Details of the application process are available here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/apply

For further details, please see here: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/phd-funding/view/1173-One-3-year-PhD-studentship-on-“Energy-Demand-in-the-Digital-Society”-at-SPRU,-University-of-Sussex

Funding Notes

The studentship is available for UK/EU and overseas applicants. Applicants should have an upper second class honours degree, and already have, or currently be studying for, a Master’s degree in a related subject, or equivalent qualification if a non-UK applicant. A good level pass is usually required for the Master’s degree. Proof of proficiency in English is also required, i.e., an IELTS certificate taken within the last two years showing at least 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each of the four sections.