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Senior Lecturing Fellow/Associate Director of Engagement

Duke Science & Society (and its M.A. in Bioethics & Science Policy) is dedicated to interdisciplinary education, scholarship, and policy engagement relating to the integral role of science in law, policy, social institutions, and culture. We are seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Associate Director of Engagement/Senior Lecturing Fellow/Adjunct Professor of Science & Society. The position is a non-tenure track, full-time position with benefits, with the possibility of renewal for 1–3 years.  Candidates are expected to support their research with 50% grant funding and will be funded by Science & Society for the other 50%. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2014.

  • Job Title Senior Lecturing Fellow/Associate Director of Engagement
  • Hiring Institution Duke University
  • Hiring Department Science & Society
  • Annual Salary Commensurate with background and experience

Minimum Requirements

  1. A Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or other doctorate from an accredited higher education university
  2. Knowledge and experience in communication, marketing, engagement, and/or outreach
  3. Knowledge and experience in law and science policy
  4. Excellent analytical, organizational, and oral and written communication skills
  5. Track record of successful grant funding
  6. Scholarly research and publications in fields related to science and society

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Teaching experience at an accredited higher education institution
  2. Leadership experience within a higher education institution
  3. Degree and/or experience in bioethics and/or science policy

Job Duties
50% time in independent or collaborative scholarship:

  • Actively engage in scholarship activities, including initiating or collaborating with other faculty in the submission of grant proposals, writing, and research for publication in fields related to the intersection of science and society.
  • Secure sufficient external research, project, or grant funding of 50% effort.

50% time in engagement activities for Science & Society:

  • Establish, implement, and oversee a legislative briefing program. This program will seek to engage policymakers with academics to help bring empirical evidence to bear on questions of law, policy and governance. Requires working with the legislative affairs office, and identifying pertinent policy issues on which academics may provide key insights, testimony, and evidence to improve policy decision-making.
  • Plan, organize, and implement the Science Communication program. This program includes a training series for scientists on communicating with myriad audiences and a science outreach program for surrounding communities.
  • Plan, organize, and implement the Science Amicus Brief program. This program includes identifying key court cases in which science is at issue, and helping to organize and oversee a team of lawyers and students representing scientists to accurately and neutrally advise courts on the state of the science of pertinence to legal cases.
  • Teach M.A. and/or Science & Society courses.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and other such entities in the Research Triangle area in Washington, D.C., and in other appropriate regions. Build these strategic partnerships to increase the visibility of Science & Society, to provide possible practicum and job placements for M.A. students, to encourage potential mid-career professionals to explore the M.A. program, and to establish potential collaboration opportunities.
  • Use strategic partnerships with university faculty, external stakeholders, and policymakers to establish opportunities for collaboration on Science & Society programs, projects, and research. Seek to identify opportunities, identify Duke faculty and other possible collaborators, and coordinate the activities of collaborators to successfully submit applications and execute approved programs. Such programs may include interdisciplinary research, visiting scholars, and guest speakers.
  • Supervise the implementation of communications strategies, including a framework for communicating and building awareness of and support for Science & Society’s mission and activities.
  • Assist in recruitment of M.A. students and advise/mentor M.A. in Bioethics & Science Policy students.
  • Assist the director in developing program reports, proposals, and requests for funds. Seek and apply for additional funding from the university, state, federal, and foundational sources to support engagement. Develop budgetary recommendations for engagement programs and needs. 

How to Apply
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, example of scholarly work, and contact information for three references to Julia Walker. The subject line of the e-mail application should read “Application 2014 Associate Director Engagement.” Applications may be submitted for review until the position is filled.

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