Postdoctoral Researcher in Science and Technology Studies

Aalto University - Department of Management

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and 4 700 employees, 390 of which are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES

Aalto University invites applications for a Postdoctoral researcher position in the field of science and technology studies. This is a joint position between the Department of Physics and the Department of Management and the project will be led by Prof. Patrick Rinke (http://physics.aalto.fi/en/groups/cest/) and Prof. Nina Granqvist (https://people.aalto.fi/en/nina_granqvist). The project is part of the Academy of Finland funded project Database Driven Science for New Materials (DataSciMat) and its objective is to carry out an extensive socio-economic analysis to identify the necessary steps to turn the emerging field of database driven science into a lasting scientific paradigm.

Materials science has been the driver of our high-tech society. The key challenge for future progress is to accelerate materials design by implementing new discovery paradigms and by fusing academic theory, experimental science, and private industry developments. Database driven material science and machine learning are emerging as such a paradigm. The objective of the DataSciMat project is to identify expectations and motivations in the field of database driven materials science, possible stimuli or hindrances, as well as broader socio-economic dynamics that relate to various professional groups involved, and to the wider context.

The post-doctoral researcher will conduct extensive fieldwork to identify key players, gatekeepers, incentives, inhibitors and promoters in this nascent field. Fieldwork includes interviews and other data collection in Europe, the US, China and Japan, as well as online surveys. Mobility stays at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in California have been agreed as part of the project. The post-doctoral researcher will then conduct extensive inductive, grounded analyses.

Requirements

  • Doctoral degree in a relevant field of study – these including management, sociology (sociology of science in particular)
  • Keen interest in developments and trends within science and technology
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent fieldwork, good skills in interviewing and analysis of large qualitative dataset
  • Track record for publishing in high-impact journals
  • Fluency in the English language
  • Ability and openness to work in a multidisciplinary environment

The position is full-time and fixed term (16 months). The starting date for the position is 1.6.2017. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare. 

For more Information

For further information, please contact Prof. Nina Granqvist, nina.granqvist@aalto.fi or Prof. Patrick Rinke, Patrick.rinke@aalto.fi or in questions related to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Pekka Järvinen, pekka.2.jarvinen@aalto.fi.

How to apply
The application is submitted through the eRecruitment system through the link and include the following items as a single pdf document:

  • Curriculum Vitae (no length limit)
  • List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted)
  • Motivation letter, with explanation of the relevant skills (data collection/ interviewing and analysis, other relevant skills and experience for the project)
  • Names and contact information for two references

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2016.

All application materials should be submitted in English.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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