For nearly a decade, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has supported a History of Genomics Program that specializes in scholarship, science communications, and the preservation of material since the beginning of genomics, including from the Human Genome Project and major genomics programs that followed it.
Members of the History of Genomics Program have created one of the largest archives in the world containing digital assets related to field of genomics. Also associated with the History of Genomics Program are an active oral history interview project, a conference and lecture series, and the development of significant amounts of peer-reviewed scholarly work. NHGRI is truly unique in the world in terms of the digital infrastructure that it has created for studying the history and evolution of the field of genomics, along with the ability to examine the critical philosophical, ethical, and societal issues associated with genomics advances.
NHGRI is offering a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with an option for a third year to conduct scholarly pursuits in collaboration with the History of Genomics Program as part of the institute’s Intramural Research Program (specifically, the Engagement Methods Unit, part of the Social and Behavioral Research Branch). The selected fellow will be expected to produce scholarly writings related to the history of genomics and to pursue original research studies of science communication, with special emphasis on engagement with diverse and underserved groups.
- Developing a research plan and an individual development plan reflecting a collaborative effort between the Engagement Methods Unit (EMU) and the History of Genomics Program.
- Ability to conduct scholarly research and to publish that work by drawing on access to extensive onsite digital archives, oral histories, and experts in the field.
- Dual mentorship from the Head, Engagement Methods Unit and the NHGRI Historian.
- Collaboration with the Communications and Public Liaison Branch to facilitate the development of content and methods to improve the public understanding of genomics; this includes building expertise in science writing, public history, social media outreach, and engagement with diverse and underserved groups.
- Direct access to NHGRI researchers working at the forefront of genomics, both in funding and in performing cutting-edge science spanning all areas of genomics.
- Writing popular science stories of broad historical and current interest drawing upon the archival resources and NHGRI staff expertise.
- Preparing and presenting lectures/talks on genomics from a historical, philosophical, and/or sociological perspective.
- Engagement in training opportunities, such as classes, workshops, and seminars.
- Candidates must have a doctoral degree (PhD, DrPH, ScD) in a public health discipline, science, or the history and/or philosophy, or sociology of science, or science and technology studies (or related field) and have no more than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of their most recent doctoral degree.
- Prior experience in genomics, genetics, molecular biology, or a related field is a plus.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit:
- a curriculum vitae.
- a two-page synopsis of their research interests, including a brief description of their career plans related to the history of science/technology.
- two letters of recommendation provided directly from references.
Email materials to Devona Perrineau with subject line: Last name, First name, History postdoc application.
The position is now open. Applications will be accepted and screened on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Last updated: August 14, 2020