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Postdoctoral Researcher in Bio Policy

The Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Science, Society, and Policy (LCSSP) in the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences is jointly sponsoring a Postdoctoral Scholar position with the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering (BBE) focused on policy issues related to synthetic biology.

We are seeking applicants with a strong biology/bioengineering background and interest in policy and regulation relating to all aspects of synthetic biology. Topics include, but are not limited to, the development of effective science-informed regulations for development and deployment of genetically engineered organisms (e.g., microbes and plants) for environmental release, research on topics related to scientific challenges facing regulators in assessing the implications of the environmental release of products of synthetic biology, or the development of approaches for a broad and constructive public engagement in regulatory discussions related to environmental release of genetically engineered organisms.

The scholar will have a mentor in BBE and will work closely with the LCSSP. We expect that the scholar will directly engage with policy makers and regulators as part of this program.

The initial appointment is for one year and may be extended to a second year subject to a successful review. There are no teaching obligations, but teaching opportunities may be available.

The position is contingent upon completion of an accredited PhD program. Review of applications will begin immediately. Complete applications should be received before June 30, 2024, to receive full consideration. The starting date is as soon as possible, but negotiable. Applicants should submit a CV and a research statement explaining both their background in synthetic biology and their interest in policy and regulation. The research statement (or a separate document) should contain a section that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. A cover letter (maximum 1 page) is optional. Please email the complete application to [email protected].

Hiring Salary: $70,000-$75,000

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