MIT History of Modern Physical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship

MIT Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Modern Physical Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts Posted (October 2010) MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society expects to fill a post-doctoral fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year. The purpose of this fellowship is to foster research on the history of modern physical sciences by a recent recipient of the Ph.D. degree.

The physical sciences may be interpreted broadly to encompass such disciplines as physics, astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, and earth sciences, as well as border fields between these disciplines. Projects should focus on topics dating since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Although projects may focus on any geographical region, comparative studies or projects that focus on non-European and non-American topics are particularly encouraged. The fellowship is open to all candidates regardless of citizenship, who have earned a Ph.D. in the history of science or cognate field. The candidate must be eligible for visa sponsorship.   To apply for the fellowship, the candidate must have the Ph.D. in hand by the time the fellowship would begin, and must have obtained the Ph.D. no more than three years prior to beginning the fellowship.

Primary responsibilities include (1) residence in the Boston / Cambridge area during the term of the appointment; (2) presentation of research in a colloquium or seminar in MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society; (3) participation in area workshops on the history of physical sciences; and (4) participation in the teaching of a one-semester undergraduate course.

The fellowship provides a salary of $44,304 plus health insurance. The one-year, 12-month position begins July 2011. There is a possibility for an additional one-year renewal.

For more information, contact Prof. David Kaiser at     In addition to a c.v. and two recommendation letters, applicants should submit a proposal for research to be conducted during the fellowship year; a writing sample (a published article or section from the dissertation); and a proposed course syllabus. Please do not send electronic copies.

Application materials should be sent by 1 February 2011 to: Paree Pinkney Program in Science, Technology, and Society Massachusetts Institute of Technology77 Massachusetts AvenueE51-185Cambridge, MA 02139 USAMIT is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.