Post Doc Fellow (IRiS - Biology)

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio, US
Jun 05, 2021
Aug 06, 2021
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Job Overview

The Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS) is a newly established interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Cincinnati focused on novel routes to innovation in sensing research and sensor technology development through purposeful integration of STEM and non-STEM perspectives, including basic and applied research, medicine, engineering, the humanities, social sciences, and the fine and performing arts. We are seeking a postdoctoral associate interested in interdisciplinary research management and innovation in interdisciplinary practices to manage a range of IRiS activities in collaboration with the IRiS Leadership Team.

In addition to the duties below, the postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to engage in scholarship and professional development in their discipline and in interdisciplinary research practices and management, with an annual discretionary budget ($5,000) to support related travel and/or research expenses. Time spent on research versus IRiS activities will depend in part on alignment between the postdoc's research focus and institute programming, but we expect a minimum of 25% of the postdoc's time will be spent on their own research and scholarship.

Essential Functions

  • Coordination of the IRiS Graduate Research Fellows Program, launching in fall 2021. Interdisciplinary teams of fellows (4 per team, 16 fellows total) will spend a year in intensive training and team-taught coursework focused on interdisciplinary problem-solving and innovation to address "Grand Challenges" posed by external partners from the private and public sector. Coordination activities will include organization of training workshops, scheduling and communication with external partners, coordination of fellow access to university resources and expertise, purchase of materials and supplies, assessment of fellow experiences and career outcomes and faculty participant experiences, and coordination of both the Grand Challenge Marketplace and Pitch Day
  • Coordination of the IRiS Alloy Discussion Series, a recurring series of interdisciplinary discussions on current topics in sensing research and sensor technology development (8 per academic year)
  • Coordination of the IRiS Annual Showcase, a two-day event that brings together members of the academic community, public, and private sector to discuss the future of sensing, from basic research to applied technologies, and from speculative futures to ethical and legal issues
  • Coordination, alongside the UC Foundation and IRiS Leadership Team, of external partner relationship development
  • Coordination of IRiS website content, social media accounts, and media relations
  • Efforts to support our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in all of the institute's activities
  • Contributing to proposal writing efforts for programmatic and infrastructural grants at federal agencies and private foundations as well as fundraising efforts through the UC Foundation
  • Assistance with long-term institute planning, including helping to prepare content for and participate in discussions during meetings with the External and Internal Advisory Boards

Minimum Requirements

Doctoral degree in a field relevant to sensing research and/or interdisciplinary studies, including, but not limited to:
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Education or Education Research
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology

Required Education

Doctoral Degree in the appropriate field or discipline, or the recognized terminal degree, or the equivalent foreign equivalent.

Required Experience

  • In-depth knowledge of specialized field, process or discipline.
  • May require experience with specialized software programs.

Additional Qualifications Considered

Experience with leadership and/or management, particularly in an interdisciplinary setting.

Application Process

The postdoctoral fellow will be mentored by the IRiS Director (Dr. Nathan Morehouse) and a faculty mentor in their discipline, arranged by mutual agreement. Additional mentorship support will be provided by the IRiS Leadership Team, a group of 8 faculty and staff members with diverse disciplinary experience.

The position is a 1-year contract, with a starting salary of $47,500, including benefits, renewable for up to 2 additional years (3 years total) contingent on positive annual performance evaluations.

Applicants will be evaluated based on their accomplishments and experience in interdisciplinary research broadly. Experience in fields associated with sensing (e.g., sensors, sensory biology, perception, cognition, surveillance, bioethics, science and technology studies) is a plus, but not required. In addition, the applicant will be evaluated on their commitment and contributions to diversity, as well as their appreciation for the University of Cincinnati's culture of inclusion and equity.

Interested and qualified applicants must complete our online application at https:\ In addition to the online application, please use the additional documents feature to include the following:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research/Scholarly Background and Interests (2 pages max)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (1 page max)
  • Letters of Reference (3)

Review of applications will begin June 21 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable but would preferably be in August or September 2021.

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

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