Postdoctoral Researcher in Civic Science

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Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar in Civic Science for a two-year appointment to join the Center for Health and Biosciences to conduct research into the ethical, legal and social implications of emerging synthetic biology technologies.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be mentored by Baker Institute science policy fellows, Kirstin Matthews, Kenny Evans and Neal Lane, and faculty from the Department of BioSciences, Dan Wagner, Joff Silberg and Caroline Ajo-Franklin, in science policy and communications skills. The scholar also will be responsible for developing materials explaining and promoting synthetic biology to expert and non-expert audiences as well as conducting original research on the ethical, legal and social implications of emerging synthetic biology technologies.

Candidates should have completed or will soon complete a Ph.D. in science or engineering with a focus on synthetic biology, genetic engineering, or a related field.

Ideal candidates will have prior experience in communication or public engagement and an interest in science policy. They should also have experience writing to disseminate research findings.

Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has established itself as one of the premier nonpartisan public policy think tanks in the country. As an integral part of Rice University, the Baker Institute has a strong track record of achievement based on the work of its fellows, scholars, Rice faculty scholars and staff. Rice University also has a large synthetic biology research community, which the scholar can engage with, conducting work in areas including cell-based models of embryos; living microbial sensors; the creation of living chemical and material factories; and cell-material bioelectronic devices.

All applications should go through the Rice portal (see link). More information on the Baker Institute Science and Technology Program can be found at https://www.bakerinstitute.org/program/science-and-technology-policy.