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The Food Studies Program and the Institute for Advanced Study at Indiana University are pleased to announce a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Food Studies sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through their Sawyer Seminar program.  One Fellow will be selected on the basis of accomplishment, promise of excellence, and relevance of their research and interests to the 2012-13 seminar theme: Food Choice, Freedom, and Politics.  (Follow the link for more information on the seminar theme and plans.)

The postdoctoral fellow will assist the seminar organizers in planning, and will then participate in, a year-long seminar on food choice, decisions, and diet, which will involve scholars from a wide variety of disciplines.  The seminar is aimed at provoking new thinking about how “choice” is conceptualized in different scholarly traditions and how these different perspectives can promote understanding about food behavior. The fields will include economics and psychology where the focus is the individual, cultural anthropology, and sociology, which embed choice in cultural, social, and ethnic collectivities, and biological anthropology and evolutionary psychology, which seek an underlying adaptive basis for food preferences. The postdoctoral fellow will also assist in planning two conferences associated with the seminar, one on emerging models for interdisciplinary food studies, and the other on translating food choice research into public policy. Both will include experts in food studies from around the world. The fellow will also have time to pursue his or her own research and writing projects, and should describe these research goals and how they connect with the rich community of food scholars at IU in the letter of application.

Fellowship begins 1 July 2012.
Eligibility: Ph.D. between 1 July 2007 and 30 May 2012.
Compensation: $46,000 plus full benefits
Application Deadline: January 31, 2012

To apply, please email the following items to Ivona Hedin, Academic Specialist, Institute for Advanced Study:

1.  2-3 page letter of application explaining the link(s) between your research and the 2012-2013 theme, outlining the research to be undertaken during the fellowship

2.  full curriculum vitae

3.  names and email addresses of three referees.

4.  graduate school transcript

If you prefer, you may mail the above items to the Institute for Advanced Study, Poplars 335, 400 East Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN  47405, Attn: Food Studies Postdoc Search.

For more information, contact seminar organizers:
Richard Wilk, 812-855-3901.
Peter Todd, 812-855-3914.

Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Women and Minorities are Strongly Encouraged to Apply.

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Food and Ethics Postdoc Announcement

Postdoctoral Bioethics Research Fellowship at Penn State with an emphasis on Food Ethics

A postdoctoral position in bioethics with a particular emphasis on ethics and food is available at Penn State starting August, 2011.  The position is funded by the Rock Ethics Institute and will support research led by Jonathan Marks, Director of the Bioethics and Medical Humanities Program at Penn State University Park, in collaboration with a variety of colleagues across the university. The position is for one year with a good possibility of extension, dependent upon performance.

The Rock Ethics Institute hosts a series of initiatives in the area of bioethics including food ethics, and we are particularly interested in fostering interdisciplinary policy-relevant work in macro-bioethics.  Our research agenda includes attention to ethical issues arising from industry sponsorship of health-related food research, nutrition education and practice, as well as issues of food safety and security.  The research on industry sponsorship is being conducted pursuant to a collaborative project with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

The applicant must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline or a relevant professional degree at the time of the appointment.  The ideal candidate will have a solid track record of interdisciplinary research.   The successful candidate will work with scholars from a variety of disciplines (including law, philosophy, science studies, nutrition, and food science) and will pursue original research in bioethics and food ethics.  In particular, she or he will pursue research and assist in the organization of a workshop related to the collaborative project on the ethical implications of industry sponsorship, and she or he may be invited to participate in the editing of a volume of papers presented at or arising from the workshop.  She or he may also participate in grant-writing and in the generation or review of scholarly Web-based materials related to both bioethics and food ethics.  There may also be opportunities to teach.

The review of applications will begin on January 10, 2011 and continue until the position is filled.  The preferred starting date is August 2011.  Salary and benefits are competitive.  Applications are to be submitted electronically.  Please send a cover letter indicating your motivation and experience, a brief (2 page) description of your research interests, your CV, a graduate transcript, and writing samples (ideally one or more peer-reviewed publications).  Please arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation sent to or Search Committee. Rock Ethics Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Willard Building, University Park, PA 16802.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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