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Assistant Professor of Space and Society

Posted: 12/19/2017 (Employment)

Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society is seeking applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of space and society, with an emphasis on the societal, ethical, and regulatory/governance aspects of an increased human presence in the solar system and beyond. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate closely with ASU’s School for Earth and Space Exploration.

We seek an outstanding individual who is adept at working across and between disciplines to develop and apply new knowledge around the societal aspects of space exploration broadly understood. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to: The development and implementation of space policies and the regulation and governance of activities in space; the societal aspects of space exploration; public-private partnerships in space–based ventures (“New Space”); planetary protection in research, exploration, exploitation and settlement of space; societal aspects of human space exploration; public engagement around space exploration and commercialization; responsible innovation in space-focused technologies and activities; and the societal opportunities and value of space exploration and commercialization.

ASU is already a leader in space science and technology, as well as in informal science education and science engagement around space. The successful candidate will thus be expected to work closely with colleagues across disciplines – including not just space scientists and engineers but also social scientists, informal educators, humanists and artists – to develop a robust and influential program of work and, over time, assume a leadership role in cross-disciplinary collaborations. In accord with the ASU Charter and design aspirations of a New American University, we seek a dynamic scholar and educator who will pursue use-inspired research that transcends disciplinary boundaries and who will further engage effectively with broad communities to both serve and transform society at all levels.

Required: A PhD or other appropriate terminal degree in the social sciences, natural sciences or engineering relevant to the societal aspects of space exploration. Demonstrated potential for independent, well-regarded knowledge generation and utilization. Evidence of potential for effective interdisciplinary research, synthesis and collaboration. A demonstrated commitment to ensuring access to knowledge; excellence in knowledge creation; and the translation of knowledge into societally relevant impacts. Evidence of an ability to inspire and instruct students from diverse backgrounds.

Desired: Experience collaborating effectively with colleagues from diverse disciplines to grow a dynamic academic program; especially between the natural sciences/engineering and the social sciences. Experience in communicating and engaging effectively with non-academic audiences, including policymakers, government agencies, businesses, non-government organizations, and members of the public.

To apply, please submit (as a single PDF): 1) a detailed cover letter that includes a description of the applicant’s research and teaching interests and experience (limited to 4 pages); 2) a current Curriculum Vitae; and 3) the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references. All materials should be submitted as a single PDF document to Review of applications will begin Friday January 26, 2018. If not filled, a review will occur every Friday thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

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Location: Arizona State University