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Lasker Fellow for Civic Science

Are you interested in breaking down barriers between scientists and non-scientists? Do you think our society would benefit if scientists were trained to engage with different members of the community?

The Lasker Fellow for Civic Science is a one-year opportunity to map existing efforts like these across the country, generating information and insights to help catalyze broader public engagement of scientists.

The Lasker Fellow will conduct an in-depth landscape assessment of current courses, programs and other initiatives aimed at training scientists in public engagement, communications, and related skills, and draft a report of findings to highlight best practices in the field. The Lasker Fellow will be fully integrated into Research!America’s existing fellowship program, receive oversight and direction from Research!America’s senior staff, and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Research!America programs and initiatives.

The position will ideally begin in fall 2022 (start and end dates are flexible) and may be located at Research!America’s headquarters in Arlington, VA, with a hybrid schedule or may be a remote-based position.

Research!America’s Mission

The Research!America alliance advocates for science, discovery, and innovation to achieve better health for all. We advocate for a federal policy climate that helps empower our nation’s biomedical and health research sectors as they work to accelerate medical progress.

Job Responsibilities

Perform landscape assessment of public engagement programs for scientists and those training to be scientists in the U.S.

  • In consultation with Research!America, define the breadth and depth of the assessment.
  • Develop methodology and workplan for conducting research online through source materials and interviews.
  • Meet weekly with Research!America Vice President for Strategy and Communications.
  • Report on findings monthly to Research!America and Lasker Foundation.
  • Draft report based on findings from landscape assessment.
  • Provide an initial draft report/report framework at six months and seek feedback from Research!America, the Lasker Foundation and possibly others to be determined.
  • Prepare near-final version of report at nine months.
  • Work with Research!America Communications team on graphics and layout.
  • Complete report during the final three months of the fellowship.

Time permitting, work with Research!America and the Lasker Foundation to help execute paper dissemination.
Perform other duties and responsibilities assigned in support of the project.
In support of the organization’s goals and objectives, perform other duties and responsibilities assigned.

Eligibility

  • PhD level with a demonstrated interest in civic science or the equivalent professional experience in civic science roles, including expertise in science communication and policy.
  • Two years or more experience in both project management and qualitative research.
  • Excellent writer.
  • Collaborative mindset and at ease taking input from others.

Compensation

Research!America offers a compensation package that includes a competitive salary; along with benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage; life insurance; and long- and short-term disability insurance. The salary is $70,000.

To Apply

E-mail résumé and cover letter, including academic status and specific area(s) of interest and expertise; reason(s) for wanting to be a Research!America fellow; availability; and contact information for three references to hr@researchamerica.org. Please submit all materials by Friday, October 7. 

Research!America is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

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