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Postdoctoral Associate

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the Social Competence and Treatment Lab at Stony Brook University jointly seeks a Postdoctoral Associate to advance science communication research and refine scientists’ understanding and application of effective communication skills through training. The Postdoctoral Associate will contribute to research designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alda Method®. 

This Postdoctoral Research Associate will be jointly appointed in Dr. Matthew Lerner’s Social Competence and Treatment Lab and the Alda Center. This role will permit the incumbent to integrate into both environments, capitalizing on the skills and resources available in each. Additionally, working in collaboration with Alda Center faculty and staff, the successful candidate will be responsible for conducting new research, analyzing data, and testing curriculum elements in the Alda Center’s on-the-road-workshops, presenting work at conferences, preparing publications, and collaborating on grant proposals. The incumbent will receive support to become Alda Certified Instructor and implement Alda Method® trainings in the U.S. and abroad.

Workshop and Curriculum Coordinator

The incumbent will have responsibility for providing administrative support to all Alan Alda Center Communicating Science workshops, presentations and speaking engagements held at universities, labs, government agencies, corporations and other institutions around the globe. As such, having experience effectively multi-tasking in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment with a high degree of accuracy and organization is essential. The successful incumbent will have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, exercising strong organizational skills with an exceptional attention to detail. Essential for this role is the adeptness to work independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving. Please see the job description for more detailed responsibilities.

Improvisation Lecturer

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science is seeking a 10-month Lecturer. The ideal candidate will have a special expertise in theater or improvisation training, experience working with scientists and medical students/professionals in improvisation, and an understanding of the cultures of science and medicine. The successful candidate will be responsible for creation, development, implementation, and training of improvisation curriculum in the Alda Center; teaching graduate and undergraduate courses as needed; traveling 20 days/year to deliver national workshops; and participating as an instructor in relevant SBU conferences and activities. Preferred candidates would have a background in professional theater training and practice, and significant teaching experience at the college level.



Winton Fellow - PDRA in Communicating Science, Risk and Uncertainty in Forensic Science

In partnership with:

  • Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee, UK
  • Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, University of Cambridge, UK

We are recruiting for an exceptional individual to join as a Winton Fellow Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Communicating Statistics, Risk and uncertainty in Forensic Science within the Leverhulme Research Centre, to help to translate statistics, risk and uncertainty into language accessible for diverse constituencies. The Fellow will work on innovative, inter-disciplinary research and engage in the development of collaborative research and training activities. The Fellow will also provide leadership and delivery on projects to generate maximum impact on the justice system through research-based approaches to communicating statistics, risk and uncertainty. A primary area of application will be the use of statistics in the courtroom to ensure balanced and just decision making. The selected individual, funded by Winton philanthropies, will become part of a team based at the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS) at the University of Dundee, UK.