Postdoctoral Position Available - Investigating Open Science Partnerships in the Life Sciences

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Jacqueline Sullivan

Aug 24, 2023, 9:32:25 AMAug 24

A full-time postdoctoral position working on an inter-institutional and transdisciplinary research team that includes Co-PIs, Jacqueline Sullivan (Associate Professor, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University) and E. Richard Gold (Professor, Faculty of Law & Director of Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, McGill University) in partnership with Jonathan Kimmelman (Professor, Biomedical Ethics and Social Studies of Medicine & Department of Equity, Ethics, and Policy, McGill University) is available with an expected start date of October 1, 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in mixed-methods qualitative research including ethnography, qualitative interviewing, and survey development, as well as familiarity with using mixed methods data analysis software (e.g., NVivo). 

The goal of the research team is to evaluate open science practices and collaboration within the context of Open Science Partnerships (OSPs) in the life sciences. In OSPs, actors/stakeholders typically engage extensively and collaboratively, openly sharing all data, tools, knowledge, and materials across all members of the partnership. 
The position is funded through a New Frontiers in Research Fund Transformation Grant obtained by Dr. Ravi Menon (Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western) who is leading an open science partnership called the Translational Research Initiative to De-Risk Neuro Therapeutics (TRIDENT) (See ).The position offers a competitive salary ranging from $45,000-60,000 (+benefits) per year along with excellent career development opportunities both within academia and industry. The position is for a term of one-year, with possible renewal for up to 3 years, conditional on the availability of funding and performance. Candidates must, at the time of appointment, have a PhD in Social Sciences or a related field. 
The position will be held at the University of Western Ontario (Western), which is a major educational and research center in Ontario with over 25,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students. Cognitive neuroscience in health and disease is a major research focus at Western and the Department of Philosophy and Rotman Institute of Philosophy have an internationally recognized program in philosophy of science. London, also known as the Forest City, is an affordable and lively community close to the Great Lakes and two hours from Toronto. The city offers many options for outdoor and cultural activities. 

Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Please direct specific inquiries about the job posting and duties related to the position to Dr. Jacqueline Sullivan. Please send application materials (statement of interest, Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of at least two references) directly to Dr. Sullivan ( 

Thank you, 

Best wishes,


Jacqueline Sullivan, MS, PhD 
Associate Professor, Dept. of Philosophy
Rotman Institute of Philosophy
Western University
7170 WIRB 
London, ON N6A 5B7
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