Come work with us! Open postdoc position

The Information School at the University of Michigan is recruiting a post-doctoral researcher to work on a NSF-funded project centered around ethnographic research in the American Midwest, China, and Taiwan about contemporary shifts in making, tech entrepreneurship, research through design, and IT policy. The hired candidate will work with Assistant Professor Silvia Lindtner at the Information School at the University of Michigan and in close collaboration with Associate Professors Jeff Bardzell and Shaowen Bardzell at Indiana University. The post-doc is a full-time position available for at least one year, with the possibility of extension. Salary and benefits are competitive. Start date: fall 2017. Application Deadline: April 15, 2017.


  • PhD awarded by anticipated start date (fall 2017) in fields such as information studies, anthropology, STS, media studies, communication studies, cultural geography, history or other related disciplines.
  • Outstanding skills in ethnographic research
  • Strong publication record
  • Commitment to work collaboratively on research and writing
  • Excitement about working with an interdisciplinary team


  • Intermediate or higher Chinese language proficiency
  • Familiarity with theories and approaches in feminist studies, STS, China and Southeast Asian Studies, and Anthropology

To apply:

Interested applicants should send a single pdf document to Silvia Lindtner ( Applicants should include a one-page letter of interest, CV, a writing sample, and the name and contact information of three references.


The post-doc will collaborate on a NSF-funded project on the practices and visions of maker and entrepreneurship cultures. Through ethnographic research, hands-on design workshops, and international comparison, this project examines how making and entrepreneurship are envisioned to reshape economic, technological, and social futures across regions. The project explores how regions typically thought of as the technology periphery both draw from and challenge dominant approaches to innovation in familiar tech hubs like Silicon Valley. The specific focus is on regions in Asia and the American Midwest. The goal of this project is to contribute to discussions that place models of technology innovation and design in relationship to histories, cultures, and technopolitical processes. This includes debates around non-linear stories of technological progress, creativity, and design. This research will contribute to a growing body of research focused on investigating the tools, techniques, political work, and social organization of start-ups, maker/hacker collectives, and repair practices by providing both an ethnographic foundation and technological insights.


The location of the post-doc is in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The successful candidate is expected to travel for research to Asia and/or regions in the Midwest, work with PI and Co-PIs on analysis and dissemination of findings, as well as support the PI in coordination and management of the cross-institutional collaboration. At the University of Michigan, the postdoctoral researcher will be part of a vibrant interdisciplinary research community at the Information School and will have opportunities to work with researchers at the Tech Culture Matters Research Group, the Science and Technology Studies Program, the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing Research Group, the Center for Chinese Studies, and other similar programs.

More details here.