1-2 Ph.D. positions in History of Science and Ideas linked to the research programme “Medicine at the Borders of Life: Foetal Research and the Emergence of Ethical Controversy in Sweden”
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At the Department of History of Science and Ideas. First day of employment: 2016-02-01.
The Department of History of Science and Ideas is a dynamic research environment with research in the history of science, history of medicine, intellectual history, educational history and history of media. It is Sweden’s largest centre for study within this field and is internationally renowned for its research. There are currently over forty academics, researchers and visiting scholars attached to the Department, including 15 doctoral students. Strengthening the area of the history of medicine in terms of research and teaching is presently a departmental priority. For more information visit: www.idehist.uu.se/?languageId=1.
The Department invites applications for 1-2 Ph.D. positions linked to the research programme “Medicine at the Borders of Life: Foetal Research and the Emergence of Ethical Controversy in Sweden”, funded by the Swedish Research Council. We are searching for students with a Master’s degree within historical or social scientific areas and research interests of relevance for studies of the history of biomedicine. The employment is tied to the programme but the Ph.D. student will have the opportunity to define the research project in collaboration with the supervisor. Successful candidates will be part of a research group including postdoctoral researchers and established scholars.
Description of the research programme: The overall purpose of the programme is to explore the social and cultural history of human foetal research in Sweden. It focuses on the emergence of human foetuses as objects of scientific inquiry and their circulation through many areas of society from the seventeenth century to the late twentieth century, with an emphasis on the Swedish post-war period. The major research question is how, why and with what consequences foetal research in Sweden developed and became ethically contested. Examples of research directions include the introduction of techniques for prenatal diagnosis, the uses of human foetal tissues in the production of vaccines and the creation of ethical guidelines for biomedical research involving human subjects and biological materials. The goal is that the programme will contribute significantly to our knowledge of the history of reproduction, reproductive research and biomedicine, and that its results will serve as a vital basis for political discussion and public debate. For more information: www.idehist.uu.se/borderslife
Job assignments: A doctoral degree spans four years of study and is financed by employment as a PhD candidate. This entails working full-time on the doctoral programme and fully participating in the department's activities. Attendance at the departmental research seminar and participation in the everyday life and socialising of the department is expected. Further employment, up to 20%, in the shape of either teaching or administrative duties can also be applicable.
Qualifications expected: To be eligible for acceptance to this doctoral programme it is a requirement that candidates hold a Master’s degree in the humanities or social sciences. (Specific conditions pertain to holders of a Swedish Master’s degree completed before 2007, in which case see the Swedish version of this announcement for more details.)
The ability to understand written Swedish is also an important requirement given the particular character of this research programme.
Applications may be submitted in either Swedish or English and should include:
• a completed application form,
• a brief description (3-5 pages) of your intended research direction and why you are interested in undertaking doctoral research training,
• certified copies of degree certificates that demonstrate your eligibility,
• a copy of your Master’s thesis,
• additional documents to support your application, including possible referees.
Application forms can be found online at: http://www.histfilfak.uu.se/Forskning/Forskarutbildning/
or by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org , tel. (+46) 018-471 29 54.
Selection criteria: Emphasis will primarily be placed upon applicant’s Master’s theses in selecting candidates. Ranking takes place on the basis of the quality of these theses. The description of the applicant’s proposed research direction is taken into account if the theses are judged to be of equal quality. An interview process may also be relevant.
Legal framework: The formal terms and conditions for doctoral students can be found in the regulations of the Swedish Council for Higher Education (chapters 5,8 and 9), and in the University and Faculty or Art’s guidelines for doctoral education: http://regler.uu.se.
The doctoral programme in the History of Science and Ideas is outlined in the subject’s study plan. This can be ordered from the department or found online here:
Salary: Determined by local agreements; fixed salary.
For more information contact head of department Torbjörn Gustafsson Chorell, tel. (+46) 018-471 76 77, email@example.com; director of graduate studies Sven Widmalm, tel. (+46) 018-471 15 81, firstname.lastname@example.org; or programme director Solveig Jülich, tel. (+46) 018-471 15 73, email@example.com.
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 30th September 2015, UFV-PA 2015/1916. Use the link below to access the application form.
Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.
Placement: Department of History of Science and Ideas
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2015/1916
Last application date: 2015-09-30
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