1-2 Postdoctoral 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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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 Postdoctoral 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 applicants with a Ph.D 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, though the postdoctoral researcher has the opportunity to define the research project in collaboration with the programme director, Associate Professor Solveig Jülich. Successful candidates will be part of a research group including Ph.D. students 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: Employment as a postdoctoral researcher involves a two year full-time post, working within the research programme. This may also entail teaching duties up to 20% of a full-time position.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a PhD degree in the humanities or social sciences. The doctorate must have been completed within the last three years (though exceptions may be granted should circumstances merit this).
The successful postdoc applicant must not previously have been employed at Uppsala University as a postdoc within the same or closely-related subject for more than one year.
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:
• completed application form,
• Curriculum Vitae, with a complete list of publications,
• a brief description of your intended research direction and why you consider yourself well-suited to this particular position,
• certified copies of your degree certificates and grades,
• a maximum of 5 publications,
• additional documents to support your application, including possible referees.
Application forms can be obtained from email@example.com, tel. (+46) 018-471 29 54.
Selection criteria: Emphasis will primarily be placed upon academic merits in selecting candidates. Ranking will take place on the basis of the quality of the academic merits. Particular weight will be given to research completed within the field of the history of medicine.
Salary: According to individual qualifications and merits. Please provide a salary proposal in your application.
First day of employment: 2016-02-01.
For more information contact head of department Torbjörn Gustafsson Chorell, tel. (+46) 018-471 76 77, firstname.lastname@example.org; or programme director Solveig Jülich, tel. (+46) 018-471 15 73, email@example.com.
Please submit your application by the 30th September 2015, UFV-PA 2015/1595
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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
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Number of reference: UFV-PA 2015/1595
Last application date: 2015-09-30
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