Post Doctoral Research Assistant
Call for applications
Birkbeck University of London Post Doctoral Research Assistant, three year contract, starting 1 October 2014 Birkbeck University of London, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
We are seeking to appoint a Post Doctoral Research Assistant to work on a Wellcome-funded project, entitled 'Hidden Persuaders? Brainwashing, Culture, Clinical Knowledge and the Cold War Human Sciences c. 1950-1990'.
This project asks why 'brainwashing' erupted into public consciousness in the postwar period and investigates where such practices, and cultural fears led. Visions of unconscious suggestibility are older, but 'brainwashing' debates, after 1950, profoundly affected the way we understand the psychic lives of individuals and 'mass psychology', and the role of states, and commerce.
The successful candidate will assume responsibility for a designated research area (and publication) within the broad framework described above, and will be encouraged to produce academic publications of their own based on their work on the project.
Applications are especially welcomed from academics with prior knowledge of the history of psychoanalysis, psychiatry and/or psychology. Some previous familiarity with post-war political and/or cultural history would also be an asset. A working knowledge of one or more languages other than English; e.g. Russian, German or French would be useful, as would facility in one or more Asian languages (Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Khmer or Malay).
The closing date for completed applications is 9 June 2014.
Informal enquiries can be made to: Professor Daniel Pick, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Reference Number 11255