Call for applications
The University of Manchester’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) offers a two-year postdoctoral Research Fellow position to pursue independent research and scholarly publications in the history of the biological sciences, including medicine, after 1800. The position is supported by the Williamson Fund, which was established to further the study of these subjects at the University. The start date is September 2015.
This post would suit a historian of modern biology and/or medicine, broadly construed. You will be expected to specify a research question and/or area of research, and are encouraged to send up to two samples of work with their completed application. We are particularly interested in work in or across the following areas: ecology and environmental sciences; biomedical sciences; botany and zoology; global health; molecular biology; and biomedicine and its publics.
To apply for this position, please go to
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Ian Burney.
Telephone: +44 161 275 5871
The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
Closing date : 15 January 2015
Reference : LSX-05516
Faculty / Organisational unit: Life Sciences
Division: Education and HSTM
Employment type: Fixed Term
Duration: 24 months
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Salary: £38,511 to £47,328 per year
Hours per week: full time
Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) and Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine
The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) was founded in 1986 and serves as a focus for the discipline in North West England and beyond. The Wellcome Unit was established in the following year. CHSTM is well-networked nationally and internationally, and regularly hosts visiting scholars, workshops and conferences. The Centre is home to one of the largest groups in the history of science, technology and medicine (HSTM) in the UK, and has within it a Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine and the UK National Archive for the History of Computing, a major research resource for information technology history and culture.
Our research focus is on the history of science, technology and medicine since 1800, drawing on approaches from social and cultural history, science and technology studies (STS), and extending to Science Communication and Contemporary History. We are particularly interested in the intersections and interactions between science and technology and medicine, and all of our work explores science, technology and medicine in its social, cultural and political contexts. While much of our research is on Britain, this work often has an international comparative context, and we have researchers working on Europe and North America. The Centre has an excellent record of attracting research funding and has four major projects currently running: The Earth Under Surveillance: Climate Change, Geophysics and the Cold War Legacy (ERC, €1.3M), Before Translational Medicine (Wellcome Trust, £881K), and ‘Pedigree Chums: Science, Medicine and the Remaking of the Dog in the Twentieth Century’ (Wellcome Trust, £500K); and, with the School of Computer Science, Text Mining the History of Medicine (AHRC, £340K).
CHSTM has long played a key role in the development of HSTM in Britain through its Masters and doctoral training. Our postdoctoral community, the largest of any British HSTM department, provides a lively and supportive environment for those who wish to pursue an academic career in HSTM. We have an excellent record of our fellows and research associates securing posts in the field, with many former colleagues now in leading positions across the world.
As one of the largest HSTM groups in Britain, the Centre has wide expertise and a critical mass of researchers working on many different areas and types of project. We regularly welcome short- and long-term visitors from institutions across the world. The Centre is also a focus for HSTM in the University, and, through its associates, helps draw together the work of staff in other discipline areas who work on similar and related themes. We host weekly research seminars, and regularly organise events including workshops and conferences. The Manchester region, with its universities and museums, has many libraries and archives, providing a wealth of resources for research in HSTM.
Further information can be found at http://www.chstm.manchester.ac.uk
Faculty of Life Sciences
The Faculty of Life Sciences (FLS) is in the top three in life sciences in the UK (RAE 2008). It is located in state-of-the-art facilities including the Michael Smith, AV Hill, John Garside and CTF buildings, with outstanding core facilities. FLS comprises more than 700 academic, technical and secretarial staff, and delivers research and teaching at world-class levels of excellence. FLS has a dynamic research community, which carries out fundamental and applied research of high international repute that encompasses the entire range from molecules to cells, tissues and organisms in health and disease, and the environment, and have a flourishing postgraduate training programme. We deliver undergraduate courses for biological science, medical, dental and nursing students and offer a range of modular options to support its honours degree programmes.
Further information can be found at http://www.ls.manchester.ac.uk/