Postdoctoral Research Fellows - The Epidemiological Revolution
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High School Yards, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ, GB
03/24/2021, 9:16 AM
05/07/2021, 12:00 PM
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UE07 - £33,797 - £40,322
STIS / School of Social and Political Science
Fixed Term, 35 Hours per week
01/10/2021 – 30/06/2025
Number of posts - 2
We are looking for two Postdoctoral Research Fellows to play an important role within the ERC-funded research project The Epidemiological Revolution: A History of Epidemiological Reasoning. Both post-holders will work closely with Dr Lukas Engelmann over the next four years to pursue research on the history of epidemiology in the twentieth century.
Each of the two positions offers the opportunity to shape the project’s research agenda and to collaborate in developing novel digital methods. You will be expected to lead one of two research themes (‘Correlation’ or ‘Configuration’ – see below), to design and deliver historical case studies independently, and to contribute to digital research plans within the overall research agenda of the project.
Research theme 1 (Correlation): The history of data practices in epidemiological reasoning. You will work on the research practices of epidemiologists and investigate how the collection, storage and retrieval of data enabled the correlation of variables. Case studies might look for instance at the paper technologies with which epidemiological information was collected, how social categories (eg. age, race, gender, profession) were tabulated as epidemiological data, or how reports, forms and surveys have structured research questions and outcomes. This theme is concerned with the data infrastructures of epidemiology and seeks to develop a critical perspective on the field’s politics of standardisation and digitalisation.
Research theme 2 (Configuration): The history of transdisciplinary networks in epidemiological reasoning. Your position will be focused on the question of who was empowered to speak in the name of epidemiology, and who had the authority to produce and disseminate epidemiological knowledge. Beyond the mere history of a discipline, your case studies might follow bidirectional influences of the social and medical sciences in epidemiology and investigate how epidemiological methods and theories travelled beyond the study of infectious and chronic diseases. This theme is concerned with the social networks in which epidemiological knowledge is produced and will map the historical distribution of the field’s methods and theories.
Please refer to the project website for further information on the themes http://theepidemy.net or get in touch with the PI.
Your skills and attributes for success:
· PhD (or near completion) in relevant historical or social science subject
· Experience in archive-based or oral historical research, or historical sociology
· Experience in working collaboratively
· Experience in digital research methods is highly desirable but not necessary
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How to apply:
You can only apply to one theme. Please include your CV and a supporting statement with details of how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience required for this post. Please also include a one-page sketch of a sample case study for the research theme to which you are applying. Please direct any informal questions to the PI, Lukas Engelmann, email@example.com
As a valued member of our team you can expect:
You will be based in the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) subject group, located within the School of Social and Political Science. STIS is home to a growing cluster of historians and sociologists of biomedicine and the life sciences. Research within STIS ranges widely across the history and sociology of science, technology and medicine including studies of and with information and communication technologies, and the sociology of environment, energy and sustainability. You will be encouraged to join the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, which brings together researchers from STIS, the Social Studies of Health and Medicine group in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and a growing group of medical lawyers and bioethicists in the School of Law.
The University of Edinburgh offers an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We provide you with support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.
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