Call for applications
The Cedars-Sinai Program in the History of Medicine, now in its fourth year, is a vibrant and collegial unit within the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Division of Graduate Research Education, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. It is host to seven research-active core faculty, the Center for Medicine, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, and an ongoing Covid19 archive project. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Medical Center is one of the nation’s leading non-profit medical institutions. It is a teaching hospital of UCLA and has a large academic enterprise with substantial extramural funding. For more information about the Program, visit our website: History of Medicine Program | Cedars-Sinai.
The Program in the History of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center seeks an outstanding candidate for a two-year fellowship, with appointment to be taken up by the end of September 2021. The appointee will be proposed for an academic title of Instructor. This is expected to be a joint venture with the History Department at the University of California Los Angeles, where the successful applicant will hold a Visiting academic appointment, if justified by the qualifications of the appointee.
The area of specialization is the history of medicine, broadly conceived, but preference will be given to applicants who have embarked on deeply researched projects emphasizing the history of human disease and medical practice in the 19th and 20th centuries that would especially benefit from being situated in a contemporary medical institution.
The appointee, with the expectation of a concurrent appointment in UCLA’s Department of History, will enjoy substantial time to pursue research with academic privileges at both institutions, with a one-course per year undergraduate teaching load at UCLA and teaching assignments at Cedars-Sinai as required.
The Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program in the History of Medicine works independently and in cooperation with the Program Directors and Faculty to make significant and creative contributions to research and scholarship in the history of medicine and allied fields. The Fellow may be an ongoing member of a research team or may work independently to contribute high-level expertise and experience to a specific research or creative program. The Fellow is expected to develop a research reputation and will have teaching responsibilities as determined by the Program Directors. In addition, the Fellow will contribute to the administration of day-to-day program operations under the supervision of a member of Cedars-Sinai Faculty.
Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- May assist in the preparation of grant proposals, but is not responsible for generating grant funds.
- May participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author.
- Designs and performs experiments. Will keep appropriate experimental records and documentation and analyze the results with the Principal Investigator.
- May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols.
- Analyzes interpret, summarizes, and compiles data.
- Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout the training period.
- Operates and maintains equipment and instruments.
- Develop and pursue original research. Assist in or independently publish original research.
- Generate content for the Program’s 6-week courses, speaker series, and graduate student curriculum, as required
- Lecture and/or conduct seminars by invitation in the history of medicine at outside institutions and to the public, where appropriate
- Assist in creating a social media presence for the Program
- Educate the Cedars-Sinai community about the contemporary history of medicine landscape
Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD, or DDS) in area directly related to field of research specialization, required.
Experience & Skillset:
- Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectives during one to five (1-5) year post-doctoral appointment.
- Works independently on research projects designed by a mentor (typically the PI) within area of specialization.
- Demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including detailed data collection, and analysis and operation and maintenance of specialized equipment.
- Knowledge of safety standards and maintenance of specialized equipment.
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Research Statement (not more than 1500 words)
- One Writing Sample (e.g, an article or book chapter)
- Sample Syllabus (optional)
- Names and email addresses of three references who have agreed to write on the candidate’s behalf
Applications should be submitted in electronic form with the subject line “History of Medicine Search” and addressed to:
History of Medicine Search Committee
c/o Esther Olivio
Program in the History of Medicine
Deadline for submission: July 14, 2021
Applications will be reviewed and a short-list of candidates will be contacted for Zoom interviews.
Please direct all questions to Dr. Gideon Manning, Co-Director, Cedars-Sinai Program in the History of Medicine. Email: Gideon.Manning@cshs.org