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Last updated 04/10/2014 by Jay Burlingham.

Post-doctorate researcher in surveillance and privacy, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Deadline: May 01 2014

Updated: April 10 2014

Post-doctorate researcher in surveillance and privacy (0,8 fte)
Temporary: UVT-EXT-2014-0100

The job
Post-doctorate position in Science, Technology & Society studies at TILT: "Privacy in the 21st century: the role of socio-technical developments in surveillance and privacy".

TILT is looking for a post-doctorate researcher with a background in Science and Technology Studies (STS). The position is part of the VICI project of prof. Bert-Jaap Koops, 'Privacy in the 21st century: finding a new paradigm to protect citizens in the age of ubiquitous data'.
The project seeks to find ways to reinvent legal protection of privacy, which is currently based on a distinction between private and public spaces. Privacy is strongly protected in private places (such as the home) and weakly in public places. Place-based legal protection is challenged by two major socio-technological changes. 1) The concept of private space is evaporating; the home no longer shelters the most intimate activities since people carry their private life around using mobile devices and cloud computing. 2) Traditionally, people expect to be just another face in the crowd, yet the default condition in public space is changing from being anonymous to being identifiable, through pervasive surveillance and tracking technologies. In view of these socio-technical trends, the law should find alternative concepts or distinctions to determine what comes closest to people's personal life in our technology-pervaded society- a metaphorical 'home 2.0'.

The project addresses these questions with an interdisciplinary approach integrating comparative law and Science and Technology Studies. The postdoc will be responsible for the STS part, closely collaborate with prof. Koops to integrate the STS and legal findings, and co-supervise two PhD students. The STS analysis, informed by the co-evolution of social practices, technology, and norms, will describe and analyse the trends of evaporating homes and ubiquitous trackability (mobile Internet, cloud computing, location-tracking, face recognition) and their impact on private-life intrusions. The methods involved are desk research and qualitative research methods derived from ELSI analysis (ethical-legal-social implications of new technologies) and Privacy Impact Assessments, such as document analysis, a Delphi survey, expert interviews, stakeholder workshops, and scenario construction. In addition, the postdoc will analyse, at a theoretical level, socio-technical studies about what is particularly protection-worthy in citizens' 21st-century mobile social life. In the project's final stage, the postdoc will analyse how the findings can be used in Privacy-by-Design and Responsible Innovation approaches.

Your profile
You have completed a PhD in Science and Technology Studies. You combine experience in qualitative empirical research in the field of sociology of technology with a theoretical grounding in philosophy of technology. You have experience in surveillance studies or a demonstrable interest in surveillance and privacy issues. You have experience with various qualitative social-science methods, including interviews, stakeholder meetings and, preferably, scenario studies. You have an academic mind-set, very good research, writing and collaborative skills, and an excellent command of written and spoken English. You like to work independently but also to collaborate closely within a small team.

Employment terms and conditions
Tilburg University is a modern and specialized university. With a broad variety of international programmes and innovating research, Tilburg Law School stands for high quality. Tilburg Law School fosters fundamental, empirical and multidisciplinary research at the forefront of science. It received the highest score in the Dutch national assessment for legal research. TILT - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society is a multidisciplinary institute conducting research into the legal and social implications of emerging technologies. With a 25-person staff and over twenty years of experience, TILT is one of the leading European institutes in the area of technology regulation. TILT is consistently ranked a top institute for research and education by the Legal Research and Education Assessment Committees. The appointment will be for a period of two years, with possible extension. Tilburg University offers a good benefits package in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. We offer competitive European salaries. The appointment will be made at the rank of Researcher 3. The salary for the position of Researcher has a maximum of € 4.462,- gross per month and is based on the scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers, offering very good fringe benefits, such as the possibility to determine your benefits individually through a labour choice model and reimbursement of moving expenses. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf whenever the criteria are met.

Promising candidates will be invited for an interview and may be asked to write down their ideas about how they would approach the project.
Information and application
Additional information about Tilburg University and TILT can be found on http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/ and http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/tilt.
Specific information about the vacancy can be obtained from professor Bert-Jaap Koops, by e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Applying for this vacancy can only be done online. The application including a motivation letter, CV, and three key publications must be submitted via the link at the bottom of the page no later than 1 May 2014.
Recruitment Code
Tilburg University applies the recruitmentcode of the Dutch Association for Personnel Management & Organization Development (NVP).

The text of this vacancy advertisement is copyright-protected property of Tilburg University. Use, distribution and further disclosure of the advertisement without express permission from Tilburg University is not allowed, and this applies explicitly to use by recruitment and selection agencies which do not act directly on the instructions of Tilburg University. Responses resulting from recruitment by non-contractors of Tilburg Universities will not be handled.

Apply as a first time applicant: https://uvtercerp.uvt.nl/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/zuvt_new_cand?PARAM=cG9zdF9pbnN0X2d1aWQ9RTNCQkQ5MzY2MDE3MzNGMTg4RUQwMDUwNTY4QzJFNDA%3d&sap-language=EN&sap-client=100

Apply as a registered applicant: https://uvtercerp.uvt.nl/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/zuvt_unreg_applwzd?PARAM=cG9zdF9pbnN0X2d1aWQ9RTNCQkQ5MzY2MDE3MzNGMTg4RUQwMDUwNTY4QzJFNDA%3d&sap-language=EN&sap-client=100

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Science and Technology Studies at York University

Deadline: May 01 2014

Updated: April 10 2014

York University announces two, three-year postdoctoral Fellowships in science and religion studies, funded by the Templeton Religion Trust grant ‘Clash Narratives in Context: Uncovering the Social and Cultural Drivers of Contemporary Science vs. Religion Debates’.

This multidisciplinary social sciences and humanities research project run in partnership with Coventry University (UK) and in association with the British Library and British Science Association will employ four intersecting approaches: qualitative social science field research; oral history, historical and media discourse analysis; social psychology experimental research; and a large scale quantitative survey of public perceptions, attitudes and identity formation in the UK and Canada. The research team will be co-directed by principal investigators Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker (Coventry University, UK) and Prof. Bernard Lightman (York University).

Postdoctoral Fellowship Strand 1:Qualitative Social Sciences research into the drivers for Contemporary Science vs. Religion Debates’

This strand of research will seek to build a more comprehensive understanding of scientists and publics' lived experiences of the relationship between evolution and personal belief in Canada. The post holder will be expected to work collaboratively with the whole Canada and UK based team including Co-Investigator Dr Rebecca Catto and two UK based postdoctoral research fellows who will be undertaking related comparative social science/social psychology research in the UK.

In addition to engaging in research as part of the ‘Clash Narratives in Context’ project, the Fellow will be expected to contribute to team meetings, dissemination and networking activities for the grant network in the UK and USA, including contributing the project based website and helping to plan the workshop to take place at York in Spring 2015. The successful applicant is expected to have completed his/her Ph.D. in social studies of science, and/or of religion or an STS or sociology related field, within the last five years and before taking up the fellowship.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Strand 2:Historical analysis of drivers for Contemporary Science vs. Religion Debates’

This strand of research will include historiographical analysis and archival research, which seeks to reframe and revisit existing historical discourse in light of overall project findings. In particular it will examine the role of the scientific naturalists in the 19th and 20th centuries. This core piece of analysis will build a more coherent understanding of the origins of the ‘clash narratives’ between science and evolution. The post holder will be expected to work collaboratively with the whole Canada and UK based team including Principal-Investigator Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker, a UK based postdoctoral research fellows conducting recent history research in the UK and Canada and an oral history researcher working within the National Life Stories project team at the British Library.

In addition to engaging in research as part of the ‘Clash Narratives in Context’ project, the Fellow will be expected to contribute to team meetings, dissemination and networking activities for the grant network in the UK and USA, including contributing the project based website and helping to plan the workshop to take place at York in Spring 2015. The Fellow will also work collaboratively with the John Tyndall Correspondence Project centred at York University. The successful applicant is expected to have completed his/her Ph.D. in history, philosophy, or social studies of science, or an STS related field, within the last five years and before taking up the fellowship. Preference will be given to candidates whose work focuses on nineteenth or twentieth century British science.

These awards provide a stipend equivalent to $33,500 plus limited benefits. Questions about the research project and the application procedure should be directed to Bernard Lightman: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Full applications will contain a cover letter that includes a description of current research projects, an academic cv, a writing sample, and at least three letters of reference. Applicants must also articulate how their research projects fit within one of the two strands of the grant. Applications (digital only please) should be sent to Michael Anderson, Administrative Assistant, Institute for Science and Technology Studies at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Deadline: Applications must be received by May 1st, 2014. The successful applicant will begin their appointment on October 1st, 2014.

ESRC Enhanced Scholarship, University of Sheffield

Deadline: May 12 2014


Updated: April 10 2014

In 2013, the ESRC awarded the Science, Technology and Society network of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre three new studentships to begin between October 2013 and October 2014. The studentships provide four years of funding, including all PhD fees and an enhanced stipend of £2000 per annum, in addition to the normal stipend of £13,726 p.a. and a research support grant of £750 p.a. Applications are invited for the ONE remaining studentship, to be based in the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, in the following area:

New methodologies for knowledge production in biosciences

For further information on this studentship opportunity, please see the link titled '‘Biosciences and Society’: New ESRC Social Science Studentships' to the right-hand side of this page. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Kate Reed and/or Susan Molyneux-Hodgson to discuss their research ideas prior to application.

3 PhD scholarships in African Studies at University of Bayreuth

Deadline: May 15 2014


Updated: April 10 2014

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) at the University of Bayreuth in Germany offers three fully funded PhD scholarships beginning 10/2014 in the following research areas:

- Culture and Technology in Africa
- Media in Africa
- Development Economics in Africa

The successful candidate in the area 'Culture and Technology in Africa' will be supervised by me - please feel free to get in touch with inquiries via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). I particularly welcome applications on questions of (renewable) energy and energopolitics in Africa. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area, but do not have a concrete research proposal yet, please also get in touch with me as there may be an opportunity to link your PhD topic to a developing research project.

Applicants must have an excellent Master’s Degree. Applications may be sent in German, English or French.
The working language of BIGSAS is English.

The online application portal is available at:

Deadline: 15 May 2014

Applications from the African continent will be pre-selected by the six Partner Universities after the initial formal screening at the University of Bayreuth.
The interviews of pre-selected candidates will also take place at these Partner Universities:
Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin
Université Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat, Morocco
Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique
Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies – BIGSAS – Bayreuth University D-95440 Bayreuth - Germany
Phone: ++ 49 (0) 921 / 55-5101 fax: ++ 49 (0) 921 / 55-5102 e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) web: http://www.bigsas.uni-bayreuth.de

PhD Candidate, “The Agri/Cultures Project” at GenØk Centre for Biosafety, UiT The Arctic University

Deadline: April 30 2014

Updated: April 10 2014

GenØk Centre for Biosafety is looking for a PhD candidate to work on “The Agri/Cultures Project: Operationalising Norway’s Gene Technology Act & it’s Requirement for Social and Ethical Justifiability”.

Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent and be qualified for PhD study in Norway. Enrollment for the degree will be at UiT The Arctic University of Norway while the candidate will work within the Society, Ecology and Ethics Department at GenØk - Centre for Biosafety. The PhD position is for 3 years, with anticipated commencement on August 1st 2014.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is the northernmost university in the world, located in Tromsø where life is shaped by wild nature, contrasting light and weather conditions, geographic distances and multiculturalism. Read more at: http://www.uit.no

GenØk – Centre for Biosafety is the national competence centre for biosafety in Norway. GenØk conducts research on social and ethical aspects of biotechnologies as well as their impacts on human health and the environment, provides policy advice to national and international governments and institutions on biosafety issues, and delivers capacity building for scientists, regulators and civil society organisers around the world in the risk assessment and regulation of genetically modified organisms. Read more at: http://www.genok.no

Project description

The use of biotechnology, and particularly the cultivation of genetically modified crops, has been the singularly most controversial development in modern agriculture and remains an issue of unresolved social and political tension around the globe. Norway is unique internationally in that its Gene Technology Act explicitly aims to ensure that the introduction and use of genetically modified organisms is “socially and ethically justifiable”. In doing so, it requires that regulatory consideration be given to the technology’s societal benefit and contribution to sustainable development. Unfortunately, a lack of empirical knowledge and concrete methods for performing this type of assessment currently inhibit the ability to operationalize these features. To help address this problem, the Agri/Cultures project seeks to: a) develop new methods for conceptualising and researching biotechnologies not as isolated objects but as networks of socio-cultural and eco-technical relations, and b) generate empirical knowledge that can enable the assessment of such relational networks against criteria of sustainability, societal benefit and ethical justifiability.

Within the overarching scope of the Agri/Cultures project, the PhD project will develop ‘agri/culture cartographies’ to capture and document the relational networks of different types of agricultural systems. These cartographies will be generated by ‘following a kernel of corn’ through various lifecycle stages (production, cultivation, use) under different agricultural systems (organic, chemical, biotechnological) to generate a map of the relational networks encountered (biological and social; cultural and technical). The development of these agri/culture cartographies will involve a combination of desk-based research and fieldwork and will include both textual and visual forms of documentation (with short films illustrating the different agricultural systems and their relational networks an intended outcome of the project). These agri/culture cartographies will then form the contextual grounds for assessing agricultural biotechnologies according to their social and ethical justifiability.

The candidate appointed to this position will primarily work within a European context, with fieldwork in Spain.

Qualification requirements

The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. The programme period starts upon commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the university’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. The regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available (in Norwegian) at the following address: http://lovdata.no/dokument/SF/forskrift/2012-10-25-1150

Applicants must be qualified to undertake PhD studies in Norway. This requires that the candidate hold either a Master’s degree of 300 credits or a Master's degree of 120 credits combined with a Bachelor's degree of 180 credits. Experience-based Master’s of 120 credits may also provide a basis for admission. Additionally, the Masters degree must have attained a grade of B or higher to be eligible for entry into a PhD program. Finally, the applicant must be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

Since the Agri/Cultures project is interdisciplinary in nature, applicants for the PhD position could come from a range of relevant fields, including but not limited to: science & technology studies, visual anthropology, cultural studies, philosophy, sociology, political science, agricultural science, environmental management or ecological economics.

Working conditions

PhD candidates in Norway are normally remunerated at the State wage scale code 1017. As part of their employment, the PhD candidate will join GenØk’s pension plan, which although undergoing some changes, currently involves a deposit of 2%.

Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc., as well as questions about the PhD programme may be directed to the contact person given above. GenØk has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of their gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background. GenØk is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee.

All applicants will need to meet the basic requirements for entry into PhD programs in Norway (described above) to be considered for the position. Following that, weight will be given to the relevance of the applicant’s academic background and experience for the project and the grades received in previous degrees. Weight will also be given to the following desirable (although not required) criteria: competence in Spanish; skills in digital and visual forms of communication; knowledge of agricultural systems and issues surrounding biotechnologies; training or experience working in interdisciplinary settings (particularly across the natural and social sciences). Emphasis will also be attached to personal suitability.


The application must be submitted electronically before April 30th to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The applications should be written in English and include:

A one page statement of why you are interested in the position and how your background, interests and/or expertise will be beneficial for the project
A curriculum vitae
An example of academic writing (e.g. a published article, a coursework essay, or copy of the Masters thesis)
In addition, by the application deadline of April 30th, a paper copy of the following documents shall be sent to GenØk:

Certified copies of:
- diploma and transcript from your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
- diploma and transcript from your Master’s degree or equivalent
- diploma supplement for completed degrees
- documentation of English language proficiency (see http://www.nokut.no/en/Facts-and-statistics/Surveys-and-databases/GSU-list/)
- two letters of reference
- list of published works and a description of these
§ author(s), the work’s title
§ for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
§ for other publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages

These supporting documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language and should be sent by April 30th directly to:
PhD Position: Agri/Cultures Project, GenØk - Centre for Biosafety, Forskningsparken, PB 6418, 9294 Tromsø, Norway

For further information about the position, please contact Dr Fern Wickson (email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) telephone +47 77623137.)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in History of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, University of Calgary

Deadline: April 30 2014


Updated: April 10 2014

The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Neuroscience & Psychiatry for a research project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Area: History of Medicine (history of neuroscience & psychiatry)
Duration: 2 Years (potential for 3rd year)
Start Date: September 1, 2014
Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Job Description:
The UofC has an active research and educational community in the wider field of the science studies (programs in the History of Medicine and Health Care, History and Philosophy of Science, as well as Science and Technology Studies). The successful applicant will work with a team of historians and science scholars based in the Faculty of Medicine with strong links to the Faculties of Arts/Science/Nursing, the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and the Institute for Public Health. The applicant will help to advance the groups’ historiographical research program and engage with (inter)national collaborators to examine the impact of émigrés physicians and researchers in North American neuroscience. The research program is aligned with current work to investigate the impact of the forced migration of German-speaking émigré psychiatrists, neurologists and basic brain researchers in Canada and the USA (see: http://www.homhcp.ucalgary.ca).

The successful applicant will teach 1 ourse per tearm in an area related to the History of Medicine/History/History and Philosophy of Science and contribute 40% of his/her time to research, data-banking, and publication activities of the research program. Participation in the ongoing seminars and lecture series is also required. All other time, he/she can devote to his/her grant writing activities, publications, and collaborations.

Applications are invited from recent PhD graduates (<3 years from degree) in history/sociology/STS/philosophy/anthropology/classics with a demonstrated background in history of medicine/science/neuroscience and interest in the subject of the local research program. International applications are likewise strongly encouraged. Data-banking experience and additional knowledge of German, Hebrew, Polish, or French is appreciated; and demonstrated experiences with oral history methodology would be an advantage.

Application details:
Review of applications will begin April-30, 2014 continuing until successful recruitment (anticipated start date: Sept-1, 2014). Applicants should submit a CV, a cover letter with statement of research experience, 2 writing samples (articles or books chapters), a brief outline of personal research interests along with 2 reference letters
Dr. Frank W. Stahnisch, Associate Professor
AMF/Hannah Professorship in the History of Medicine and Health Care
Department of Community Health Sciences & Department of History
TRW Building, Room 3E41, 3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 4Z6

Email applications (with all supporting materials) are preferred. Applicants wishing more information are encouraged to contact Dr. Frank W. Stahnisch (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or Mrs. Beth Cusitar (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

2015-2016 Fellowships, Institute for Advanced Study School of Social Science

Deadline: November 01 2014


Updated: April 10 2014

Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, invites about twenty scholars to be in residence for the full academic year to pursue their own research. The School welcomes applications in economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with an historical and humanistic bent and also entertains applications in history, philosophy, literary criticism, literature and linguistics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at time of application, and must commit to the full academic year. Each year there is a general thematic focus that provides common ground for roughly half the scholars; for 2015-2016 the focus will be Borders and Boundaries. The application deadline is November 1, 2014. Applications must be submitted through the Institute?s online application system, which can be found, along with more information about the theme, at: http://www.sss.ias.edu/applications

Two PhD positions, Energy Cultures Research Group, Zeppelin University (GER)

Deadline: April 25 2014


Updated: April 10 2014

Your responsibilities
| Conducting a sub-project on research policy and knowledge transfer in the context of sustainability and energy transitions in Germany or the EU
| Contributing to project management, organisation of workshops and seminars, and knowledge transfer activities of the research group
| Dissemination of research results in conferences, reports, and academic publications.
| Writing a PhD thesis

Your profile
| Very good master’s degree in social science or cultural studies
| Good theoretical knowledge of science and technology studies, innovation studies or research policy preferably in combination with knowledge of sustainability and energy issues or knowledge
| Knowledge of qualitative research methods and interest in undertaking extensive and rigorous empirical research
| A curious, committed, and responsible team player with organizational skills
| Excellent command of English

To apply for this post, please send electronic copies of your CV, one writing sample (preferably publication or MA-thesis) and a cover letter, in which you should also outline in detail how you would approach the nexus between sustainability/energy, science, and policy, to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 25 April 2014. Further enquiries can be made to the director of the research group, Dr Thomas Pfister: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

2014 Call for Applications for 5 Post Doctoral positions, IFRIS

Deadline: May 31 2014


Updated: March 11 2014

5 post-doctoral positions are available at the French Institute “Research, Innovation, Society” (Institut Francilien Recherche, Innovation, Société - http://ifris.org/en/). IFRIS welcomes STS scholars, historians, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, economists, people working on management sciences or law, and who work on the production, regulation and uses of science and technologies in societies. Research may concern a variety of issues including public health and biomedicine, agricultural sciences and food security, climate change, biodiversity and environmental questions, ICT, big data and internet, regimes of sciences and innovation in society, as well as theoretical questions.

The post-doc fellows selected will undertake an original research project that fits with IFRIS lines of research, notably on the following topics:

Innovation processes, notably bottom up, "responsible" or “social” innovation
Socio-technical transitions and government/governance of change
Property rights and commons
Regulation of techno-scientific activities and their products
Multi-level governance and scales of government
Knowledge and the government of the scientific public sphere
Regimes and institutions of knowledge
Construction of futures
Post-doc fellows will be hosted by one of the IFRIS Research Groups. We highly recommend contacting them as soon as possible since a good integration in the groups is one of the core objectives of the IFRIS post-doc programme:

CAK (Centre Alexandre Koyré), contacts: Dominique Pestre (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), Amy Dahan (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
CERMES3 (Centre de recherche Médecine, Sciences, Santé et Société), Contact: Jean-Paul Gaudillière (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
CEPN (Centre d’Economie de Paris Nord), Contacts: Benjamin Coriat (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), David Flacher (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
CNAM: LIRSA (Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Recherche en Science de l’Action), contact: Gilles Garel (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) et LISE (Labo Interdisciplinaire pour la Sociologie Economique), contact: Jean-Louis Laville (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
INRA-SenS (Sciences en Société), Contact: Marc Barbier (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
IRD: UMR Développement et Sociétés, Contact: Rigas Arvanitis (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) et UMR PaLoc, Contact: Frédéric Thomas (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
LATTS (Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires, Sociétés), Contacts: Ashveen Peerbaye (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), Philippe Larédo (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
Post-doc researchers are eligible for a contract of up to 24 months, under the standard French salary and work status. Contracts start according to candidates’ constraints.


Researchers holding a doctoral degree or having fulfilled all the obligations of a PhD (certified by their supervisor) in a field relevant to the IFRIS research topics. Candidates cannot apply for a post doc in the group where they have prepared their PhD.


Formal applications will include:
- A one page resume/CV
- A list of publications
- A statement of proposed research (in English, 5 to 10 pages) including a (preliminary/provisional) budget for travel expenses. A specific dimension should deal with their contribution to the research agenda of IFRIS (see selection criteria below).
- A letter by a member of the hosting research group. The letter will state how the candidate’s project will be integrated in the group and the collaboration and support she will benefit
- A reference letter directly sent by their PhD supervisor to IFRIS before June 20th (and for French candidates, their viva report)

Selection criteria
- Quality of the research project
- Relevance in relation to the IFRIS research strategies (http://ifris.org/en/presentation/)
- Quality of the integration of the candidate’s project in the hosting research group
- Quality of the candidate

The application will be sent in one single file, pdf format, and will be registered under the following name:
Name_appelpostdoc_IFRIS.pdf (where “name” is the last name of the candidate)

Applications will be sent before May 31st, 2014 to: Julie Rust (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), IFRIS

Call for postdoctoral residency 2014, Universidad de las Américas Puebla, México

Deadline: May 19 2014


Updated: March 11 2014

Universidad de las Américas Puebla and the project “La epistemología más allá del texto. Prácticas culturales en la era de la información”2 offer a research residency for a term of 6 months, in the research group Teorías del arte y los medios contemporáneos3 (RG), for the period 2014-2015.4

The applicant must 1) hold a Ph.D. at the time of application and not after more than 5 years of obtaining the degree; 2) have conducted a research in any discipline related to Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences and have addressed some of the issues that RG studies in its project “La epistemología más allá del texto” (v.g., digital culture, non-textual practices, expanded forms of writing, subaltern knowledge).

It is expected from the postdoctoral applicant to fulfill the following activities: 1) to join the discussions in the RG, which holds meetings fortnightly (in the periods January-May and August-December); 2) to deliver a public presentation on his/her research work; 3) to conclude a research paper developed during the residency in the RG for publication in a refereed international journal; besides, the paper must include the opportune recognition to the program; 4) to review and comment the research work of the Ph.D. students and postgraduates of the program that may be related to the interests of the applicant; 5) to present a final report assessing his/her work at the RG.

The term of residency must be consecutive and uninterrupted from August 1, 2014.

Total compensation for the 6 months period –travel, accommodation, and meals expenses, which are borne by the applicant, are included– is for 105,000 Mexican pesos (U.S. $ 7,958 at exchange rate of February 17th 2014), to be delivered in six monthly payments of 17,500 Mexican pesos.

The postdoctoral will have full access to the library and the campus internet network.

At the time of starting the residency, the postdoctoral must present an existing private health insurance that covers the whole residency period.
A Curriculum Vitae, a letter of intent and a brief work project (max. 1,000 words), all of them in free format, must be delivered to the Research Group Director, Alberto López Cuenca, Ph.D., by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Applications will be received until Monday May 19th 2014. Notification to the selected applicant will be delivered on June 16th 2014, at the latest.

Discussions in the RG are held in Spanish, so some acquaintance with Spanish is advisable but it is not a requirement for applicants since English is fluently spoken in the RG.

Any issue related to this call can be consulted via the above mentioned e-mail.

1 Art theories and contemporary media.
2 Epistemology beyond the text form. Cultural practices in the information age.
3 Art theories and contemporary media.
4 Group info available in this web site in Spanish: http://web.udlap.mx/masalladeltexto/acercade/; about the research project: http://web.udlap.mx/masalladeltexto/proyecto/mas-alla-del-texto/protocolo/

Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award, Yale University

Deadline: April 27 2014


Updated: February 15 2014

The Historical Library of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University is pleased to announce its seventh annual Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library.

The Medical Historical Library, located in New Haven, Connecticut, holds one of the country's largest collections of rare medical books, journals, prints, photographs, and pamphlets. Special strengths are the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius, Boyle, Harvey, Culpeper, Priestley, and S.
Weir Mitchell, and works on anesthesia, and smallpox inoculation and vaccination, as well as collections from the 17th-19th centuries. The Library owns over fifty medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Arabic and Persian manuscripts, and over 300 medical incunabula. The notable Clements C. Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings has over 2,500 fine prints, drawings, and posters from the 15th century to the present on medical subjects. The library also holds a great collection of tobacco advertisements, patent medicine ephemera, and a large group of materials from Harvey Cushing, one of the founding fathers of neurosurgery.

The 2014-2015 travel grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers who wish to use the collections of the Medical Historical Library: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu

There is a single award of up to $1,500 for one week of research during the academic fiscal year July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a description of the project including the relevance of the collections of the Historical Library to the project, and two references attesting to the particular project. Preference will be given to applicants beyond commuting distance to the Historical Library. This award is for use of Medical Historical special collections and is not intended for primary use of special collections in other libraries at
Yale. Applications are due by Sunday, APRIL 27th, 2014. They will be considered by a committee and the candidates will be informed by JUNE 6th, 2014. An application form can be found on our website: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/us/grant

pplications and requests for further information should be sent to:

Melissa Grafe, Ph.D
John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library Yale University
P.O. Box 208014 New Haven, CT
Telephone: 203- 785-4354
Fax: 203-785-5636
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Additional information about the Library and its collections may be found at: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu

The David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality, Library of Congress

Deadline: April 17 2014


Updated: February 15 2014

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is delighted to announce that we are currently accepting applications for The David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality.

This paid research opportunity at the Library of Congress is open to qualified scholars to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship designed to continue Dr. Larson's legacy of promoting meaningful, scholarly study of these two important and increasingly interrelated fields. The fellowship seeks to encourage the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the scientific study of the relation of religiousness and spirituality to physical, mental, and social health. It provides an opportunity for a period of 6 to 12 months of concentrated use of the collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency in the Library's John W. Kluge Center.

Full information on eligibility, application procedures, and stipend is available on our website: http://www.loc.gov/kluge/fellowships/larson.html.

Postdoc in Philosophy, History and/or Social Studies of Biomedicine, University of Exeter

Deadline: April 29 2014


Updated: February 15 2014

The Department of Sociology, Philosophy & Anthropology of the University of Exeter (UK) is advertising a position in connection to Sabina Leonelli’s ERC project 'The Epistemology of Data-Intensive Science' (DATA_SCIENCE):

A Research Fellowship available from 1 October 2014 until 31 March 2018. The successful applicant will investigate how the use of online databases is affecting research practices and outcomes in biomedicine. This study will be carried out in collaboration with scholars conducting similar research on other fields, so as to facilitate comparison across different sciences. The successful applicant will have a PhD or equivalent in the philosophy, history and/or social studies of biomedicine. The ability to conduct ethnographic research is desirable but not essential, as long as the applicant is willing to be trained as required to conduct this type of research. The deadline for applications is 29 April 2014; interviews are expected to take place on 27 May 2014. Detailed job description and application procedure: https://jobs.exeter.ac.uk/hrpr_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=1191319Mkf&WVID=3817591jNg&LANG=USA

For further information on either post please contact Dr Leonelli, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

The Strong Research Fellowships in Rochester, New York


Updated: June 16 2012

The Strong is pleased to announce The Strong Research Fellowships to provide financial support for scholarly play research in The Strong’s incomparable collections of toys, games, board games, electronic games, and a wide breadth of play-related records and historical archives that document the importance of play in people’s lives.

The Strong invites applications from academic professionals, independent scholars, museum scholars, and advanced graduate students at the Masters or PhD level living outside a 50-mile radius of The Strong. Fellowships are awarded three times a year and granted for periods ranging from one week to three months in the following amounts: a $400 stipend per week for a maximum of three weeks and a $1,500 stipend per month for a maximum of three months.

More information about the fellowships: http://www.thestrong.org/press/releases/2012/06/4337-strong-announces-play-research-fellowships

For questions, please contact Shane Rhinewald at 585-410-6365 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

2 PhD positions, “Ways of Writing: How Physicians Know, 1550-1950,” Inst for History of Medicine

Updated: March 16 2012

Applications are invited for 2 doctoral positions (65% E13) to be held for up to five years from 1 October 2012 at the Institute for the History of Medicine, Charité Berlin, for the research project “Ways of Writing: How Physicians Know, 1550-1950” funded by the European Research Council.

Observation in the clinic, testing in the laboratory, curve-tracing machines: we may think we know how physicians know. We don’t. That is because we have, until recently, ignored the primary medium in which medical knowledge occurs, namely, writing and its organisation and reorganisation on paper. Written patient records are almost as old as medicine itself and still central to its practice. Remarkably unexamined is how these have generated knowledge. The project aims to address a question of interest for understanding science, technology and medicine in the broadest sense: How are generalizations drawn from particulars? Key techniques appear to be those of mastering on paper. These are shared across clinical, natural historical, pedagogical, forensic, accounting, administrative and other activity. To learn how paper technology works and how this has shaped knowledge over time, to show how human beings know and deal with the physical world through operations of pen and paper: the project aims to contribute to this wider goal through its focus on medicine.

Successful applicants will join Volker Hess, Andrew Mendelsohn, and Ruth Schilling to complete a seven-person research group by focusing on one of the following areas:
1. Physici and Protophysici. Physicians in administration in early modern northern Italy and the Spanish court. Writing practices at intersections of government, university, and natural history. Languages: Latin, Italian and/or Spanish required.
2. Republic of letters, medicine in the 17th and 18th centuries. Natural historical practices at work in medical practice and the learned world. Languages: German, French, and English required; Latin preferred.
3. Birth of the clinic revisited. Knowledge practices from bedside to handbook at Montpellier, Leiden, Edinburgh, Vienna, 1700-1800. Languages: Latin, English, and French required; reading knowledge of Dutch preferred.
4. The Laboratory in the Clinic, 1850-1950. Role of modern experimental sciences in observation and understanding of disease(s). Languages: English and German required.
5. Constructing clinical cases, 1900-1950. Medical knowing from clinical recording to scientific publication. Languages: English and German required. Experience in historical research on patient records preferred.

Applicants should have a strong academic track record and research potential in history or history of science and/or medicine as well as specific knowledge and skills needed to work on one of the research areas listed above. Teamwork ability, readiness for cooperative research, and openness to multiple disciplinary approaches are essential.

Project members will communicate in English and German. Applicants with at least a listening knowledge of German will be at an advantage.

Project members will have the opportunity to gain academic qualifications – PhD or Habilitation – through their work on the project.

Preference will be given to equally qualified female applicants.

Enquiries: Volker Hess .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Andrew Mendelsohn .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

To apply, please send full CV, sample of written work, and two-page proposal (in English or German) for research in one of the areas listed above by 25 March 2012 to:

Ms. Stefanie Voth, Sekretariat
electronically .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or by post
Institut für Geschichte der Medizin
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Ziegelstraße 10
10117 Berlin

Applicants will be interviewed in the week of 16 April 2012, with decisions announced the following week.

Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Fellowship, U of Texas

Updated: February 22 2011

The Moody Medical Library of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is pleased to offer the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. Fellowship to support research related to the history of medicine conducted at the Moody Medical Library.

The Truman G. Blocker, Jr. Fellowship will provide between $2,000 and $4,000 per year to support travel, lodging and incidental expenses for the period between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Upon completion the recipient will deliver a paper at the University of Texas Medical Branch outlining the research, provide an expense report and a copy of the final research product. The University of Texas Medical Branch also reserves the right to post excerpts from the work, a photograph and biographical material of the Fellow on our website: http://www.utmb.edu/

The fellowship proposal must demonstrate that the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections contain resources central to the proposed topic. These collections consist of over 18,000 titles and 10,000 pamphlets and reprints documenting the development of Western medicine and allied sciences. The Moody Medical Library's holdings of books printed prior to 1501 place it among the top medical sciences libraries in the United States. Collection strengths include fundamental and secondary works in anatomy and surgery, anesthesiology, immunology, and occupational medicine. The Titus Harris Collection of the History of Psychiatry maintains over 4,500 volumes and is considered one of the most comprehensive accumulations of works on the subject.

The archival collections housed at the Moody Medical Library are among the largest and most significant in the history of the biomedical sciences in the southern United States. These collections provide records of state and national organizations, and professional societies in medicine and related fields in addition to the private and professional papers of University of Texas Medical Branch faculty, staff, students and alumni. An inclusive list of these archives may be found at the Texas Archival Resources Online website:

While preference will be given to applicants who live beyond commuting distance of Galveston, all are encouraged to apply, including graduate students. Applicants should submit a fellowship proposal outlining the subject and objectives of the research project and historical materials to be used, (not to exceed 2 pages), a project budget including travel, lodging and research expenses, curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation by April 1st, 2011. Award decisions will be made by May 1st, 2011.

Applications should be mailed to:

Robert O. Marlin IV, Archivist
Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections
Moody Medical Library, University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
Galveston,TX 77555-1035

Humboldt Research Fellowships


Updated: September 15 2010

The Humboldt Research Fellowship enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars of all nationalities and all disciplines to carry out research projects for extended periods of time in cooperation with academic hosts at research institutions in Germany. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, the quality and fea sibility of the proposed research and the applicant's publications.

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers: Postdoctoral scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within four years prior to the application submission date are eligible. This fellowship: Allows for a stay of 6-24 months in Germany and provides a monthly stipend of 2,250 EUR. Application materials and detailed information are available on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation webpage.

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers: Scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within twelve years prior to the application submission date are eligible. This fellowship: Allows for a stay of 6-18 months in Germany; may be divided into a maximum of three visits of at least three months each; and provides a monthly stipend of 2,450 EUR. Application materials and detailed information are available on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation webpage. Additional allowances are available for accompanying family members, travel expenses, and German language instruction.

Applications may be submitted at any time to the Humboldt Foundation in Bonn. The review process takes several months, and the selection committee meets three times a year to review applications.