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Research Associate and Research Assistant posts at Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge

Deadline: May 08 2017

Updated: April 13 2017

Dr Stuart Hogarth (Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge) is recruiting a research assistant and research associate to work on his ERC starting grant project CANCERSCREEN.

Screening for cancer in the post-genomic era: diagnostic innovation and biomedicalisation in comparative perspective.

How do new diagnostic tests find their way into practice? What are the relative roles of industry and the public sector in the discovery, development and adoption of new biological markers of disease (biomarkers)? There is now an extensive body of interdisciplinary research on the political economy of pharmaceutical innovation, and the role of drug firms as corporate “engines of medicalisation”, but we know relatively little about the part played by diagnostics firms in bringing new technologies into routine clinical practice, or their impact on the creation of new disease categories. The aim of this project is to address this empirical gap and provide a new conceptual framework for understanding the changing dynamics of diagnostic innovation.

Focusing on the development of new cancer screening tests, this project will provide a comparative analysis of industry dynamics, technological trajectories and regulatory developments in France, the UK and the USA over the last 20 years. Building on previous research by the PI and collaborators, the project will test our conceptual model of socio-technical regime change in the diagnostics industry. This model suggests that the emergence of the molecular diagnostics sector is interlinked with three other dynamics: the corporatisation of R&D; the adoption of business models derived from the pharmaceutical industry; and the intensification of regulatory oversight.

These are relatively long-term (4.25 years) research posts with great opportunities for career development at a world-class institution, and the posts are open to individuals with experience of mixed qualitative and quantitative social research methods and an interest in biomedical innovation. The project research team includes collaborators at at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex; the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, King's College London and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.

The closing date for applications is 8 May 2017. Further details here:

Research Assistant (60% FTE, salary range: £25,298-£29,301 pro rata):
Research Associate (100% FTE, salary range: £30,175-£38,183):
More information on the CancerScreen project:

Enquiries can be directed to Dr Stuart Hogarth at