Postdoc. Position in Biomedicine and Society (Scotland) Deadline: Feb.7, 2019

The University of Edinburgh 

Application Deadline

Feb.07, 2019

Program Commencement

At the earliest

Duration of the Program

2 Years

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Program Details

The University of Edinburgh is one of Scotland’s ancient universities. The Center for Biomedicine, Self and Society is a multidisciplinary research center that builds on the University of Edinburgh’s unique history of leadership in social studies of science and medicine to scrutinize the complex social, cultural and technological landscape that characterizes contemporary biomedicine and health care.

Bringing together established and emerging research leaders from across the University, the Center aims to address the pressing problems currently facing biomedicine and society, and to effect lasting change in approaches to, developments from, and perspectives on global biomedical research. To that end, our work combines novel, integrative social science and humanities research with innovative approaches to collaboration, stakeholder and public engagement. 

The Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The successful applicant will work closely with colleagues in the Center to design and deliver a qualitative research project concerned with changing understandings of disease in biomedicine and society, and the shifting boundaries between pathology and normality (e.g. in neuroscience and ageing; genetics and cognition, etc.). The successful applicant will also contribute to the development of the Center’s knowledge exchange strategy and to its program of ‘responsive mode’ research following key policy, scientific, or public health shifts. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a group of established and emerging leaders in medical social science and humanities, and to help shape a program of cutting-edge interdisciplinary research into the role and direction of biomedicine in modern society.

The selected fellow will join the team to (a) develop and undertake a (likely Edinburgh-based) qualitative research project (co-developed with Dr Martyn Pickersgill and Professor Steve Sturdy) concerned with changing understandings of disease in biomedicine and society, and the shifting boundaries between pathology and normality (e.g. in neuroscience and ageing; genetics and cognition, etc.); and (b) contribute more generally to the scholarly and engagement activities of the Center for Biomedicine, Self and Society. S/he will be required to work to tight deadlines and be extremely organised in conducting this work to a tight timetable. The job holder will manage their work on a day-to-day basis, guided by the overall research plan and time-table and under the supervision of Dr Pickersgill and Professor Sturdy. They will work closely with whole Centre team to ensure that its broad, strategic aims are being met.

More information, here.

Eligibility/ Requirements

The Center is seeking applicants with a strong background in a relevant social science subject (e.g. science and technology studies, sociology, empirical bioethics etc.), including experience of conducting in-depth qualitative research and data analysis.

Essential:

  • Experience of conducting in-depth qualitative research and data analysis at least at postgraduate level 
  • Knowledge and experience of undertaking research in the sociology of biomedicine or similar area.  
  • Experience of qualitative computer software packages.
  • Ability to work independently under appropriate supervision. 
  • Excellent project management and organisational skills. 
  • Excellent personal, written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • A flexible approach to working

Desirable:

  • Postdoctoral qualitative research experience 
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in highly regarded academic journals 
  • Familiarity with and expertise in knowledge exchange and public engagement 
  • Experience and/or willingness to engage with biomedical colleagues

Application Process

Please find the application procedure and links to apply here. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments. The vacancy reference no. is 046498.

Please note that the closing time is  5pm, 07 February 2019. If you have queries, write to martyn.pickersgill@ed.ac.uk.

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