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Monday, July 06, 2009

TweetThis! Research Assistant in Modern Social and Medical History, University of Cambridge

Department of History and Philosophy of Science
£23,449 - £27,183

Limit of tenure applies*
We seek to appoint a one-year* research assistant to work with Dr Simon Szreter in his investigation of the history of venereal diseases in Britain in relation to the fertility decline, 1860-1940. The post's primary activity will involve working in libraries and online, reading through a large amount of material published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and compiling short reports on these texts to form a systematic select annotated bibliography. Most of the texts will be medical, social science and official publications. The successful candidate will also provide some assistance to Dr Szreter in related research activities. The post would suit a graduate in history or a related humanities or social science discipline with a good first degree, master's or doctorate, who has excellent independent researching and writing skills and an interest in modern social, medical and/or demographic history. The appointed person will have the opportunity to develop their own research through an assisted application for a follow-on project.

This project is a part of a 5-year Wellcome strategic award in the history of medicine on the theme 'Generation to Reproduction', which will run from 1 October 2009. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Szreter, Reader in History and Public Policy in the Faculty of History, and be based in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

Candidates should have:
- Achieved a B.A. (with at least a 2.i) and/or a higher degree in History or another relevant discipline;
- excellent independent researching skills;
- excellent written and spoken English.

The application should be submitted in hard copy only and consist of:
- An up-to-date CV.
- A short sample of written work (for instance, a course essay).
- The names of two referees, who should be asked to send references to the Administrator directly; references may be emailed to her at generate@hermes.cam.ac.uk. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that these arrive by the closing date. Referees should be asked to comment specifically on the candidate's ability to undertake this role.
- A 200-word personal statement of your reason for applying and interest in the project.
- The University's coversheet for employment, form PD18 [http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/personnel/forms/pd18/].

Applications should be sent to the Administrator, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH.

* Limit of tenure: 12 months

Closing date: 24 July 2009. Interview date: 1 September 2009.

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