Department of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Cambridge

Generation to Reproduction

Starting salary: £27,854-£36,298 p.a.
Limit of tenure: 2 years

The Department seeks to appoint a two-year postdoctoral Research Associate to contribute to a Wellcome Trust strategic award in the history of medicine on the theme ‘Generation to Reproduction’. The successful candidate will carry out independent, full-time research on a topic within this broad theme in a historical period between 1550 and the present day. From this research s/he is expected to produce at least one substantial published article a year. The postholder will be based in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and expected to participate fully in activities under the strategic award, including organizing an academic workshop and contributing to other events and outreach. There will be opportunities to undertake undergraduate and, if appropriate, postgraduate teaching.
The post is available from 1 September 2013 and is supported by a six-month probationary period. The successful candidate will have been awarded a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant field of history of science and/or medicine before taking up the position.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted by email to You are asked to present your documents in the following order, combined into a single word or PDF file. Please include your surname in the file name.

1.) Parts I and III of the application cover sheet (CHRIS/6) Quote Reference: JN26312
2.) cover letter
3.) full cv, including list of publications
4.) A statement about current and proposed research.
5.) two samples of recent work
6.) the names of three referees, who should be asked to send directly to the Administrator references that comment specifically on the candidate's ability to undertake this role. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that these arrive by the closing date. References may be sent by email to
Closing Date: 5pm on 27 March 2013
Shortlisting: 19 April 2013
Interviews: 3 May 2013 in the afternoon (videoconferencing will be available where required)

Further Information

If you have further questions about the position, the application process, or eligibility, please contact the Administrator, Tamara Hug (tel: 01223 334540/fax: 334554, email:
For more information about the strategic award: and the HPS Department:
Terms and Conditions
The post is available from 1 September 2013 for 2 years and is supported by a six-month probationary period. The successful candidate will have been awarded a PhD (or equivalent) before taking up the position. The current pensionable stipends are: £27,854 to £36,298 (Grade 7). The person appointed will be eligible for membership of the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme.

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