3 Postdoctoral fellow positions @ Centre for Biomed, Self and Society, University of Edinburgh

We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society (https://www.ed.ac.uk/usher/biomedicine-self-society), University of Edinburgh, is looking to employ three interdisciplinary postdoctoral research fellows to undertake a two-year research project and to contribute to the Centre’s scholarly and engagement activities. 

The post-holders will develop an interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with two of the Centre’s Chancellor’s Fellows: Cath Montgomery, Ingrid Young, Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra, Lukas Engelmann, Nayha Sethi.  https://media.ed.ac.uk/media/CBSS%20post-doc%20cohort%202022/1_xmzcgjxl


Projects will engage with one or more of the following topics:
•    Data and health
•    Regulation and governance of biomedicine
•    Sex, sexuality, gender, reproductive health and justice
•    Novel approaches to global health 
•    Race and racism in health and biomedicine
•    The past and present of social medicine


The three posts will complement and develop our interdisciplinary work and we expect to appoint candidates who propose a project along the following lines:


Post 1: a project that engages in bioethics and/or moral philosophy 

Areas of research: bioethics and/or philosophy. Applicants are welcome to engage with feminist and/or global justice approaches in moral and political philosophy/bioethics; specific areas of expertise might include, for example, structural/epistemic injustice, intersectionality, race, gender, sexuality, global health and social inequalities. 


Post 2: a project that engages in socio-legal scholarship 

Areas of research: socio-legal studies, law, science and technology studies (STS). Specific areas of interest might include regulatory aspects of biomedical treatment, research and innovation, medical experimentation, data ethics and ethics of artificial intelligence in biomedicine. 


Post 3: a project that engages in social science and/or history 

Areas of research: sociology, anthropology, science and technology studies (STS) or recent history. Specific areas of interest might include novel approaches to global health, epidemics and epidemiology, critical public health and the past and present of social medicine.



Key criteria for the role include: 

  • PhD in a relevant subject (e.g. moral or political philosophy/ bioethics, law, sociology, anthropology or other relevant field), or near completion. 
  • Demonstrable experience of applying at least one of the following approaches to research: socio-legal, STS, medical sociology, feminist moral or political philosophy/feminist bioethics, critical race theory, queer studies, disability studies, anti-colonial/decolonial approaches 
    Knowledge and experience of undertaking research in the relevant methodology/ies in your field(s)
  • Experience of or willingness to engage in interdisciplinary academic activities
  • Experience and/or willingness to engage with biomedical, clinical and/or other health practitioner colleagues
  • Ability to work independently under appropriate supervision


This is an exciting opportunity to work with a group of established and emerging leaders in health-related social science and humanities, and to help shape a programme of cutting-edge interdisciplinary research into the role and direction of biomedicine, health and health care today. We are committed to supporting candidates in their own career development. 

Please include your CV and a supporting statement. As well as detailing how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience required for this post. Please note that the supporting statement should also include a one-page outline of your proposed research project. The deadline for application is 12 January 2022.


For more information, please see the job advertisement here –https://elxw.fa.em3.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_1001/job/2775


Please note, the post-holder will need to take up this position by 1st April 2022 at the very latest. Funding for these posts is available until the end of March 2024. 


Informal enquiries may be directed to Liz Anderson-Whymark, Centre Administrator (liz.anderson-whymark@ed.ac.uk) in the first instance.


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