Post-doctoral research position

Project Manager (Bristol) on the Life of Breath Jess Farr-Cox writes:

We’re currently advertising for a new post-doc on the Life of Breath project. The successful applicant for this position will pursue a three-year project of research within the medical history research strand of the project. This strand will examine the recent history of COPD. Because COPD’s defining symptom is breathlessness, it provides an important and prevalent standard to focus clinical attention. Historical texts pertaining to breathing problems, including bronchitis and emphysema, texts documenting advances in pathology and medical diagnostic tools, and more recent clinical guidelines for COPD, will be analysed in this postdoctoral research project. Mapping the historical trajectory of the medical understanding of COPD and breathlessness will illuminate, and be illuminated by, literary and cultural history, philosophy, medical anthropology, and medical humanities, which form the other strands of the project (for further information see the appendix of the job description and the project website).

The successful applicant will be expected to work independently at post-doctoral level, and to publish and present work in academic and non-academic contexts. They will be mentored by a multidisciplinary team, consisting of Prof Tim Cole (Bristol, history), Prof Gareth Williams (Bristol, medicine and medical history), and Prof Havi Carel (Bristol, phenomenology of breathlessness and project PI). 

Applicants should have (or be very near completion of) a PhD in medical history, and should have research experience in the field. For person specification and further details about the post please read the full job description.

Applicants should supply: an academic CV (including a publication list); a writing sample of up to 8,000 words; the names and contact details of two academic referees and a 2,000-3,000 personal statement, describing how you would approach the research project outlined above and how you would make a valuable contribution to the Life of Breath project more broadly.

The closing date for applications is March 30th and we hope to interview short-listed candidates at the end of April. The start date for this post is flexible.

Jess is the Bristol project manager for Life of Breath. She is also a freelance proof-reader, copy-editor, indexer, teacher and writer.


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