12-month Post-Doctoral Fellowship on "History of Medical Genetics and WHO"
Cermes3 announces a 1-year full-time post-doctoral position (July 2018-August 2019) financed through the European Research Council project "Globhealth, From international to global: Knowledge and diseases and the post-war government of health”. This post-doctoral research centers on the history of the articulation of medical genetics and genomics with the field of global health.
> Deadline for submissions is Feb 5th, 2018
It should focus on the processes, which led to the inscription of genetics on the agenda of the WHO and other international health organizations. Among these processes, the research should investigate the various WHO Human Genetics Committees and the circulations of knowledge, personnel, tools and concepts that grounded their activities and provided for links with national genetics programs in the Middle East, Asia or Latin America. The research will cover the period 1970-2010.
The post-doctoral project falls under the domain “Placing genetics on the world health agenda: the globalization of a medical specialty”, one of four areas investigated in the ERC project Globhealth. The other three projects currently pursued in this area of medical genetics focus on the contemporary dynamics of medical genetics and genomics in Mexico, in Cuba and in the Arabian Peninsula.
The post-doctoral project is to be situated at Cermes3, Villejuif/Paris, but will involve fieldwork in Geneva and most probably in Cairo at the WHO regional office of the Eastern Mediterranean Region. It may also involve conducting interviews with important actors of the field in other sites (Europe and North America).
Research will be pursued in collaboration with Prof. Jean-Paul Gaudillière (historian of science and medicine) and Dr. Claire Beaudevin (medical anthropologist). Funds for fieldwork and participation to international workshops will be provided.
Applicants should hold a PhD in general history, history of science or history of medicine but other disciplines will be considered. Experience in the conduct of oral history as well as a background and interest in genetics will be appreciated. An excellent mastery of written and oral English is required.
Applications should include:
- contact details with phone number;
- updated CV with list of publications;
- letter of motivation;
- a piece of writing that the applicant deems relevant to the project.
Please indicate “Medical Genetics-GLOBHEALTH” in the subject line.
Feb 5th, 2018 - deadline for applications
mid-March 2018 – completion of the selection and interviews
July 2018 - the successful candidate is expected to start employment