Fellowships: Harvard University Post-Doctoral Fellow in the History of Epidemiology

Title Post-Doctoral Fellow in the History of Epidemiology
School Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Department/Area Epidemiology (HSPH) and History of Science (FAS)
Position Description The Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University (FAS) invite applications from candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship in the History of Epidemiology.

The successful candidate will contribute to the study of the history of epidemiology, with a particular focus on the development of epidemiology and clinical epidemiology at Harvard University. Working under the guidance of Professor Albert Hofman (HSPH) and Professor David Jones (HMS/FAS) as well as other faculty from both departments at HSPH and FAS, the fellow will analyze the history of clinical epidemiology, with a goal of producing a monograph and/or other scholarly publications. The successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in research, writing, and possibly teaching.

Basic Qualifications Candidates should hold a PhD in history of science, or science studies, though PhD level epidemiologists with a strong historical background will also be considered. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated excellence in research in the field of history of science, of science studies, or of the history of epidemiology.
Contact Information To apply, please send a CV, cover letter, contact information for three references and a writing sample to Coppelia Liebenthal at cliebent@hsph.harvard.edu. Applications will be considered as of 2/1/17. Informal queries are welcome.
Contact Email cliebent@hsph.harvard.edu
Equal Opportunity Employer We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Minimum Number of References Required 3

Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter

Fellowships: Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Ethics of Genomics and Infectious Disease

The Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics and Institute of the History of Medicine invite applications for a joint two-year postdoctoral fellow position starting in September 2017. The fellow will be part of and is funded by the JHU Center for Bridging Infectious Disease, Genomics, and Society (BRIDGES), a National Institutes of Health Center for Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research. In addition, the fellow will be part of the Hecht-Levi Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Bioethics, whose main goal is to launch the careers of the next generation of bioethics scholars, in this case, one with disciplinary expertise in history.

Under the mentorship of history of medicine faculty Nathaniel Comfort and Graham Mooney, and working with other BRIDGES collaborators, the fellow will help build a historical perspective into the anticipation and examination of current and future ELSI issues at the intersection of infectious disease and genomics.

We invite applicants working on or interested in pursuing a variety of historical topics where infectious disease and genomics intersect, but are particularly interested in one or more of the following areas:

  • Hereditary resistance or susceptibility to infectious disease
  • Immunity, risk and surveillance
  • Infectious agents with genetic effects, such as viruses or prions
  • Precision medicine/precision public health
  • Metaphor and the evolution of scientific terminology related to infectious disease and genomics
  • Domestic and international laws and policies

The fellow will have the opportunity to pursue independent and collaborative work. In addition to pursuing an individual project, the fellow will be expected to help co-author articles for historical and bioethical audiences, conduct systematic reviews of relevant literatures, identify and research relevant archives, and gather oral histories with key stakeholders. The fellow will also help to organize a workshop on the history, policy, and ethics of genomics and infectious disease.

The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of infectious disease and/or genomics, experience with archival research and oral history interviewing, strong interest in bioethics, and openness to working in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.

Benefits of the Hecht-Levi Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Bioethics include:

  • Weekly seminars, presentations and discussions with leading academic and policy makers;
  • Individualized research program;
  • Bioethics coursework through the Berman Institute’s Master of Bioethics program;
  • Post‐doctoral mentoring in bioethics;
  • Professional development training;
  • Participation in the Berman Institutes outreach efforts via social media;
  • Teaching opportunities (commensurate with experience and background);
  • A modest discretionary fund for travel to relevant conferences
  • $55,000 per year, plus health and other benefits

Please email a cover letter, CV, three letters of reference, copy of graduate transcript, a writing sample, and a personal statement proposing plans for research and demonstrating fit for the position to:

Angie Boyce (aboyce@jhu.edu).
Use subject line “BRIDGES Hecht-Levi application.”

Inquiries may be directed to Profs. Comfort (nccomfort@gmail.com) and Mooney (gmooney3@jhmi.edu).

Application review will begin on January 16, 2017. The Johns Hopkins University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Fellowships: Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than three dozen research fellowships for the academic year 2017-2018, including two MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $4,200 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months. The Society adds a monthly supplement, payable directly to the MHS-NEH Fellow, of $562.50.

MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the Society’s collections. The Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences for at least four weeks at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000. The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of twenty-two organizations. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for a total of eight or more weeks of research conducted at three or more participating institutions.

For more information, please visit www.masshist.org/research/fellowships, email fellowships@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0568.  MHS-NEH application deadline: January 15, 2017. New England Regional Fellowship Consortium deadline: February 1, 2017. Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship deadline: February 15, 2017. MHS Short-term Fellowship deadline: March 1, 2017.

Fellowships: The Dr. Margaret Allemang Scholarship for the History of Nursing

The Dr. Margaret Allemang Scholarship for the History of Nursing

The Canadian Association for the History of Nursing (CAHN-ACHN) invites applications for the Margaret M. Allemang Scholarship for graduate students (Masters or PhD level) studying in the field of nursing history. Preference will be given to candidates studying Canadian nursing history. Students must be enrolled at a recognized centre for the study of the history of nursing in Canada or the United States, or in a university department of history or women’s studies, or with a recognized Canadian nurse historian. Application forms are available online at http://cahn-achn.ca/awards/, and must be accompanied by proof of current enrollment and 5-7 page proposal outlining the study to be completed. Applications must be submitted electronically by February 1, 2017. Questions and completed applications can be sent to Dr. Kristin Burnett, Lakehead University at kburnett@lakeheadu.ca

Fellowships: University of Alabama at Birmingham Reynolds Fellowship

The Reynolds-Finley Associates, in conjunction with the Historical Collections (HC) unit of UAB Libraries, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), are pleased to announce the availability of short-term awards of up to $2,500 to individual researchers studying one or more aspects of the history of the health sciences during the 2017 calendar year. Intended to support research using the HC unit as a historical resource, the fellowship requires the on-site use of at least one of the unit’s three components, which are the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, Reynolds-Finley Historical Library and UAB Archives. All application materials must be submitted by January 31, 2017 to receive consideration. For details go to: http://www.uab.edu/reynolds/fellow.

Fellowships: Francis A. Countway Library Fellowships in the History of Medicine 2017-2018

The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine offers annual fellowships to support research and scholarship in the history of medicine.  The Countway Library is the largest academic medical library in the United States, and its Center for the History of Medicine holds 250,000 books and journals published before 1920 and is strong in virtually every medical discipline.  The Countway’s archives and manuscripts include the personal and professional papers of prominent American physicians, many of whom were associated with Harvard Medical School.  The printed, manuscript, and archival holdings are complemented by prints, photographs, and the collections of the Warren Anatomical Museum.

The Francis A. Countway Library Fellowships in the History of Medicine provide stipends of up to $5,000 to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018.  Besides conducting research, the fellow will submit a report on the results of his/her residency and may be asked to present a seminar or lecture at the Countway Library.  The fellowship proposal should demonstrate that the Countway Library has resources central to the research topic. Preference will be given to applicants who live beyond commuting distance of the Countway.  The application, outlining the proposed project (proposal should not exceed five singled-spaced pages), length of residence, materials to be consulted, and a budget with specific information on travel, lodging, and research expenses, should be submitted, along with a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation, by February 15, 2017.

Applications should be sent to: Countway Fellowships, Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115.  Electronic submissions of applications and supporting materials may be sent to: chm@hms.harvard.edu.

Awards will be announced in April 2017.

The Boston Medical Library’s Abel Lawrence Peirson Fund provides support for the fellowship program.

Fellowships: Jacques Loeb Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences

The Jacques Loeb Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences is offering research fellowships for two projects starting in the 2017-18 academic year. The fellowships are for PhD and post-doctoral students as well as visiting research students and scholars:
  • The first project examines the intellectual history of modern structural and informational biology and the philosophies behind the researchers’ work.
  • The second project explores the role of basic research in Germany starting in the 19th century, its further development by German-Jewish refugees in the US and subsequent work on molecular embryology and medical applications in the US and Israel.
Researchers for both projects must have expertise in philosophy, biology, and/or the history of science.
For further details, please visit: http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/loeb/Pages/Research-Opportunities.aspx  The deadline for applications is 27 April, 2017.