CRASSH is seeking to appoint two post doctoral Research Associates to join the Cambridge strand of the three-year project Limits of the Numerical. The positions will be held for 3 years from 1 September 2015.
Limits of the Numerical, a collaboration between Cambridge, Chicago and University of California, Santa Barbara, explores one of the most pressing sets of questions for modern social science and its relation to policy. What is the effect of the pervasive introduction of numerically-based quantification into all aspects of social evaluation? When does the use of numbers work against the very values they are introduced to support, promote or capture? How do numbers as a system of evaluation clash with social values which cannot be so quantified? Its intellectual scope covers three main strands of social policy: education (California), climate change (Chicago), healthcare (Cambridge).
The Cambridge project, funded by the ISRF and led by Dr Anna Alexandrova and Dr Stephen John from the department of History and Philosophy of Science, examines the meaning and consequences of quantifications and rankings in health and healthcare, for example the use of QALYs for evaluation and allocation decisions.
Applications are invited from researchers in the following fields: history and sociology of medicine, philosophy of medicine, history and sociology of social science and psychology, philosophy of social and psychological sciences , moral and political philosophy. Researchers with related distinct projects are also encouraged to apply.
The RAs will conduct research, working closely with the project leaders. They will write research papers and manuscripts on the topic of the project; participate in weekly meetings/seminar; organize conferences and participate fully in the project’s output including public engagement activities and international workshops.
Applicants must possess:
How to apply
To access the online application, register on the right. Applications should include the following: (Please note that If you send any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.)
The deadline is 12pm noon GMT on Tuesday 31 March 2015. Interviews are planned for Friday 8 May 2015.
Shortlisted candidates invited for interview will be informed by 27 April 2015. We regret that we will only contact shortlisted candidates. Informal enquiries may be directed to the project leaders Drs Anna Alexandrova (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Stephen John (email@example.com). Information about the application process may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 August 2018 in the first instance.