Two Research Associates: Limits of the Numerical - VM05444

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:

  • A good first degree and a PhD in a relevant field of research
  • Familiarity with current digital humanities research and technology (e.g. databases) is desirable
  • Familiarity with image research, academic blogs and podcasts is desirable
  • Experience in presenting research findings to both scholarly and non-scholarly audiences
  • Experience of ability to organise and participate in in collaborative research initiatives/projects

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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.)

  • Curriculum vitae, uploaded as a PDF file.
  • In the field DESCRIPTION: A Proposal for research carried out under the Cambridge strand of the project of no more than 2000 words that provides a detailed explanation of how your existing research profile relates to our project and a plan of how you will develop your future research in relation to our project.
  • A Sample of Writing, uploaded as a PDF in the field indicated, of no more than 10,000 words.  This should be the work that best indicates the candidate's suitability for this project. The writing sample may be published work, a chapter from the applicant’s thesis, or an unpublished essay/article.
  • Completed form CHRIS 6, Parts 1 & 3 only, uploaded as a PDF in the Additional Material field.
  • The names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with applicant's work, and who must submit confidential academic references via the online system by the closing date. It is the candidates’ responsibility to ensure that letters of reference are received by the deadline.

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 (aa686@cam.ac.uk) or Stephen John (sdj22@cam.ac.uk). Information about the application process may be directed to jobs@crassh.cam.ac.uk.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 August 2018 in the first instance.

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