Following the award of a UK Research Innovation Future Leader Fellowship to Dr Fay Bound Alberti for the project entitled ‘About face: The affective and cultural history of transplants', the Department of History seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to contribute to the project. The post is full-time and available from 1 September 2019 for two years until 31 August 2021.
The project will explore the social, ethical and emotional history of face transplants in the context of the wider histories of facial 'disfigurement', reconstruction and transplantation. It will consider the historical emergence of facial transplantation surgery and its emotional meanings for those affected by it, as well as its portrayal in policy debates, works of fiction and media coverage.
Working with other members of the project team, the Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) will play a significant role conducting research and collecting data for the project, including carrying out structured, semi-structured and narrative interviews with surgical teams, face transplant patients and their families. The role holder is also expected to contribute to the development and design of the research, as well as the analysis of the research data and the writing up of work for presentation, publication and dissemination via journals and conferences, including presenting recommendations for policy and clinical practice to health professionals.
You should be qualified to PhD level in a subject relevant to the project, such as History, Sociology, Anthropology or Social Psychology, with prior experience of data collection and analysis in a similar area of research. Experience of a wide range of social science methodologies and interviewing techniques are essential, as are excellent interpersonal skills. You should have competent writing skills to write up the research for publication, and excellent presentation skills to communicate research findings to the academic community, health practitioners and others. A collaborative ethos and excellent organisation are key requirements of this post, along with an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research.
The post holder will be based on the University of York’s Campus West, but the data collection will be carried out across the UK and overseas so candidates should be willing to travel frequently during the period of data collection.
The appointment will be conditional on a successful Disclosure and Barring Service check.
The starting salary will be £32,236 a year on grade 6 of the University’s salary scales.
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