Research Fellow - University of Edinburgh - Centre for Population Health Sciences

We are seeking to appoint a sociologist or science and technology studies (STS) scholar as part of a prestigious two-year Leverhulme Trust  project on 'Neuroscience and Family Life: The Brain in Policy and Everyday Practice' (PI: Dr Martyn Pickersgill; Co-I's: Professors Sarah Cunningham-Burley and Ian Deary). The research will explore how neuroscience is being used in policy debates and services, and how these are regarded by the individuals and families they target. The project spans STS, medical and family sociology, and social policy. You will have PhD in a relevant social science discipline, with demonstrable experience of qualitative research methods, in a health or science related area. You will also have an appreciation of the issues relating to neuroscience and society from either an STS or medical sociological perspective.

The appointee will be well-organised, have excellent communication skills, a high level of accuracy in all aspects of work and the ability to contribute to a multidisciplinary project with insight and enthusiasm. 

The appointee will be based in the Centre for Population Health Sciences at The University of Edinburgh.

£30,424 - £36,298 per annum, pro rata for 28 hours per week 

This post is available part-time (28 hours/4 days per week) for 24 months. The intended start date is 1 November 2013. Upon appointment, there is the possibility of additional hours up to or including full-time. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Martyn Pickersgill (telephone 0131 650 3202, email

Closing Date: 13th September 2013

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in

Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
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