Job Openings: Postdoctoral Research Associates in the History of Science, University of Cambridge

with Helen Anne Curry

Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions in the History of Science, University of Cambridge

Applications are invited for two Research Associate positions, each with a fixed-term of 36 months, working on a Wellcome Trust-funded project on the recent histories of food, agriculture, and crop science to start on 1 September 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter). We seek outstanding candidates with expertise in the history of 20th and 21st century science, agriculture, and environment to conduct independent research on the histories of plant introduction or the utilisation of crop collections.

The successful candidates will be based in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) at the University of Cambridge. They will be part of the Wellcome Trust funded project 'From Collection to Cultivation: Historical Perspectives on Crop Diversity and Food Security' directed by Dr Helen Anne Curry. This project explores the history of international agricultural research related to crop diversity from the 1930s onward. It aims to develop a better understanding of how and by whom modern agricultural crops have been made.

Each successful candidate will conduct research on one of the following topics:

• The history of plant introduction (20th/21st centuries). Potential subjects include plant introduction stations, inspection procedures, plant health and quarantine regulations, and international phytosanitary standards, among others.

• The history of utilisation of crop collections (20th/21st centuries). Potential subjects include genebank database management, accession management and evaluation procedures, genomic sequencing of landraces and crop wild relatives, and bio-fortification programmes, among others.

Applicants are advised to consider the aims and methods of the larger project prior to submitting the application materials described in the job advertisement, and are encouraged to contact Dr Curry ([log in to unmask]) with any questions.

The closing date for applications is 15 April 2020.

Eligible candidates must have a PhD in history of science, agricultural history, environmental history, historical geography, or science and technology studies. Knowledge of the history of 20th and 21st agriculture and/or life sciences is essential. Eligible candidates will also have experience in independent archival fieldwork and, more generally, in historical research methods. The successful candidates will be based in Cambridge and expected to attend regular project meetings.

For more details on the position and making an application, please consult the listing on the University of Cambridge job opportunities website:
Sigrid Schmalzer
Professor, History Department
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

Science for the People: Documents from America's Movement of Radical Scientists (University of Massachusetts Press, 2018)

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