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College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Sociology, Philosophy & Anthropology
The College wishes to recruit a Research Fellow to work with Dr Sabina Leonelli on her project 'The Epistemology of Data-Intensive Science' (DATA SCIENCE). This ERC funded post is available from 1 October 2014 until 31 March 2018. The successful applicant will investigate how the use of online databases is affecting research practices and outcomes in biomedicine. This study will be carried out in collaboration with scholars conducting similar research on other fields, so as to facilitate comparison across different sciences. The overarching aims of the project, to which the applicant will be expected to contribute, are (1) to clarify how research practices are changing as a result of the dissemination of data via online databases; and (2) to examine how this affects current understandings of scientific epistemology within the philosophy of science and beyond. More details can be found on the website www.datastudies.eu.
The post will focus on developing high-level research concerning particularly objective (1) above. To this aim, the successful applicant will carry out an ethnographic study of data handling across several contexts in biomedicine (ranging from data curation in databases to data production and data re-use across a variety of different locations). This will involve travelling as required to conduct this research and being able to analyse the resulting data for the purposes of publication in high-ranked international journals. The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, activities and proposals in line with the general framework of the project; carry out interviews and ethnographic research as required; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds, if needed; and present findings at conferences and other events.
The successful applicant will have a PhD or equivalent in a related field of study, be a nationally recognised authority in the philosophy, history and/or social studies of biomedicine and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The ability to conduct ethnographic research is desirable but not essential, as long as the applicant is willing to be trained as required to conduct this type of research. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively and supervise the work of others as required.
For further information please contact Dr Leonelli, e-mail S.Leonelli@exeter.ac.uk.
To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.
Interviews are expected to take place on Tuesday 27th May 2014.
The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION:
Please send your CV, covering letter and the details of three referees, along with a completed application and equal opportunities form to Hanan Price, H.Price@exeter.ac.uk quoting the reference number P46307 in any correspondence.
To download the application and equal opportunities form please follow the below links;
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