Research Fellow Ref: 1732

School/department: School of Law, Politics and Sociology
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
ContractFixed term between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020.
Reference: 1732 
Salary: Starting at £33,199 and rising to £39,609 per annum
Placed on: 23 July 2019
Closing date: 23 August 2019. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 29 August 2019
Expected start date: 1 October 2019

Job description

We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow to work with Dr Catherine Will on a new Wellcome Trust funded project on ‘Marginalisation and the microbe: how to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) without increasing health inequalities.’

The project will explore past, present and evolving responses to infections in sexual and reproductive health, with a critical focus on the experiences of people at risk of marginalisation due to gender, ethnicity, sexuality or class. We will generate new understanding of inequalities, in risks of infectious disease and different access to care, and how they are made, acknowledged and sometimes ignored in science and policy. You will be able to make a substantial contribution to understanding of this important area, and to discussion of AMR in policy and medical education.

The main responsibility of the research fellow will be carrying out documentary and interview-based research on the policy and governance of issues relating to AMR in women’s health, especially those emerging around urinary tract infections. We plan to explore the ethical and political stakes of different approaches to diagnosis and treatment using historical and geographical comparisons.

You will help prepare for and complete research in multiple locations (including time away from Brighton), and will work closely with the investigator to develop your research and other skills, engaging in collaborative discussion and analysis of data. We are particularly seeking applicants with a PhD in a relevant social science (e.g. sociology, anthropology or Science and Technology Studies) and a background in research relating to health experiences and healthcare.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Catherine Will,

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