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Fellow in the History of Medicine

Requisition # 29473 Apply Now

The Program in the History of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center seeks an outstanding candidate for a two-year fellow in the history of medicine to start July 1st, 2018. The appointee will be proposed for an academic title of Instructor on Biomedical Sciences. This is expected to be a joint venture with the History Department at the University of California Los Angeles. Applications from individuals who study questions relevant to the history of medicine in the modern period are welcome, with preference for deeply researched projects that address why this field matters today. (The PhD must be in hand before the fellowship’s start date.) The appointee, with the expectation of a concurrent appointment as Visiting Faculty in UCLA’s Department of History, will enjoy substantial time to pursue research, and will have teaching assignments in both institutions.

The Program in the History of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a new research unit within the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Division of Graduate Research Education. The Medical Center, in the heart of Los Angeles, is one of the nation’s leading non-profit medical institutions. It is a teaching hospital of UCLA and has a large academic enterprise with substantial extramural funding.

The Cedars-Sinai’s Program in the History of Medicine explores the body and its cultural contexts from the early modern period to the present. Researchers cover a wide range of sub-disciplines and seek to educate the medical community about the shapes that medicine and science have taken across the centuries. Our inquiry is bound by a commitment to rigor and experiment, and an ecumenical embrace of methods, disciplines, and evidence. Through original research and educational programming, we seek to understand the knowledge of the past with reference to the knowledge we generate today.

The Program is cooperating with the history of science and medicine field in the Department of History at UCLA to identify and develop research and pedagogical initiatives in the history of medicine. Upon successful appointment as visiting faculty, the researcher will have academic privileges at UCLA.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Candidates are requested to address the following materials to Dr. Leon Fine, Director of the Cedars-Sinai Program in the History of Medicine and to upload the following documents with their application:

- a cover letter
- curriculum vitae
- a research proposal, with an explanation of how the current project (or projects) enrich the purpose of the history and/or philosophy of medicine now (1500 words maximum)
- one writing sample (i.e. a dissertation chapter, an article, or a book chapter)
- the names and email addresses of three referees who have agreed to write on the candidate’s behalf

Deadline for submission: March 15, 2018.

We will contact select candidates for preliminary Skype interviews by March 30, 2018.

To learn more about the Program in the History of Medicine, please visit our website at:

Summary of Essential Job Duties:
The Fellow in the Program in the History of Medicine works independently and in cooperation with the Program Director to make significant and creative contributions to research and scholarship in any academic area of the history of medicine and science. The Fellow may be an ongoing member of a research team or may work independently for a limited period to contribute high-level expertise and experience to a specific research or creative program. The Fellow develops an independent research reputation and will have teaching responsibilities as determined by the Program director. In addition, the Fellow will contribute to the administration of day-to-day program operations under the supervision of a member of the Professorial Structure.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- May assist in preparation of grant proposals, submissions, publications and presentations but is not responsible for generating grant funds.
- May serve as PI for certain grants as approved by supervising member of the Professorial Series.
- May participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author.
- May develop, adapt and implement new research techniques and protocols.
- Analyzes, interprets, summarizes and compiles quantitative and qualitative research.
- May lead or train Staff Research Associates and Postdoctoral Researchers.

Qualification Requirements/Preferences:
Education Certifications/Licensure Experience Physical Abilities Educational Requirements: PhD or highest degree in their field

License/Certification/Registration Requirements: N/A

Completion of PhD in area of specialization, as applicable. Knowledge of PI’s area of research specialization. Demonstrated technical competency in a variety of research techniques and protocols.

- Demonstrated significant, original, and creative potential to conduct a research or creative program or project. Knowledge of the history of modern medicine, with preference for research interest in the visual cultures of medicine, a research focus of the Program.
- Demonstrated competency in a variety of research strategies, methods, techniques, and protocols.
- Introductory level teaching experience at the collegiate level.

Physical Demands: (e.g., lifting, standing, walking)
Physical abilities necessary to perform job.
  • Working Title: Fellow in the History of Medicine
  • Business Entity: CSMC - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Cost Center # - Cost Center Name: 0801097 - The PhD Program
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Research/Research Admin
  • Job Specialty: Research
  • Position Type: Regular-F/T
  • Shift Length: 8hr
  • Hours: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Days: Monday - Friday
  • Shift Type: Day
  • Weekends: As Needed
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