Research associate positions in the social study of reproduction in the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge.



History of reproduction is among the possible fields of expertise and, as Sarah Franklin writes, “The work will be linked to the work of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproductive Forum (CIRF) and the Wellcome Trust funded ‘Generation to Reproduction’ initiative based in HPS. The new reproductive studies programme is also linked to the work I have been doing on the history of mammalian developmental biology in the UK with Martin Johnson (who is in the biological sciences) and Nick Hopwood (in HPS). We have a new British Academy funded project on the history of IVF that is part of this initiative, as well as other applications in progress.”



The Department of Sociology is seeking to appoint two suitably qualified individuals as Research Associates in the area of the social study of reproduction. The posts are for two years in the first instance with the possibility of extension.


Applications are invited from individuals who have expertise in the social study of reproduction, reproductive technologies, the history of reproduction, reproductive health, or reproductive biomedicine. Applicants must have received a PhD in Sociology, Social Anthropology or a related discipline by 1 October 2012.


We are seeking to appoint individuals who can contribute to a new research concentration in reproductive studies. Potential applicants are invited who have expertise in the social study of reproduction, reproductive technologies, the history of reproduction, reproductive health, or reproduction or reproduction in social theory.


In addition to pursuing their own research, the persons appointed will be expected to work closely with Professor Sarah Franklin in the development of a reproductive studies programme in the Department of Sociology at Cambridge. This will require a percentage of time (approx 30%) to be devoted to teaching and research administration as well as the effort to secure additional external funds.


Applications should be sent to Dr Gerald McLaren ([email protected]), Faculty of Human, Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, Free School Lane, Cambridge, CB2 3RQ to reach him by Tuesday 3 July 2012.


Applications should include a personal statement, a curriculum vitae and a signed and completed copy of Parts 1 and 3 of the CHRIS/6 form which may be downloaded from Applicants should also arrange for two referees to send references directly to Dr McLaren on their behalf by the same date, enclosing a completed data protection form


The University is committed to equality of opportunity.


Further information about the Department and the Faculty can be found at and For further information about the job please go to the job opportunities link at Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Sarah Franklin at [email protected] or telephone +44 (0)1223 334520 .


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* Limit of tenure: 24 months.


Quote Reference: ZZ17281,Closing Date: 3 July 2012