An AHRC-funded collaborative PhD studentship is available from 1 January 2009 at the Division of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds and the Thackray (Medical) Museum, Leeds.

This studentship (now being re-advertised) is for a project on nineteenth-century midwifery instruments, applicants being encouraged to contribute to the definition of the topic. The Thackray Museum holds some of the largest medical collections in the UK, including both midwifery forceps and contraceptive devices.

The studentship is one of three collaborations between the Leeds HPS Division and the Thackray Museum, the other two AHRC-funded projects being on medical trade catalogues and on anthrax (woolsorters’ disease). In addition, the Division is collaborating with the Leeds City Museum on a further project, which started in October 2007, concerning the history of the Museum’s scientific collections. Thus the successful candidate will be part of a group working on 19th-century topics connected with museums and material culture.

The project’s supervisors will be Adrian Wilson and Graeme Gooday (Leeds HPS) and Joanne Stewardson (Thackray), in association with other Thackray Museum staff. The student is expected to create an exhibit of the Museum’s relevant holdings, bringing out the findings of the research, and also to contribute to local, national and international meetings.

Applicants must be either UK residents (full studentship) or EU nationals (fees only). They should normally have, or expect soon to be awarded, a Masters degree in a relevant discipline (history of science, technology and/or medicine; museum studies; history). The studentship supports three years’ full-time work, but can be taken up on either a full-time or a part-time basis (over five years).

Standard tuition fees and maintenance grants will be paid by the AHRC to the nominated student. In the 2008/2009 academic year full-time awards will provide a maintenance grant payment of £12,940. The student will also receive additional maintenance contributions of £500 per year from the AHRC and £1000 per year from the Thackray Museum. Up to £200 per year for travel and related workplace expenses will also be available. (Part-time awards provide a maintenance grant up to a maximum of 60% of a full-time award and half the full-time rate of tuition fees.)

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 October 2008. Interviews will take place between 17 and 28 November. It is hoped that the award can be taken up on 1 January 2009, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Adrian Wilson [[email protected]] or Graeme Gooday [G.J.N. [ mailto:[email protected] ][email protected]]. Application forms and further details are available from Jenneke Stevens [[email protected]], Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, tel: 0113 343 3263.

Graeme Gooday, Professor of the History of Science and Technology & National Teaching Fellow Department of Philosophy Woodhouse Lane University of Leeds LEEDS LS2 9JT United Kingdom E-mail: [ mailto:[email protected] ][email protected] Phone: 0113 343 3274 FAX: 0113 343 3265