University of York, Department of Sociology


Start date: October 2005

Applications are invited for a three-year studentship to enable a well-qualified graduate with experience of the sociology and history of science to undertake research on the public presentation and communication of the biological and behavioural sciences. The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Amanda Rees. Candidates should have a demonstrable interest and (preferably) previous training/expertise in either the sociology or the history of science, either at undergraduate or at Masters’ levels, and an interest in applying these approaches to the study of popular science and the public understanding of science. Research studentships comprise a tuition fee waiver (at the home/EU rate) and an annual maintenance grant that is expected to be at the standard research council rate (£10, 500 p.a. in 2004/5). The successful applicant will be required to undertake 66 hours of teaching each year in the Sociology Department. No previous experience in teaching is necessary: appropriate training will be provided. Applications should be received by 31st May 2005. Application forms can be obtained from the University (telephone 01904 434034 or fax 01904 432092 or e-mail [email protected]).

FURTHER PARTICULARS: DETAILS OF THE POSITION: The Research Studentship is open to applicants who are about to complete, or who have completed, an undergraduate degree or Master’s degree, in Sociology, History, or in related disciplines. The student will be registered as a postgraduate student of the Department of Sociology. The studentship will involve a waiver of the normal tuition fees (at the home/EU rate) together with an annual maintenance grant which is expected to be at the standard research council rate (currently £10, 500) towards living expenses and will be payable over three years. The University of York is one of Britain’s most successful universities, is in the premier league for teaching and is located in one of the UK’s prime tourist destinations.

Eligibility: Applicants should have taken courses involving the sociology and history of science, and ideally would also have received training in research methodology. If the successful candidate does not have previous training in certain relevant areas, that training will, however, be offered here. It is NOT necessary to have a clearly defined project at this stage in order to apply for this studentship. The supervisor would be happy to assist a successful candidate in formulating a suitable project. Informal inquiries about the suitability of potential applicants’ ideas at this stage may also be discussed with Dr Amanda Rees.

When applying for a studentship, using the university’s standard form which is available on or by mail from Graduate Schools Office, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, Tel. (01904 434034). An outline of the proposed project/topic of research may be given in the appropriate space. If the applicant does not have a specific project or topic in mind, they may outline in that space their interests, background and relevant expertise in the history and sociology of science.

ALL applications should be supported by an example of the candidate’s written work (in English, or translated into English; hard copy only): preferably, a project or essay (whether u/g or Master’s) which demonstrates how the candidate’s own substantive or methodological interests overlap with the research area supported by the studentship.

Terms of the Studentship: The studentship will involve a waiver of normal tuition fees at the home/EU rate. Students from outside the UK/EU are welcome to apply: however, a successful applicant from outside the EU would have to cover the different between the home and overseas registration fees. In return for this, the student will be expected to undertake 66 hours of teaching (in the Department of Sociology) each year. Training in undergraduate teaching will be provided prior to the commencement of the start of the academic year 2005/6. Research studentships are awarded for up to three years of full-time study and are subject to satisfactory academic progress and satisfactory performance of teaching duties.

The sociology of science and the environment is one of the department’s four key research foci in our RAE strategy. It is an area in which we have an acknowledged international reputation. The work of Professor Steve Yearley, Professor Andrew Webster, Dr. Anne Kerr and Dr. Amanda Rees on the growth of environmental consciousness, the sociology of expertise and risk, the new genetics and the public understanding of science is supplemented by the work of researchers in the Science and Technology Studies Unit, located within the Department itself. Dr. Amanda Rees is a Lecturer in Sociology, and her research interests include the study of popular science and the public understanding of science, the history and sociology of the human/animal relationship and the development and management of scientific institutions across cultures.

Facilities: Research graduates in sociology are accommodated in the Sociology Department in Wentworth College, where each student has a shared office. A computer, together with connections to the main university computer, will be provided, as will photocopying and printer facilities and necessary office materials.

We provide outstanding facilities for research in aural and visual media, including a laboratory with up-to-date technical facilities, including audio and video recording and playback equipment, and serviced by a full-time technician. The main university libraries (the J.B.Morrell Library, complemented by the opening of the Raymond Burton Humanities Research Library in 2004) contains a fully up-to-date collection of books and journals in the Department’s main research areas, including the sociology and history of science. Most of the usual facilities which you will need are there, including interlibrary loan systems for books or papers not held in the J.B.Morrell Library.

Informal Enquiries: Informal enquiries about the studentship, or about the suitability of an idea or proposal for research, are encouraged. Please contact Dr Amanda Rees by mail (at the Department of Sociology, University of York, Heslington, York, Y010 5DD) or by e-mail ([email protected]) giving a telephone number at which you can be contacted.