The Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (University College Dublin) has opportunities in the following areas

1 – Vacancy for Senior Teaching Fellow in Medical History (Temporary)

2 – Places on the Social and Cultural History of Medicine MA programme

1. Senior Teaching Fellow in Medical History (Temporary)

The vacancy arises as part of the Wellcome Trust Enhancement award to the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, UCD, and the position is tenable from 1 September 2009 to 30 June 2010. The Senior Teaching Fellow, will work under the direction of the Head of School and the Director of the CHOMI, and will be expected to contribute to the School’s teaching at undergraduate and graduate level, research, and administration where appropriate.

Teaching duties will include: i. lectures and seminars on a third year core module ii. a third year Medical History Option module; iii. contribution to the MA in Social and Cultural History of Medicine; iv. the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. If appropriate, the successful candidate will be encouraged to submit a Wellcome Trust University Award application during the period of this post. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the activities of the Centre, the School’s Research Forum, and to enhance the reputation of the School through the dissemination of knowledge to the wider society. The new appointee will be expected to play a full role in the every day life of the School and Centre, including administrative roles where appropriate.

Salary Range: €32,000 – €37,400 p.a

Appointment will be made on the above range and will be commensurate with qualification and experience.

Please note at this time UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies – Any CV’s submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the UCD Vacancy website (

Please note deadline for receipt of application is 1200hrs (noon) on the 10th of April 2009 .

Late applications, or applications received by fax or email will not be considered.

UCD is an equal opportunities’ employer

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2 – Places on the Social and Cultural History of Medicine MA programme.

This MA is an innovative and interdisciplinary one-year postgraduate degree, which focuses on the

place of medicine in society. It is the only MA of its kind available in Ireland. The aim of the MA is to

enable students to engage in critical debates within the history of medicine both within Ireland and

internationally, from c.1750 to c. 1950. Students will have the opportunity to explore themes through

various media; film, literature, and art, amongst others. At the core of the taught programme is the

module on ‘Approaches to Medical History’. The module explores the main historiographical trends

within medical history from social history, gender history, post-colonial history to patients’ experiences

of illness throughout history. The modules are taught through seminars and students are given

the opportunity to develop presentations skills, peer-review students’ work and engage in lively intellectual

debates. Students can also take modules in other Schools and partake in the History of Medicine

seminar series. The largest written component of the MA is the 10,000-word dissertation, which is

based on original research and is due in July. The topic of the dissertation can be drawn from anywhere

within the history of medicine, the only limitation being the availability of accessible sources.

Teaching staff on the programme includes Dr Catherine Cox, Prof Mary E Daly, Dr Aude Doody, Dr

Elva Johnston and Dr Susannah Riordan.

Students can apply for funding from the Wellcome Trust Master’s Award. Since the inception of the

MA, this prestigious scholarship has been awarded to UCD students annually. Students who have

taken the MA have gone on to secure PhD funding.

The MA provides students with a unique opportunity to engage with an international network of

medical historians. Students of the MA have the opportunity to receive additional training and present

their research to other History of Medicine students at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History

of Medicine, University College, London.

The MA fosters a lively intellectual community and provides students with rigorous training in analytical

and presentation skills. The completion of an original thesis in particular allows students to develop

expertise in time- and project-management, writing with clarity and precision, and communication

skills. This expertise is vital to a variety of careers such as teaching, all forms of media, politics

and academia. The MA also provides a historical context for those working in health-care. Students on

the MA come from diverse academic backgrounds and pursue different careers.

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