This is a call for applications for Ph.D. student position in the field of history and sociology of Astroparticle Physics.

Key words: Astroparticle Physics; History of 20th century scientific institutions; science funding policies.

The Department of Nuclear and Particle Physics and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, are opening a Ph. D student position related to a European project in the field of the history of Astroparticle physics.

The candidate is expected to collect and analyse data and documents pertaining to a study of the emergence of Astroparticle physics as a discipline in European countries and worldwide. He (she) shall also participate in a study aiming at assessing how Astroparticle physics is presently reviewed and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and other agencies, and how one could improve the coordination of reviewing and funding of large European Astroparticle physics infrastructures. During his (her) research, he (she) will explore the archives of various European agencies and research institutes, participate to meetings, and interview key scientific and administrative actors.

Funding period: Depending on the scientific training and curriculum of the candidate, this is a one or two years position with a planned extension for two more years. All travel expenses and other costs related to the project will be covered.

Requirements: The successful candidate shall have a fairly good knowledge of particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology and some acquaintance with the methods and issues of history and sociology of science. Good English speaking and writing skills are mandatory.

Applications, including a detailed C.V. and a list of publications, should be sent to:

Prof. Maurice Bourquin Département de Physique Nucléaire et Corpusculaire Université de Genève 24, quai Ernest Ansermet CH-1211 Genève 4

Deadline : 31 Octobre 2006