PhD Studentship, University of Cambridge: History of the Placenta since 1750

Supervisors: Martin H. Johnson and Nick Hopwood

The Centre for Trophoblast Research at the University of Cambridge aims to fund up to three PhD studentships at Wellcome Trust rates starting in October 2009 for three years of full-time research <>. We are offering a project on the history of the placenta.

The placenta has a rich and important past that has yet to attract sustained historical attention. Possible projects could focus on such various aspects as anatomy, physiology and evolution, pathological examination and legal regulation, midwifery, obstetric and lay practices, and claims as to the placenta’s special powers. There is wide scope to choose a topic of interest in a period since 1750 and with an appropriate geographical location.

Supervision will be provided by Martin H. Johnson (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience) and Nick Hopwood (History and Philosophy of Science). The project will benefit from participation in the University’s programme of historical research on generation and reproduction and specifically on embryology.

Interested students (UK, EU or overseas) should have at least a high upper second (or equivalent) in a first degree, preferably in the biological sciences, and ideally also a strong performance in a master’s in history of science and/or medicine. We invite initial expressions of interest, including a CV and sample of written work, by 10 December 2008 for a Centre deadline of 9 January and interview on 28 January 2009.

Martin Johnson <[email protected]>

Nick Hopwood <[email protected]>