TEUS – 2 PhD Positions available at the CHSTM, Manchester


These studentships form part of the ERC programme, The Earth Under Surveillance: Climate Change, Geophysics and the Cold War Legacy. The studentships cover university fees and a maintenance stipend, and are tenable for 3 years from September 2010.

A European collaboration based in Manchester, Strasbourg and Barcelona, the TEUS project is exploring the history of scientific  studies of the earth and the environment, especially by examining how the Cold War shaped funding and research trajectories. Among its innovative features is a focus on the interplay and mutual shaping of the geosciences and national security/intelligence programmes, especially in the organisation of geophysical exploration. Drawing broadly on approaches from Science & Technology Studies and diplomatic/intelligence/international relations history, the research team uses a variety of sources, including archival material from the US, Europe and Russia and interviews with prominent earth scientists.

National trends are mapped onto the broader geopolitical frame defined by the Cold War, and help offer a historical understanding of contemporary debates over climate change.

The PhD studentships form an important part of the TEUS project, and offer the opportunity for the successful applicants to take part in an exciting international collaboration at one of the UK’s leading centres for the history of science, technology and medicine.

The TEUS research programme (ERC Starting Grant 241009) spans the histories of geophysics, seismology, oceanography and glaciology. Possible areas for doctoral projects include, but are not limited to:

– The history of oil prospecting

– The history of prospecting of ?strategic? (i.e. radioactive) minerals

– The history of geophysical surveying (magnetic, oceanographic, etc.)

– The history of geophysical monitoring (seismological, radiological, etc.)

– The history of environmental monitoring

Projects may deal with one or a group of European countries and/or the relations between one or a group of European countries and the USA and/or the USSR. It is expected that one of the two scholarships will be given to a scholar able to write a thesis dealing with European countries, and applications in this area are strongly encouraged.

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1. The scholarship will allow the payment of university tuition fees at EU rate only and a generous stipend. Citizens of non-EU countries are welcome to apply but ?as the tuition fees for overseas students are considerably higher- a correspondingly reduced stipend will be offered (or additional sources of funding will have to be found).

2. Informal inquiries may be made to: Dr. Simone Turchetti, telephone +44(0)161 275 5923

email: [email protected]ster.ac.uk

3. Essential entry requirements: Candidates should normally hold a First or Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, plus a recognised Masters qualification (M.Sc., M.A. or equivalent) by 1st October 2010. Candidates should have a background and an interest in the following disciplinary areas: history of science, sociology of science, science and technology studies, political science, history, international relations. Candidates with a different background are also welcome to apply if their profile shows an interest and an aptitude to interdisciplinary research.  Candidates whose first language is not English are required to either the IELTS or TOEFL test. On the IELTS test applicants are normally expected to score a minimum of 7.0 overall; on the TOEFL test a minimum score of 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based) or 100 (internet based) is expected.

4. Desirable entry requirements:

– Previous cross-disciplinary experience

– Previous participation in teamwork activities

– Knowledge of language, history and culture of one or more European countries.

5. Applications should include a CV, two academic references and a covering letter including details of research interests and/or an indication of which one of the areas for doctoral projects mentioned above the candidate would be interested to cover. The applications should be received no later than 17 May 2010 and interviews will be held on 4 June 2010. If you have not been contacted by the end of May you must assume that your application was unsuccessful.


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