Research Associate: History of Biology

University of Cambridge - Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Associate in history of biology, to contribute to the multi-centre project 'Putting the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis to the Test', which is contextualizing, clarifying and evaluating recent calls for extensions to the 'Modern Synthesis' in evolutionary biology.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work reliably and efficiently to deadlines and targets. Candidates should have an outstanding record in the history of biology; an excellent knowledge of diverse approaches to evolution from a historical perspective; completed their doctorate by the time of taking up the appointment

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applicants are able to upload a maximum of three documents, which should be arranged as follows:

1.) Cover letter, an up to date curriculum vitae and full list of publications combined into one document

2.) Two samples of original written work in a related area (c. 10,000 words in total)

3.) A description of your research plans and an explanation of how your research will contribute to the project. This should not exceed 1,000 words

Please provide the names and contact details of two referees in the space provided. We will contact the referees of shortlisted candidates directly to request references (unless you advise that you do not wish us to do so). Referees will be asked to comment specifically on the candidate's ability to undertake this role in the Department.

If you are unable to upload your documents, please email these as attachments to, ensuring that you include your surname in the email subject line and in the file names.

Interview Date: Mid-November 2016

Start Date: 1 January 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

Any further queries regarding this position can be addressed to the Administrator at, please quote reference JN10179 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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