Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Queen Mary University of London - School of Business & Management

A two-year postdoctoral research fellowship is available at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London.

The postdoctoral fellow will work with Dr. Manuela Perrotta on the research project “Remaking the Human Body: Biomedical Imaging Technologies, Professional and Lay Visions”. This is a Wellcome Trust funded research project concerning the development and diffusion of biomedical imaging technologies in the field of reproductive technologies. Placing biomedical imaging within a cultural, social, political and organizational context, this project engages with significant questions related to the current understanding of the human body for both professionals and lay people.

The post holder will be responsible for conducting an in-depth case study on biomedical imaging in IVF. In particular, the history, development and use of Time Lapse Photography in IVF will be explored by taking a performative and processual approach, which will include a reconstruction of how it has been developed so far. This reconstruction will analyse all the actors (human and non-human) that have contributed to its evolution, including an investigation of alternative IVF imaging technologies. The case study will take a qualitative approach, using mixed methods, including face-to-face interviews, focus group interviews, documentary analysis, observations and researcher’s field notes. All of this will be supervised by Dr Manuela Perrotta at the School of Business and Management.

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in a relevant social science subject (Organisation Studies, Science and Technology Studies, History of Science/Medicine, Sociology/Anthropology of Medicine, or a related field) or equivalent research experience. We seek an outstanding interdisciplinary researcher, preferably with experience relevant to technological change and development in a healthcare setting. Ideally, they will have experience in conducting qualitative research, and of undertaking case studies in a healthcare setting. They will have a high level of communication and writing skills. Your application should include a CV plus a brief outline of how you intend to contribute to the project and a sample of your writing (journal article or thesis chapter). For more information about the project is available here: [].

The post is a fixed term appointment for 2 years, with the possibility of extension and an expected start date of December 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Manuela Perrotta at or on +44 (0) 020 7882 6542.

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Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date above.

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