Research Associate

Goldsmiths, University of London - Department of Anthropology

Goldsmiths’ Department of Anthropology (http://www.gold.ac.uk/anthropology/) is a research-intensive department working especially in cultural politics and economics, visual and public anthropology, gender and the anthropology of health and science. 

‘People Like You’ is a 4-year Wellcome Trust-supported Collaborative Project in the Medical Humanities awarded to Professors Sophie Day (Goldsmiths, Anthropology), Celia Lury (Warwick University, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies) and Helen Ward (Imperial College London, School of Public Health). It aims to establish the cultural significance of new methods for specifying and portraying people precisely across a range of settings: health care and data science and selected practices in digital culture. We will develop an interdisciplinary figural analysis in collaboration with three creative practitioners (poetry, portraiture and digital media) to put the ‘person’ back into personalisation and relate people to the data collected from them and on their behalf.

This post is one of 3 postdoctoral research associates sought for the project (at Goldsmiths, Warwick and Imperial College).

Under the day-to-day guidance of Professor Sophie Day in the Department of Anthropology, you will conduct ethnographic research into personalised medicine, including case studies of breast cancer and HIV care in west London (Academic Health Science Centre, Imperial College) so as to analyse its implications.  You will collaborate closely with the project team on personalisation in data science and digital culture as well as public-facing elements of the project such as our website, events and meetings.

It is essential that the successful candidate have a PhD in a relevant subject and proven experience of organising, undertaking and analysing empirical research. They will have an interest in and strong understanding of ethnographic and interdisciplinary research in health, with skills in a range of ethnographic techniques for data collection, management and analysis. They will have a track record of publications and collaborative work in their field. In addition, they should have a willingness and ability to collaborate with the project team on other personalising practices, contribute to the dissemination of project results and represent the project at conferences and external events.

This post is offered on a full-time basis for a period of 4 years from 8 January 2018.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Sophie Day – s.day@gold.ac.uk

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