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Women in Extreme Physiology c.1900-2000


Institute of Applied Health Research

About the Programme

Applications are invited for a 3-year self-funded* PhD Studentship starting as soon as possible.

The purpose of this PhD is to investigate the forgotten history of women working in the area of extreme physiology in the 20th Century (and possibly earlier). The purpose is to recover the ways in which women contributed to the scientific study of the limits of human performance, and their roles and responsibilities on expeditions to extreme environments. The project is initially envisioned as covering Britain and the British Empire, but we strongly encourage proposals that cover an alternative geographical region, or incorporate non-English-language sources; fluency in a language other than English will be an advantage.

Person Specification
Applicants should have a strong background in the history of science, technology and/or medicine. They should hold or realistically expect to obtain an Upper Second Class Honours degree in History or a related subject; candidates with a STEM undergraduate degree should either have had final year specialization in History of STEM, or a Masters level qualification in the History of Science, History of Medicine, Science Studies, or similar.

How to apply
Applications should be directed to Vanessa Heggie at . To apply, please send:
• A Detailed CV, including your nationality and country of birth;
• Names and addresses of two referees;
• A covering letter highlighting your research experience/capabilities;
• Copies of your degree transcripts;
• Evidence of your proficiency in the English language, if applicable;
• A one page proposal for a PhD project

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. This can be conducted face –to –face, by telephone or skype.


Funding Notes

*While there is no dedicated funding for this position, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Heggie to discuss funding possibilities.

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