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The History of the First 100 Years of the British Journal of Anaesthesia

Project Description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded Doctoral Award, supported by the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA), to be held at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine, University of Manchester, beginning in September 2019.

The BJA has been central to the development of knowledge and practice of anaesthesia across research and education since 1923. Through the 20th century, the specialty broadened to include new sub-specialities of critical care medicine, pain medicine and perioperative medicine, each creating new scientific, practical and ethical challenges for practitioners. This project offers an opportunity to research and study the history of the BJA against the backdrop of wider changes across medicine, science and society to produce new knowledge of its contributions to research, education and practice. The successful candidate will have access to the previously unused archives of the BJA and the support of an Advisory Group included retired and practising anaesthetists. The project will also incorporate oral history and network analysis as methodologies. Its findings will contribute to ongoing scholarship around the history of translational medicine, global medical networks and interactions between education, training and delivery of health services, which will have significant policy impact.

We require an Upper Second-class honours degree or overseas equivalent in an appropriate discipline, which may include humanities or science subjects and a level of research training that will allow the successful candidate to proceed directly to PhD level studies. For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website (

Specific enquiries about the project, including further details of the academic content, should be addressed to Dr Stephanie Snow,

Funding Notes

Fully funded University of Manchester award with British Journal of Anaesthesia. Studentship funding is for a duration of three years to commence in September 2019 and covers UK/EU tuition fees and an annual minimum stipend (£15,009 per annum 2019/20). On the online application form select PhD History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

As an equal opportunities institution we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

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