Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Research Associate) in Maps of Malignancy
Closing date: 15 June 2021
The Department of Global Health & Social Medicine is seeking a Research Associate to work as part of a research team on a research project entitled “Maps of Malignancy: Epidemiologists and Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa”. Funded by a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award, the project aims to shed light on epidemiological efforts to map cancer in Africa over the last 70 years. Specifically, drawing on insights from postcolonial science studies, the project examines the socio-technical infrastructures and political rationales that underpin these mapping efforts as well as the understandings of cancer and Africa that they bring into being. To address these issues, the project uses a combination of ethnographic and archival research methods to examine two cartographic efforts: (1) the research on cancer aetiology carried out by British and French doctors in Africa in the late colonial and early postcolonial periods to improve treatment strategies at home; and (2) the contemporary global surveillance initiatives seeking to measure the cancer burden in Africa in order to rationalise health policy and planning on the continent. The research project builds on and expands an earlier British Academy-funded pilot project on Cartographies of Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa (https://cartographiesofcancer.org).
The appointed person will have a PhD degree in the social sciences or humanities (e.g., anthropology, sociology, history, geography, STS, development studies). They will be fluent in both English and French. The appointed person will have a solid knowledge of qualitative research methods and have some experience in conducting archival and/or ethnographic fieldwork. Ideally, they will also have some experience conducting research on health or another development issues in Africa (or another low- and middle-income setting). A prior knowledge of and interest in the anthropology of global health, postcolonial science studies, the history of Africa and/or international development would be beneficial. Some experience writing and publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed articles would be welcome. The appointed person will also have strong organisational skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills to maintain and develop good working relationships and the aptitude to think critically and use their own initiative.
This is a full-time post (100%) offered on a fixed-term contract for 2 years.
To read more about the post and apply, please visit: https://jobs.kcl.ac.uk/gb/en/job/022945/Research-Associate-in-Maps-of-Malignancy
If you have further questions or would like to discuss the post in more detail, please email Dr David Reubi (email@example.com).