Gisela Eisenreich Fellowship in History and Philosophy of Nature, the Art of Healing and Medicine

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: October 1, 2020

The Gisela Eisenreich Fellowship is granted initially for two years. Fellows are given liberty to devote their full attention to research on a topic relating to the history or philosophy (including philosophy of science or ethics) of the interconnection and interplay of nature, the art of healing and medicine. The fellowship can be extended for a third year if the fellow completes and submits a substantial external grant application before the end of the second year and plans to hold the grant at the department. Applications must include a sketch of the research project envisioned.

Examples of suitable topics include:

  • Medicine between “art” and “science”
  • The Human body between nature and nurture
  • Philosophy of science and (bio)medicine
  • The epistemology of biomedicine (and how it relates to ideas of nature)
  • Medicine and the senses
  • Environmental History and medicine
  • Nature as a target for public health action

Fellows are expected to actively participate in department life and present their research publicly during the second year of the fellowship.

The Department for the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine has five focus areas of research:

  1. Networks and reputation systems in the history of the life sciences
  2. Technology and culture in medicine and society
  3. History and philosophy of the neurosciences and psychiatry
  4. History of medical associations and institutions
  5. Children and health in history

More information on the department is available at

Applicants must hold a PhD or MD or equivalent degree at the start of the fellowship. They also must have an excellent command of English or German and promise to produce internationally recognized research in an area described above.

The fellowship is payed according to TV-L 13 German pay scale (ca. 48.000-70.000 Euro per annum, according to experience). In addition, a research bursary of 2.000 Euro per year will be provided. The fellow will be employed by Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. The prospective start date of the Gisela Eisenreich Fellowship is February 1, 2021.

Electronic applications are strongly encouraged (in a single PDF file, no larger than 5 MB). Applications must be received by October 1, 2020. In case the applicant sends printed documents, he/she agrees that these documents become property of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and will not be returned to the applicant for reasons of costs. The documents will be destroyed after the recruitment process.

Applications can be submitted to the following address:

Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf
D 01.2.1 – Kennziffer: 317/20
Moorenstr. 5
40225 Düsseldorf

Materials can be submitted in English or German and must include:

  1. Cover letter – please address it to Prof. Dr. Heiner Fangerau
  2. Academic CV
  3. List of publication (if applicable)
  4. Sketch of the research project to be undertaken (max. two pages)
  5. Statement how the fellow’s research relates to at least one of the five focus areas of research outlined above and to the host department (max. one page)
  6. Writing sample (journal article, book chapter or dissertation chapter)
  7. List of three references, including names, titles and contact information

Members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academia are strongly encouraged to apply.  Applications from female scholars are explicitly encouraged and will be given preference in case of equal aptitude, ability and professional achievements unless there are exceptional reasons for choosing another applicant. Applications from persons with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal aptitude, ability and professional achievements.

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

Posted: August 26, 2020