Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Medicine – Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

The Cedars-Sinai Program in the History of Medicine, now in its fourth year, is a vibrant and collegial unit within the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Division of Graduate Research Education, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. It is host to seven research-active core faculty, the Center for Medicine, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, and an ongoing Covid19 archive project. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Medical Center is one of the nation’s leading non-profit medical institutions. It is a teaching hospital of UCLA and has a large academic enterprise with substantial extramural funding. For more information about the Program, visit our website:

The Program in the History of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center seeks an outstanding candidate for a two-year fellowship, with appointment to be taken up by the end of September 2021. The appointee will be proposed for an academic title of Instructor. This is expected to be a joint venture with the History Department at the University of California Los Angeles, where the successful applicant will hold a Visiting academic appointment, if justified by the qualifications of the appointee.

The area of specialization is the history of medicine, broadly conceived, but preference will be given to applicants who have embarked on deeply researched projects emphasizing the history of human disease and medical practice in the 19th and 20th centuries that would especially benefit from being situated in a contemporary medical institution.

The appointee, with the expectation of a concurrent appointment in UCLA’s Department of History, will enjoy substantial time to pursue research with academic privileges at both institutions, with a one-course per year undergraduate teaching load at UCLA and teaching assignments at Cedars-Sinai as required.

Required Qualifications:

PhD by the time of appointment

Preferred Qualifications:

Broad knowledge of the history of modern medicine, with preference for research interest in the practice of medicine and human disease
Demonstrated significant, original, and creative potential to conduct a research
Demonstrated competency in a variety of research strategies, methods, techniques, and protocols
Teaching experience at the collegiate level

The Research Fellow in the Program in the History of Medicine works independently and in cooperation with the Program Directors and Faculty to make significant and creative contributions to research and scholarship in the history of medicine and allied fields. The Fellow may be an ongoing member of a research team or may work independently to contribute high-level expertise and experience to a specific research or creative program. The Fellow is expected to develop a research reputation and will have teaching responsibilities as determined by the Program Directors. In addition, the Fellow will contribute to the administration of day-to-day program operations under the supervision of a member of Cedars-Sinai Faculty.

Essential Job Duties:

Develop and pursue original research
Assist in or independently publish original research
Assist in or independently present original research
Generate content for the Program’s 6-week courses, speaker series, and graduate student curriculum, as required
Lecture and/or conduct seminars by invitation in the history of medicine at outside institutions and to the public, where appropriate
Assist in creating a social media presence for the Program
Educate the Cedars-Sinai community about the contemporary history of medicine landscape

Physical Demands:

Any combination of academic education, professional training or work experience, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties required for the position

Applications should be submitted in electronic form with the subject line “History of Medicine Search” and addressed to:

History of Medicine Search Committee
c/o Esther Olivio
Program in the History of Medicine

Required documents:

• Cover Letter
• Curriculum Vitae
• Research Statement (not more than 1500 words)
• One Writing Sample (e.g, an article or book chapter)
• Sample Syllabus (optional)
• Names and email addresses of three references who have agreed to write on the candidate’s behalf

Deadline for submission: June 30, 2021

Applications will be reviewed and a short-list of candidates will be contacted for Zoom interviews.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Please direct all questions to Dr. Gideon Manning, Co-Director, Cedars-Sinai Program in the History of Medicine.

Posted: July 06, 2021