Postdoctoral Fellowship, Indiana University

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: February 15, 2020


One-year, Mellon-funded postdoctoral fellowship: “Rigor: control, analysis and synthesis in historical and systematic perspectives”

Area of Specialization: History of Science (prior to 1900), History of Philosophy of Science (prior to 1900) with a focus on scientific methods / experimental practice. Approaches can vary depending on the interests of the applicants.

Area of Competence: Open

The Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Indiana University invites applications for one postdoctoral fellowships, available in the academic year 2020-2021, for research to be undertaken in the context of the Sawyer Seminar “Rigor: control, analysis and synthesis in historical and systematic perspectives”.

The postdoc will pursue a research project related to the Sawyer Seminar theme, the concept of rigor across the scientific disciplines. The Seminar will bring together scholars from the humanities and the sciences who will trace the emergence of the terms “rigor”, “control”, “analysis” and “synthesis” in experimental contexts. Focusing on two key historical periods, the dawn of modern experimental sciences in the 17th century and the period of professionalization and disciplinary specification of experimentation in the 19th century, the seminar participants will study what constitutes rigor in different fields; how the concept of rigor emerged; and when it became the requirement for experimentation that it is today.

The postdoc will be expected to participate fully in all seminar activities, reading groups and conferences as well as the organization of the seminar activities. Some assistance with the supervision of the Sawyer graduate student fellows will be involved.

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and supporting diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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Posted: January 17, 2020