Six year post for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the History and Philosophy of Science

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: July 12, 2020

Six year post for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the History and Philosophy of Science
Closing Date for applications: 12th July, 2020
Start Date: 1st September, 2020
Salary: £38,304 (inclusive of London Weighting)

The Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King’s College London is looking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in Southwest China as part of an interdisciplinary team, under the leadership of Dr Katherine Swancutt, on a six year project funded by the European Research Council Synergy Grant scheme, and run in collaboration with the University of Manchester, where the research themes will be devoted to a study of Siberia. The project is titled ‘Cosmological Visionaries: Shamans, Scientists, and Climate Change at the Ethnic Borderlands of China and Russia’. The project website:

A PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science (or a related discipline in the social sciences, such as anthropology, geography, sociology, or political science) as well as a research interest in the environmental sciences and a strong command of Mandarin Chinese is essential for the post. Knowledge of Tibeto-Burman languages in Southwest China is desirable, but not essential.

The successful candidate will join Dr Swancutt’s project at KCL, with effect from 1 September 2020. They will be expected to conduct four months of interview-based fieldwork each year on natural scientific approaches to climate change in Southwest China, to participate in project workshops and conferences, and to publish original works on climate change in the history and philosophy of science.

This is a fixed term, no renewable appointment for the duration of the project. Due to hiring constraints for the post, applicants should be from within Europe. Interviews may be held remotely due to Covid-19.


A comparable six year post for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Anthropology is also available:

Posted: July 10, 2020