JOB: Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Science, Technology and Gender Studies Ph.D. researcher in history of radiation protection (30.06.2022)

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The Chair of Science, Technology and Gender Studies at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) invites applications for the position of a

PhD student/research assistant (TVL-E13, 65%)

The HRP-IAEA project ("Living with Radiation: The Role of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the History of Radiation Protection") at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, funded by the European Research Council, is seeking a highly motivated doctoral candidate/research assistant for part-time employment (65%) for 3 years.
Led by Professor Maria Rentetzi, HRP-IAEA explores the role of international organizations and especially of the International Atomic Energy Agency in regulating and standardizing radiation protection on a global scale. We focus especially on the IAEA’s technical assistance programs as a key post-war strategy for promoting the atom and supporting applications of civilian atomic energy worldwide; providing standards for use and safety; creating a nuclear order that could support the development of nuclear industry and medicine. The research is highly interdisciplinary and combines methods from history of science, international history, new diplomatic history, and science and technology studies.
The successful candidate will explore the historical role of the IAEA in standardizing and regulating the use of nuclear energy in the Global South. He/she is expected to pay attention to the nuclear order that the IAEA shaped in developing countries throughout the post-WWII period. Special attention is given to IAEA’s nuclear diplomacy in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.


  • MA degree in history of science, technology or medicine; science and technology studies; political science or other associated fields.

  • Prior experience of working in a team and of conducting interviews is essential

  • Advanced computer skills are desirable

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English

  • Linguistic competence depending on the case study that will be proposed

Knowledge in motion is FAU's motto. We at FAU therefore strive to generate knowledge to shape the future responsibly and openly share knowledge with all stakeholders in society to drive prosperity and create value, as well as using knowledge to improve our world for future generations.

To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored. FAU values the diversity of its members and is committed to the goals of equal opportunities.



Your application should include in a single pdf file carrying your last name the following:

  • a brief cover letter explaining your research interests and your motivation for applying
  • a full curriculum vitae
  • a research plan (c. 1,500 words) outlining your research project
  • a writing sample
  • two letters of recommendation

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in early July 2022.

Please submit your application via email to:
Ms Lena Borke-Weber
Chair of Science, Technology and Gender Studies
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Theology
Werner-von-Siemens-Str. 61
D-91052 Erlangen

Website: Category:History of Science, Medicine, and TechnologySecondary Categories:African History / Studies
Area Studies
Contemporary History
Environmental History / Studies
Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
World History / StudiesPosting Date:06/07/2022Closing Date06/30/2022


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