2 Postdoctoral Research Positions (m/f/d) "Socialist Medicine: An Alternative Global Health History" (HU Berlin)

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) with expected full-time employment - E 13 TV-L HU (third-party funding limited for 3 years)

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Arts and Humanities – Department of History, ERC Starting Grant SOCMED (Berlin)
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Susanne Saygin, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Two postdoctoral research positions within the ERC Starting Grant "Socialist Medicine: An Alternative Global Health History" at Humboldt-Universität Berlin, expected full-time employment (third party funding, limited for three years).

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) with expected full-time employment - E 13 TV-L HU (third-party funding limited for 3 years)

Reference No.: DR/059/22
Categories: Postdoctoral
Number of Positions: 2

Location: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Faculty of Arts and Humanities – Department of History

Closing date for applications: 25.07.22

SOCMED (2021-2026), funded by an ERC Starting Grant brings the socialist world into the history of global health. lt identifies health cultures produced by socialism (in all its variety) and explores the impact of socialist internationalism in co-producing global health in the 20th century. The project pioneers a new history that will not only transform our knowledge of historical processes but will further our understanding of ideas, practices and processes that current global health structures have been built on.

Job description:

- Postdoctoral research within the ERC Starting Grant "Socialist Medicine: An Alternative Global Health History".
- original archival research with a thematic focus on either:
- socialist ideologies that informed the development of healthcare systems in state socialist countries, Western welfare states and/or newly independent states, exploring the various concepts that contributed to such systems and the practices employed
- histories of medical technologies in socialist contexts, especially pharmaceutical and biotechnological research, production and distribution from a scientific, economic and political perspective
- existing and perceived material and financial shortages and shortcomings in socialist countries, and technological and scientific expertise ideas of development, aid, solidarity, collaboration and
- Examining the ways local initiatives fed debates at national and international levels to analyse the interaction of political ideology and public health practices.
- Particular focus on the political and professional networks between Western welfare states and/or among states in the socialist world in shaping health systems
- Contributing to project aims such as academic event organization, public dissemination of research results, publications


- Doctoral degree (PhD) in History or related fields
- experience in archival research in various geographic locations
- working language skills in two or more languages
- peer-reviewed publications (or submitted/accepted manuscripts)
- interest in interdisciplinary research with public health, medical anthropology and sociology
- ability to work independently and collaboratively in research teams
- excellent English communication skills

Send application to

Please send your application (including covering letter, research proposal, full CV, relevant certificates), and quoting the reference number to Humboldt­Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Philosophy and History, Department of History, Prof. Dora Vargha, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, email: dora.vargha@hu-berlin.de.

You can find more information about the ERC project here:


For further information or questions, please contact Prof. Dora Vargha dora.vargha@hu­berlin.de.

The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply. Since we will not return your documents, please submit copies in the application only.

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Prof. Dr. Dora Vargha, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, email: dora.vargha@hu-berlin.de.

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