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PhD position The historical development of animal testing and alternatives to animal testing in the Netherlands, Netherlands


The central question of this PhD-project is: How have public debates interacted with the development of animal experimentation and alternatives for animal experimentation in the Netherlands in the period 1950-2016? The historical literature on the (inter)national development of animal experimentation and its alternatives is remarkably scarce. Also a long-term analysis of the evolution of public debate on animal use in the Netherlands is lacking. Most studies are confined in time (mainly to the period up to 1940) or restricted to a single aspect of the many factors involved, such as animal ethics. This project is committed to approach the theme from a wider context, in order to develop a multi-dimensional long-term perspective on animal experimentation. The results of the project may be helpful to institutions such as the RIVM in developing policy options for the future. Moreover, the outcomes of this study will contribute to building up a collective memory to serve the public debate on this controversial topic.

Digital history methods will be employed in a ‘hybrid’ research methodology.

While a clear affinity with historical research is indispensable for this PhD-project, candidates from various backgrounds in the humanities and social sciences are invited to apply. Demonstrable experience with digitized sources is a plus. A completed MA, MSC (or doctorandus) degree is required for consideration. The successful candidate must be able to start on the project per 1 November 2016.

The candidate is offered a full-time PhD-position for four years, with an evaluation after one year.
The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project.

The gross monthly salary coming with a fulltime appointment will amount to € 2,174 in the first year to € 2,779 in the fourth year (P-scale of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities).

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old center and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht city has been consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the Netherlands.

The faculty of Science consists of six departments:

    Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Information and Computing Sciences
    Physics and Astronomy
    Chemistry and

The faculty is home to 4800 students and nearly 1500 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The faculty's academic programmes reflect developments in today's society.

The Freudenthal Institute is the leading research institute for the didactics of science in the Netherlands, and one of the largest research centres on the subject within Europe. The mission of the FI is to stimulate and broaden the interest, knowledge and skills of students and teachers in the field of mathematics and the sciences, and to stimulate reflection on the sciences and their rich history and philosophical foundations.

The History and Philosophy of Science research group of the Freudenthal Institute is an environment in which first-rate research into the foundations, philosophy and history of the natural sciences is performed. At the institute, we combine insights from different disciplines to generate a long-term, historical and philosophical perspective on current societal developments that are related to the production of scientific knowledge.
Our research focuses on the history of the Western knowledge society since the 17th century, the philosophical foundations of knowledge, and analysis of fundamental scientific theories. We are also active in research and teaching about science policy, interdisciplinarity, and scientific integrity.


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Application Deadline : 1 September 2016

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