PUSH - Public Health at a Crossroads: When vaccines go viral (5+3)

PhD fellowship in the field of PUSH - Public Health at a Crossroads: When vaccines go viral (5+3)

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF), invites applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship in PUSH - Public Health at a Crossroads: When vaccines go viral provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of 1 January 2018 for a period of up to three years (5+3). The candidate who is awarded the fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1 January 2018. 

The PhD fellowship will be financed by the 2 parties.

The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine came into the market in 2006 and has since then prompted a wide range of diverse controversies across the globe. While in countries like the US, France, and Great Britain moral issues concerning young girls’ sexuality, state power, and parental rights have received a lot of attention, countries such as Denmark, Japan, and Australia have experienced highly publicized cases of adverse events which are resulting in public-state confidence crises and what could be described as local epidemics of HPV vaccine side effects.

This project invites an interdisciplinary approach to the study of ongoing HPV vaccine controversies that highlight a set of enduring issues that compel debate and action regarding sexuality, the cultural politics of family, trust in government, and the credibility of scientific evidence.

Based on anthropological fieldwork in particular contexts, the proposed PhD project should contribute to a broader understanding of how HPV vaccine related controversies reflect new and broader challenges to public health brought about by social media and the rapid and uneven spread of health beliefs – bringing classic public health to a political crossroads of cancer prevention and health promotion.

This project is meant to facilitate the development of an international and interdisciplinary research group that seek to merge epidemiological and anthropological understandings and methods to the study of global HPV vaccine controversies, thus, intellectual flexibility and willingness to work across disciplinary boundaries will be appreciated.

The PhD student must complete the studies in accordance with the valid regulations for the PhD degree programme, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD degree programme at the universities: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/phdstudystructure/

Rules and regulations for the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School at Arts: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

The PhD fellow will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University.

The PhD student will be affiliated with the PhD programme Anthropology, Global Studies and the Study of Religion.

The PhD student’s place of work will be the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. In general, the student is expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis.

The PhD degree programme is expected to include a lengthy research stay at a foreign institution, cf. Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme.

School of Culture and Society’s research programme:
http://cas.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/

 

5+3 programme

When you apply for a 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3), you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 December 2017.

The PhD fellow will be employed as a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (see section 6.1.4), as well as with the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (see enclosure 5). The agreement and the protocol including amendments are available online: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

Salary: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/salary-and-employment/salary-5-3-programme-and-part-b-of-the-4-4-programme/

 

Application
If you require professional guidance regarding your application for the PhD fellowship please contact the PhD programme director at Anthropology, Global Studies and the Study of Religion:  http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/contacts/

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Marie Louise Tørring, School of Culture and Society, mlt@cas.au.dk, Phone + 45 87 16 20 89.

Applications for the PhD fellowship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme can only be submitted via Aarhus University’s web-based facility.

Guidelines for the application facility: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/application/application-guide/

 

Deadline for applications: 1 October 2017 at 23.59 CET
Reference number: 2017-20

During the assessments, Aarhus University can conduct interviews with selected applicants.