The Jacques Loeb Centre for History and Philosophy of, and Critical Dialogues in, the Life Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev offers fellowships to PhD and post-doctoral students to participate in the following project:
Intellectual history and epistemology of modern structural and informational biology
The project's goals are as follows:
▫ To trace the changing epistemologies in selected areas of informational and structural biology from the 19th century to the present and the way these have been affected by novel ideas, technologies, and practices. This includes the molecular biology of complex characteristics such as development or developmental diseases. Among the pertinent philosophical theories we examine are those of Bacon, Whewell, Popper, Polanyi, and Kuhn.
▫ To elucidate how the recent availability of big data and new computational methods that impact many areas of biology are (i) changing research practices, often increasing the efficiency and scope of research; (ii) challenging traditional epistemologies and basic assumptions concerning scientific truth, mistaken conclusions, and fraud.
Researchers must have expertise in philosophy, biology, and/or the history of science. They are expected to participate in the activities of the Centre including seminars and conferences.
Applicants should provide the following (in English):
▫ Research proposal (optional)
▫ Two letters of reference (PhD and post-doc students only)
▫ Masters' or PhD thesis and/or any publication(s)
Fellowships are awarded for up to two years with the option to prolong.
For additional information about the Centre and the stipend please contact:
Jacques Loeb Centre for History and Philosophy of, and Critical Dialogues in,
the Life Sciences
Prof. Ute Deichmann, Director
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O.B 653, Beer Sheva 84105, Israel.
Building 39, Room -114,
Phone +972-8-6472258, Fax +972-8-6428497,
For additional financial aid, the following resources are available: