A Sociology of Farm-Level Animal Disease Awareness, Knowledge and Practices – Fully-funded PhD Studentship

We seek to recruit a PhD student who will adopt a qualitative research approach to sociologically explore the nature of land managers’ knowledge, experiences and practices in relation to farm animal diseases in Scotland.  The studentship is part of the Centre of Excellence in Epidemiology, Population Health and Disease Control (EPIC) and is funded by the Scottish Government.  The studentship will begin 1st October 2012.

Candidates should possess an undergraduate degree in sociology or a cognate discipline (e.g. anthropology, human geography), at 2.1 level or above, and a Masters degree in sociology or a cognate subject, preferably with Distinction. There should be a strong research methods component in the Masters degree, and the succesful candidate must have advanced levels of familiarity with qualitative research methods.  Given the nature of field research with land managers in Scotland, some travel will be involved.  A driver’s licence and willingness to work alone in rural contexts is thus important, as is regular attendance at academic events in Aberdeen. 

The studentship is of 3 years duration, is worth £15,000 per annum, and covers tuition fees and living expenses.  A further £4,500 is available to cover research expenses. The studentship will be held within the Department of Sociology, and will lead to a PhD qualification in Sociology. The student will be expected to split his or her time between the Department of Sociology and the James Hutton Institute’s Aberdeen site. The supervisorial team will be Dr. Rhoda Wilkie (Sociology), Dr. Lee-Ann Sutherland (Hutton) and Prof. David Inglis (Sociology).

Can all interested applicants please complete the online postgraduate application form www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/and submit the following documentation to Alyson Millar, Postgraduate and Research Senior Secretary, School of Social Sciences, Edward Wright Building, King’s College, Aberdeen, AB24 3QY: degree transcripts, two academic references, and a Curriculum Vitae (of no more than 4 pages) with a covering letter to describe your specific interests in the study topic.  Please include details of all modules of research training, relevant work experience, and if applicable, publications to date. If you have any queries about the application process please contact Mrs Millar: a.millar@abdn.ac.uk

The deadline for receiving all application documentation is Monday 30th April 2012.

For further information please visit the following websites: Dept. of Sociology (Aberdeen), at: www.abdn.ac.uk/sociology/; The James Hutton Institute, at:  www.hutton.ac.uk ; and postgraduate tuition fees: www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance.php

If you would like more information about the studentship, please contact Rhoda Wilkie:  r.m.wilkie@abdn.ac.uk or Lee-Ann Sutherland:  lee-ann.sutherland@hutton.ac.uk

The BSA is a Company Limited by Guarantee.  Registered in England and Wales.  Company Number: 3890729.  Registered Charity Number 1080235.

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