Three-year PhD position: The Dry Antibiotic Pipeline and the Global Policy Laboratory (1980-2010)

Three-year PhD position at the Université de Strasbourg with the international project: How did the Antibiotic Pipeline Run Dry? People, Infrastructures and Politics of Antibiotic Drug Development 1970-2010 [DryAP].

The application deadline is 18 June 2021, 17:00p.m. (CEST). The contract will begin in September 2021.

We are looking for a PhD candidate to study the history of antibiotic regulation at the international level between circa 1980 and 2010.

Located in Strasbourg, the PhD project aims to study how the post-1945 antibiotic success story has been transformed into a narrative of innovation scarcity, orchestrated at an international stage. The PhD project will aim to understand how the narrative of a decline in innovation, research and development of new antibiotics, along with a growing concern about antimicrobial resistance, has arisen internationally. How has this narrative been played out by the many actors involved in the international regulation of medicines? How did it contribute to the adoption of industry-friendly policies from the 2000s onwards, through various incentive mechanisms facilitating the discovery of new molecules and their marketing?

Requirements and research skills:

The candidate must be a holder of a master’s degree from an excellent university, competent in the history of medicine, history and sociology of science and technology, political science or related discipline.

The candidate must demonstrate a mastery of research techniques in social sciences: archival work, sociological interviews, the construction and analysis of quantitative data, and sound analysis of textual sources.

The candidate must be able to work and write in English and have basic knowledge of French. According to the Strasbourg University’s rules, the thesis may be written in English, French or German.

For further information on the PhD research project and for details on how to apply, please carefully read the full Call for Applications.