AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award: Atomic, Molecular and Orbital Iconography in Post-War Design (UK)

The Department of History of Design at the Royal College of Art and Science Museum in London are pleased to invite applications for one funded three-year PhD studentship in the history of atomic, molecular and orbital iconography in postwar British design and popular material culture.

The history of X-ray crystallography's development and subsequent impact on our understanding of the physical world is well-researched within the history of science; less well known is the role played by these new images and concepts in physically forming spaces and objects of daily life in the period.

Drawing particularly on the extensive X-ray crystallography related collections at the Science Museum and the Museum's collection of 1950s household objects as well as archives and oral histories, the project will investigate the relationship between scientific discovery, the popular dissemination of science and design in postwar British. The project will explore the impact of scientific discovery and its popular imaging on design practice and production, and raise awareness within the history of science of the importance of particular choices for data visualisation on the course of scientific understanding and discovery. The studentship will provide the opportunity to contribute to the planned Making Modern Science Gallery at the Museum.

The student will supervised by Dr. Sarah Teasley (Royal College of Art) and Dr. Peter Morris (Science Museum). A more detailed description of the project including suggested research areas can be found at: http://www.rca.ac.uk/Default.aspx?ContentID=511956&CategoryID=36647.

This studentship has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award In the 2011/2012 academic year full-time awards provide a maintenance grant payment of 15,590 p.a. and fees of 3,732 p.a. In addition to these amounts, the AHRC will pay an additional 500 per annum in April to students in receipt of a full award. Please note that this award does not cover the Royal College of Art's top-up fee of 3,768.

By the commencement of the PhD studentship in October 2011, applicants should have completed a good first degree and a postgraduate degree in a relevant subject such as the history of science, the history of design, art and design practice, material culture, the history of art or modern British history. Applicants must also be UK or EU citizens and be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom. Further information on eligibility requirements is available from the AHRC website: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk <http://www.ahrc.ac.uk> .

To apply, complete an online application by going to

http://applications.rca.ac.uk <http://applications.rca.ac.uk>

Select AHRC CDA - History of Design/Science Museum 2011/12 (PhD only) under the Course section of the application form. You must include a detailed research proposal (max. 1,000 words) and indicative bibliography with your application. Details on what to include in a research proposal are available from www.rca.ac.uk/admissions <http://www.rca.ac.uk/admissions> ; further details on the studentship can be found at URL.

The deadline for applications is Friday 17 June.

Applicants are welcome to contact the RCA Research Office at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>  with informal inquiries concerning the application process, or Sarah Teasley at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>  for informal inquiries concerning the project.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place at the Royal College of Art in London during the week of 11-15 July.
Dr. Sarah Teasley  |  [log in to unmask]
Course Tutor, History of Design
Liaison Tutor, Critical & Historical Studies
Royal College of Art