PhD Studentship: Medicine of the Mind and Natural Philosophy in Early Modern England: A New Way of Interpreting Francis Bacon

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship offered by The Warburg Institute to join a research project funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant, starting in October 2010.

The research team at the Warburg Institute will consist of Dr Giglioni and a PhD student, who will both concentrate on topics that, within the broader context of Bacon’s ‘medicining of the mind’ intersect with domains such as natural philosophy, medicine and practical divinity. Particular attention will be devoted to investigating possible influences coming from the Stoic tradition, especially in its late Renaissance

incarnations, and closely related to this, to exploring the notion of ‘appetite’, in relation to the human body, the body of the universe and the body politic, as it appears in the writings of Bacon and his contemporaries. An opportunity exists for a full-time PhD student to carry out research on an aspect of one of these areas under the supervision of Dr Giglioni. The student will be registered for the PhD degree of the University of London and, in accordance with University regulations, will be registered for the MPhil degree in the first instance. The appointment will be for four years. The student will be required to submit a doctoral thesis to the University of London within three or a maximum of four years. The student will participate fully in the project as a whole and will be expected to collaborate with all members of the project and to attend workshops and conferences in both London and Bucharest (expenses will be paid). As a student of the Warburg Institute, the person will also be expected to participate fully in the academic life of the Institute and to be subject to the same requirements as other research students of the Institute.

Applicants should possess, or expect to possess by November 2010, a first-class or good second-class honours degree and a Master’s degree in relevant subject areas from a British university or overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard. A good reading knowledge of Latin is essential; and the ability to read at least one continental European language is desirable.

The value of the studentship will be £19,490-£26,547 for each of the first three years depending on personal circumstance. The value of the studentship in the fourth year will be subject to further negotiation.

Candidates should complete the Student Admission Form available in the Graduate Studies section of the Institute’s website here and submit it together with their research proposal; guidelines for the research proposal are given on the application form. The form and research proposal should be sent, with a covering letter stating that the application is in connection with the Medicine of the Mind project, to:

The Secretary and Registrar, The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square,
London WC1H 0AB and not to the address on the form.

Applicants would be welcome to discuss their research proposal in advance with Dr Giglioni (e-mail:; telephone: +44 (0) 20 7862 8949).

Any queries regarding completion of the application form should be addressed to the Secretary and Registrar (e-mail:; telephone: +44 (0) 20 7862 8949).

Closing date for receipt of applications is 30 April 2010.

For further details see the Warburg Institute website here.


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