PhD Studentship: Science in the service of religion? A museum study

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship based at University College London, in collaboration with the University of Oxford History of Science Museum.

The successful applicant will undertake a PhD to study astronomical and mathematical instruments in the collection of the History of Science Museum in Oxford, to examine what establishes their identity as ‘Islamic’ or ‘European’ and ask whether alternative labels, groupings and contextualisation(s) might be more appropriate.


An astrolabe from the Oxford Museum of Science collection

The studentship will be jointly supervised by Professor Michael J. Reiss (University College London) and Dr Silke Ackermann (University of Oxford History of Science Museum). This studentship, which is fully funded for three years full-time (or equivalent part-time), with the option of up to six months additional funding for related professional development, will begin on 1 October 2019.

For full details of the studentship and how to apply please contact Claire Goddard at

Applications must be received no later than 2 April 2019.


Informal enquiries relating to the project can be directed to Professor Michael J. Reiss at

For any other information please contact Dr Harriet Warburton, Oxford University Museums Research Facilitator at

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