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Durham University

Department of Geography

News Archive

Senior Research Associates - Ref: 1925

(9 May 2007)

We are seeking 2 PDRAs to work on the various components of the nuclear project; one of these posts will be based in Durham, the other in Sheffield. The respective responsibilities of each PDRA are:

PDRA1: To conduct a study of global trade in nuclear waste, including identification of pattern of trade; interviews with key actors; to analyse data; to write reports; to write outputs for publication. Please see on vacancy details pages.

PDRA2: To conduct a study of flows of spent nuclear materials; to analyse data; to write reports; to write outputs for publication. Please note enquiries fr this post shoudl be made to Professor N. Gregson, at the University of Sheffield (

Both PDRAs will be expected to undertake periods of fieldwork. Some fieldwork will be overseas (the precise locations are yet to be finalised, although they are likely to include Scandinavia, particularly Finland and Sweden, Germany and Japan). Some fieldwork will take place in North-west England (Cumbria). In addition, and in collaboration with Nicky Gregson, PDRA 2 will be expected to undertake considerable periods of research in a scientific laboratory in the University of Sheffield. Attention is drawn to the fact that both posts will involve working in environments where there is the potential for exposure to radioactive materials. Further components of Project 2 will include an ethnography of Copeland (to be conducted by Karen Bickerstaff) and research on the nuclear industry in Kazakhstan (to be conducted by Catherine Alexander). The second set of (two) PDRA posts connect to Strand 2, Project 1 within the programme.

Salary: Minimum £32,471 per annum

closing date: 15th May 2007