Dalton Research Associate

The University of Manchester - Humanities

Closing Date : 31/10/2016
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2021
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Humanities
School/Directorate : School of Social Sciences
Division : Social Anthropology
Hours Per week : 1 FTE
Salary : £30,738 to £37,768 per annum
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : HUM-08944

Applicants are sought for a Research Associate to work on a project funded by an Endowment from BNFL, directed by Professor Penny Harvey in the Department of Social Anthropology and Dr Damian O’Doherty from the Alliance Manchester Business School. The post will involve close collaboration with Professor Francis Livens in the Dalton Nuclear Institute. The appointment will be made for 5 years, after which the intention is that the Fellow will transfer to an open-ended academic appointment in an appropriate School subject to meeting targets as detailed in the further particulars.

The project seeks to study and address current debates in the decommissioning of nuclear facilities and storage of nuclear waste in the UK and will explore social and cultural features of organisation that might help explain prevailing understandings of risk and innovation. Nuclear expertise and industry specialists increasingly see the challenge of decommissioning and waste disposal in terms beyond the purely technical. The social and political dimensions of decommissioning are widely recognised as a central challenge, involving multiple, co-dependent institutions with complex and often overlapping responsibilities and governance structures. Intrinsic organisational difficulties with trust and communication are likely to be important issues when tackling organisational inertia and/or conservatism and other obstacles to innovation and change. Community dependence on the nuclear industry, poor communications, conflicting assumptions, and fear of failure, might be additional issues worthy of consideration. The project seeks to explore these social and organisational issues in more depth through long-term ethnographic fieldwork in order to build a greater understanding of ‘nuclear futures’ and how these futures might be more fully engaged by social communities, scientific practice and expertise, management and government.

You will have a PhD (or equivalent relevant experience) in the social sciences that is based on ethnographic fieldwork and engages science and technology, or industrial science (i.e. engineering), and includes some analysis of the management and organisation of these fields of practice. You should ideally have already begun to publish their work or at least have publications in process that demonstrate a clear engagement with contemporary developments in social anthropology, organisation studies and/or business and management. Some familiarity with debates in ethnographic theory, the social studies of science, and in particular energy politics and infrastructure would be an advantage.

As the School is committed to Athena SWAN principles, we welcome applications from women, who are currently under-represented at this grade. All appointments will be made on merit.

The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Penny Harvey

Email: penny.harvey@manchester.ac.uk

Name: Dr Damian O’Doherty

Email: damian.odoherty@mbs.ac.uk

General enquiries:

Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:

Email: universityofmanchester@helpmeapply.co.uk

Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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