Fwd: Postgraduate Research Associate post, Securing against Future Events (SaFE)
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Postgraduate Research Associate
Reference Number 2135
Location Durham City
Faculty/Division Social Sciences and Health
Grade Grade 7
Position Type Full Time
Contract Type Fixed Term
Salary (£) 30122 - 30122
Closing Date 5 November 2012
The Department of Geography at the University of Durham is seeking to appoint a full-time Postgraduate Research Associate for 30 months to contribute to a research project on “Securing Against Future Events (SaFE): Preemption, Protocols, and Publics”. This project is part of Professor Louise Amoore’s thirty month Leadership Fellowship funded by the ESRC within the cross-council Global Uncertainties Programme. The research will map and analyse a range of security techniques that render future uncertainty as a basis for action and intervention. Specifically, the research is interested in the relationship between technical and algorithmic security systems and the capacity for judgement and decision.
For further details regarding this post please contact Professor Louise Amoore.
Tel: 0191 3341969
We are looking for a research associate who is interested in the questions of technology, security, society and ethics, broadly conceived, that this project addresses.
The successful candidate will have a postgraduate degree in a related area – disciplinary areas of particular relevance may include (but are not limited to) political geography, international relations, sociology, urban studies, anthropology, and law. Candidates with interdisciplinary backgrounds may be particularly well-suited to the post. The successful candidate will be based in Durham’s leading Geography Department, working with Professor Louise Amoore, as well as with colleagues in the Institute for Hazard and Risk Research (IHRR) and in the Politics, State, Space research group.
The appointee will be responsible for: critical appraisal of academic and policy literatures; conducting of fieldwork in the UK and Europe, including semi-structured interviews and non-participant observations; dissemination of research findings, including the drafting of research papers and the presentation of research findings at workshops and conferences.
The appointee will be required to participate in research meetings with internal and/or external contacts, collaborators and PIs and exchange information for effective working and to facilitate future research collaboration. You will also be required to deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines by using initiative and creativity.
The Appointee may also be asked to make a limited contribution to the teaching programme of the Department of Geography if there is an opportunity to do so that is consistent with the requirements of the project and the knowledge and skills of the post-holder.
• A postgraduate degree (or close to completion) in a social science or other related discipline.
• Experience in the use of qualitative research methods, especially interviewing techniques.
• Ability to draft reports and other relevant research material for publication
• Working knowledge of relevant methods of analysing and interpreting qualitative data.
• Excellent organisational and networking abilities.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Demonstrable ability to work effectively both in a team and independently.
• Knowledge of the key debates and developments in the area of risk, security and counter-terrorism.
• Interest in and knowledge of the theoretical debates concerning contemporary ethics of security.
• Prior experience in the coordination and/or organization of dissemination events of international standing.
Annick T.R. Wibben, Ph.D.
Politics & International Studies
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
Author of Feminist Security Studies: A Narrative Approach (Routledge, 2011):