Postdoctoral Research Fellow UK Nuclear History School of Social Sciences University of Southampton

Division of Politics and International Relations – Mountbatten Centre for International Studies

Full Time, Fixed Term from 1 March 2005 to 28 February 2008

The Mountbatten Centre for International Studies (MCIS) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to engage in the preparation of a history of UK Nuclear Weapon Policies and Their Implementation, 1953-1973. The post-holder will be required to assist in archival research and drafting for a series of volumes on this subject, and to organize and conduct interviews with key individuals who participated in decision-making and the implementation of UK policy between 1953-1973. The post-holder will participate fully in the activities of a small Nuclear History research team headed by Professor John Simpson, the Director of the Centre.

The Mountbatten Centre conducts research across a broad range of issues connected with weapons of mass destruction, their control and doctrines for their use. It recently received a three-year grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) to conduct research into the above subject area. One additional full-time Research Fellow is now required to complete the Nuclear History research team. This three-year post will focus upon supporting the production of the written output from the research and the organization and implementation of a programme of oral history interviews relevant to this subject. The post-holder will also be required to assist with a programme of research commissioned from other UK scholars, and support the meetings of the Centre’s Nuclear History advisory group and a larger Nuclear History seminar which meets at six monthly intervals.

It is an explicit requirement of the award that the post-holder has a PhD. Candidates should have, or have actually recently submitted for examination, a PhD and have some existing knowledge of the subject matter.

The researcher will work under the direction of Professor John Simpson, the MCIS Director, and Dr Mark Smith, the Associate Director for Nuclear History.

Informal enquiries can be made at any time to Professor John Simpson or Dr Mark Smith on 02380 592522 or by e-mail [email protected].

The starting salary is offered at £22,774 per annum.

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 21 February 2005.

An application form and further particulars may be obtained from the Human Resources Department (D), University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, Tel: 023 8059 2750, e-mail: [email protected] or minicom: 023 8059 5595, alternatively visit our website at

Closing date for applications 4 February 2005.

Please quote reference number 04D0381.

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