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CoRWM provides independent advice to the government on the long-term management of radioactive waste. Photograph: CORWM
CoRWM provides independent advice to the government on the long-term management of radioactive waste. Photograph: CORWM

The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) is recruiting for 11 new members.

CoRWM provides independent advice to the UK government and devolved administrations on the long-term management of radioactive waste, including storage and disposal.

The committee says its aim is to demonstrate the government’s commitment to transparency and use of evidence in guiding radioactive waste policy.

Its main objective is to provide independent, evidence-based advice to ministers on programmes run by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Radioactive Waste Management Ltd.

These aim to aid the government in its search for a geological disposal facility site to deal with the country's spent nuclear material.

This has become of particular importance since Cumbria County Council’s voted to withdraw from talks to host a site, setting back the government’s search for a permanent repository for higher activity radioactive waste (HAW) by decades.

The government is also searching for “robust interim storage” for HAW.

CoRWM is looking for candidates with knowledge of geosciences including geology, geophysics, geochemistry and hydrogeology, and familiarity with geological disposal of radioactive waste and intermediate and deep underground radioactive waste disposal concepts.

According to CoRWM, it is essential candidates can show they have built and maintained good working relationships and achieved “consensus in multi-disciplinary teams, where views may differ, in order to deliver successful outcomes to agreed timescales”.

Interested applicants can apply here. The closing date is 18 March.