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Postdoctoral Research Officer at Nuffield College

The Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College seeks to appoint, with effect from 1 January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter, a Postdoctoral Research Officer to support the work of the Centre for Social Investigation (CSI). CSI is hosted by Nuffield College, and directed by Professor Anthony Heath. The Centre provides authoritative, non-partisan research on central social issues, and has a reputation as an independent and rigorous source of information and analysis.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in areas relevant to the Centre’s work, leading in the design, conduct, and interpretation of research. They will be expected to publish the results of the Centre’s research in working papers, articles in refereed journals, and as pieces aimed at non-academic audiences, and to present research results at seminars, conferences and workshops. The post-holder will play a leading role in organising workshops, conferences and events associated with the Centre’s work, and will represent CSI and its work to external audiences within the public and private sectors, including the media. They will identify additional areas of research interest fitting with the Centre’s research agenda, and will assist in applications for external funding. The successful candidate will contribute to the administrative and technical functions of the Centre, and will work and conduct themselves in compliance with the University’s codes of practice for academic integrity in research and relevant research governance procedures. The post-holder may also undertake ad hoc paid teaching or supervision within the collegiate University.

Applicants should hold or be close to completing a PhD/DPhil in a relevant social science discipline (such as economics, political science, sociology, social policy, or social psychology).  They should have research experience and expertise that fit with the Centre’s research agenda, and the ability to conduct high quality academic research, evidenced by a good record of scholarly writing and publication in peer-reviewed journals (appropriate to the candidate’s academic career stage). Applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to distil complex research results for non-academic readers. Experience of quantitative methods research with standard statistical skills including Stata, SPSS or R, and the ability to contribute to the design and conduct of the data collection are essential, as are excellent communication and organisational skills, flexibility and responsiveness, and the ability to prioritise workload, and to meet deadlines. Applicants should demonstrate exemplary interpersonal skills and the ability to work constructively and effectively both as part of a small research team and under their own initiative.

The post is based in the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College in the University of Oxford and is full-time and fixed-term for eighteen months. Applications from candidates who wish to hold the post on a part-time basis will also be considered. The salary range is £30,394 to £31,616 per annum, pro-rated as appropriate.

Further particulars and a job description are available here.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' link below. This will take you to the Interfolio Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register for an account (if you have not done so previously) and log in before completing an online application.

For the online application you will be asked to complete an application form and a recruitment monitoring form, and to upload the following documents:

  • A covering letter detailing your motivation for applying for this post, highlighting your background in the research areas relevant to the work of the CSI and your specific research skills;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Two samples of written work based on research which you have carried out or contributed to. One sample should be aimed at an academic audience and the other at a policy audience. Unpublished work (for example a chapter from a thesis or dissertation or a short report aimed at a policy audience specifically written for this application) will be acceptable.

You will also be asked to ensure that at least two references are received via the Interfolio platform by the closing date. As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to provide their referees’ names and email addresses which will generate email reference requests from Interfolio to the referees, who will be invited to upload their confidential references directly to the Interfolio platform.


If you have any technical difficulties submitting your online application, please help [at] (contact Interfolio). For other queries, please contact the pprf [at] (College Registrar).

If, for your convenience, you wish to submit a hard-copy application, please contact the pprf [at] (College Registrar). Interfolio is a US-based service, and complies with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. Information submitted via hard-copy is not processed through Interfolio.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon (UK time) on Monday 26 November 2018.

Interviews are likely to take place in the week beginning Monday 10 December 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates may be invited for interview in advance of the closing date.

Nuffield College exists to promote excellence in education and research, and is an equal opportunities employer committed to equality and valuing diversity. Applications are particularly welcome from women, from disabled people, and from black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in posts in the College.

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