Postdoctoral Researcher

Postdoctoral Researcher
Nuffield College

Nuffield College seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher to support the work of a new interdisciplinary research programme, the Centre for Social Investigation (CSI), which is hosted by the College and directed by Professor Anthony Heath.

CSI aims to provide authoritative, non-partisan research on central social issues, and thereby to become an independent and rigorous source of information and analysis. In addition to publishing technical work for academic audiences, a central part of CSI’s work will be to communicate the results of its activities in an accessible way to non-technical audiences.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be responsible for conducting advanced quantitative research in areas of relevance to the Centre’s work; for publishing the results of CSI’s research in the form of working papers, articles in refereed journals, and as pieces aimed at non-academic audiences; for presenting research results at seminars, workshops, and conferences; and for organising events associated with the Centre’s work. She or he will also be expected to represent CSI and its work; to build working relationships with relevant individuals and institutions within the public and private sectors, including the media; to identify additional areas of research interest and assist with applications for external funding; and to take an active role in the administrative functions of the Centre.

The post is a full-time appointment for a fixed term of three years, with the possibility of renewal. Applications to hold the post on a part-time or job-sharing basis will also be considered. The salary will lie within the College’s Research Officer scale (currently GBP 24,259 p.a. – GBP 28,694 p.a.). The Postdoctoral Researcher will be eligible for free lunch and dinner in College.

The successful applicant will have completed, or be close to completing, a doctorate in a subject relevant to CSI’s work, and will possess advanced academic skills in quantitative research, together with an excellent record of publication in refereed journals (taking account of his or her career stage). Experience of relevant statistical or econometric techniques would be an advantage. The successful candidate must demonstrate high-level communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with non-academic audiences, and to identify and exploit connections between advanced social science research and contemporary issues of interest, with the capacity and willingness to contribute to the strategic and intellectual development of CSI. She or he will possess administrative or technical ski

lls relevant to the Centre’s work such as designing websites, drafting briefing notes, writing blogs, or presenting results in graphical form.

Further particulars, including a full list of selection criteria and instructions on how to apply, are available from the Collegeweb page or from the College Registrar, Nuffield College, Oxford OX1 1NF. Email: The final closing date for applications is Monday 16 February 2015. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates may be invited for interview in advance of the closing date.

The 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 disabled people and from black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in posts in the College.