Postdoctoral Researcher, International NGOs in the Long Humanitarian Century

Oxford, Oxfordshire (GB)
Thursday, 19 November 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 21 December 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral Researcher, International NGOs in the Long Humanitarian Century: Legacy, Legitimacy and Leading into the Future

Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Nuffield College intends to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher to support the work of the 'International NGOs in the Long Humanitarian Century: Legacy, Legitimacy and Leading into the Future' research programme. Directed by Andrew Thompson (Professor of Imperial and Global History, Nuffield College) and Sir Mike Aaronson (Honorary Fellow, Nuffield College), the programme explores contemporary challenges facing the aid and the International aid sector, with a focus in the domains of geopolitical change; international relations; institutional leadership, development and ambition; political economy and market factors; and state behaviors and relationships to the state. We seek a researcher whose interests and experience fit into these broad domains.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will conduct independent original research in areas relevant to the overarching research programme, taking the lead in the design, conduct, and interpretation of research; and identifying additional research areas of interest to the programme. She or he will disseminate research results through publications in working papers and academic journals, and presentations at workshops and conferences, as well as producing pieces aimed at non-academic audiences. The postdoctoral researcher will organise workshops, conferences, and other events associated with the research programme. She or he will contribute to a commissioned report on ‘The Future of International NGOs’ targeted at academic, policy and practitioner communities, and will assist with external funding applications. The Postdoctoral Researcher may also undertake ad hoc paid teaching or supervision within the collegiate University in Oxford.

Applicants should hold, or be close to completing, a PhD/DPhil in a relevant social science discipline such as history, political science, sociology, or international relations. They should possess research experience and expertise appropriate for the research programme agenda, including archival research skills, familiarity with archives of non-state actors and NGOs, and experience of fieldwork, including structured interviews and gathering oral history records. Applicants should demonstrate high-quality academic research abilities in their scholarly writing and publications in peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with their career stage. The ability to translate and distil complex research results for non-academic readers, to work collaboratively with non-academic partners, and to undertake cross-disciplinary work are essential. Applicants should possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and organisational skills, together with exemplary interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively within a small research team and under their own initiative. Experience of authoring successful funding bids, or of collaborative working with NGOs would be an advantage.

The post is full-time and fixed-term for three years, starting on 1 March 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. Applications from candidates who wish to take up the post on a part-time basis will also be considered. The salary will be £34,804 p.a. (pro-rated as appropriate). The post will be based at Nuffield College.

Further particulars and application instructions are available on the College website at 

The closing date for applications is Monday 21 December 2020.  

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.