Postdoctoral Research Officer

Oxford, Oxfordshire (GB)
£30,394 to £31,616 per annum
24 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Postdoctoral Research Officer

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 information about how to apply are available on the College website:

The deadline for applications is 12 noon (UK time) on Monday 26 November 2018.

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.