Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy

Egham, United Kingdom
£37,467 per annum - including London Allowance
30 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
30 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location:  Egham
Salary: £37,467 per annum - including London Allowance
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 30 October 2022
Reference: 0922-428

Full Time, Fixed Term (for 12 months with the possibility of a 6-month extension)

Applications are invited for the post of Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Politics & International Relations.

The Department of Politics & International Relations seeks to appoint a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on an exciting new project studying the activities of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This ESRC-funded research project, entitled “The Global Governance of Ideas: International Organisations as Agents of Policy Diffusion”, sets out to understand how IMF technical assistance influences domestic macroeconomic policy and institutions in the Global South. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Thomas Stubbs and will join a dynamic and interdisciplinary research environment, where there is opportunity to collaborate with scholars in international political economy, public policy, economics, and development studies.

About the Department. The Department of Politics & International Relations is a research-intensive unit ranked 2nd in the UK by the Times Higher Education following the publication of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 results.

About the Role. You will be a qualitative or mixed methods social scientist with a keen interest to investigate the determinants, relational dynamics, and consequences of IMF technical assistance around the world.

You must have or be close to completing a PhD in a relevant social science, and have evidence of original research through scientific papers of refereed journal quality. In addition, you must have qualitative empirical research skills. Some experience in conducting semi-structured interviews will be advantageous to the role.

You will demonstrate an existing personal research agenda in international political economy, international public policy, development studies, or adjacent fields, and a commitment to the development of sub-projects within the overall objectives of this research project. 

You will have the ability to be the lead author or co-author of papers of peer-reviewed journal article quality, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will be given the opportunity to develop a wider research agenda of your own.

Applicants should provide a CV and covering letter demonstrating how their experience meets these requirements, along with one writing sample. The covering letter should mention the names and contact information of two scholars familiar with the applicant's work who have agreed to act as referees. Reference letters will be requested at the short-list stage.

In return, we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including generous annual leave and training and development opportunities.   The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

The post is full-time and fixed-term for 12 months with the possibility of a 6 month extension, starting on 9 January 2023, if not earlier.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Thomas Stubbs on

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:

Please quote the reference: 0922-428

Closing Date:   Midnight, 30 October 2022  

Interview Date: November 2022 (date TBC)