Postdoctoral Researcher, Nuffield Politics Research Centre

Application deadline: Monday 22 February 2021

Salary: £32,817 to £38,017 per annum

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to support a programme of collaborative research into the electoral and attitudinal implications of economic shocks and their relationship to inequality in Great Britain, and to support external funding applications in this area of research.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will conduct collaborative research linked with the research activities and interests of the Nuffield Politics Research Centre and the Nuffield Elections Unit, alongside Professors Jane Green and Geoffrey Evans, both co-directors of the British Election Study (BES),   run from the Universities of Manchester and Oxford (Nuffield College). Key duties of the post include conducting advanced statistical analysis, including of large, complex multi-level BES panel data; linking and analysing geographic contextual data and micro-data; contributing to the writing of research papers; performing data visualisation; developing and contributing to external funding applications; and communicating research results to academic and non-academic audiences. The Postdoctoral Researcher will also contribute to the running of the Centre, for example, by organising seminars and events, and will conduct independent research in line with the Centre’s research priorities, ideally supported through new successful external funding applications. The Postdoctoral Researcher may also opt to undertake a small amount of 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 field (e.g. political science), with an emerging (national or international) publication record in peer-reviewed journals and with leading publishers, commensurate with their career stage. They should have a high level of expertise in the application of quantitative research methods using advanced statistical modelling, with demonstrable proficiency in data management (e.g. data linking), and in using statistical software including Stata and/or R. They should have experience of using British Election Study or similar data (e.g. social science surveys in Britain or other countries), and an interest in and knowledge of British politics. The ability to summarise and communicate research to a wide audience is 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 questionnaire design, of media communication, and/or of geographic data visualization and linking would be an advantage.

The post is full-time and fixed-term for 3 years. The salary will be in the range £32,817 to £38,017 per annum. The start date is 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. An earlier start date would also be possible. The post will be based within the Nuffield Elections Unit, part of the Nuffield Politics Research Centre in Nuffield College.

Further particulars and information about how to apply can be found here:

The deadline for applications is Monday 22 February 2021.


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  • A cover letter detailing your motivation for applying for this post, and outlining how you meet the selection criteria.
  • A Curriculum Vitae including a full list of publications/working papers (please indicate your contribution if papers are co-authored).
  • Two paper- or chapter-length examples of your academic written work, ideally to include your own original data analysis.

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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.