Postdoctoral Research Officer (Homelessness Project)

Application deadline: Tuesday, 11 September 2018.

£30,963 per annum (pro-rata if appropriate)

The Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College seeks to appoint, with effect from 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, an experienced Postdoctoral Research Officer to undertake qualitative interviews with homeless people as part of a new project on people’s experiences of homelessness in Oxford.

The post-holder will have considerable responsibility over the data collection process, and will plan and conduct qualitative semi-structured interviews with homeless people and analyse qualitative data using relevant software. They will contribute to writing project reports, presentations to funders, and papers for publication, and will liaise with third-sector partners and the project’s advisory board. They will contribute to the development of collaborative networks, future research projects, and funding applications, and the planning and execution of dissemination events. They will be expected to comply with research governance procedures and the University’s code of practice and procedure for academic integrity in research. The post-holder will represent the Centre and its work, and contribute to its administrative and technical functions.

Applicants should hold or be close to completing a PhD/DPhil in a relevant social science or humanities discipline (such as sociology, political science, human geography, anthropology, or social psychology). Applicants should possess demonstrable experience of designing, planning, conducting and analysing qualitative semi-structured interviews, together with experience of interviewing vulnerable groups and across status boundaries. They should have knowledge and experience of using relevant software (e.g. NVivo, Atlas.ti) to facilitate qualitative data analyses, and the ability to write for a range of audiences in academia, the third sector, policy-makers, and the public. The successful candidate will possess exemplary interpersonal skills when working with a range of groups (including vulnerable individuals, policy-makers, and third-sector representatives); the ability to work effectively under own initiative, and as part of a small team; and a good level of cultural awareness and familiarity with diversity issues in research practice. They will have excellent organisational skills, flexibility and responsiveness; the ability to prioritise workloads and to meet deadlines; and the willingness and ability to travel within the city of Oxford.

Previous research experience in the field of homelessness, experience of working collaboratively with non-academic stakeholders, or publication in peer-reviewed journals is desirable.

The post is based in the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College in the University of Oxford. The post is full-time and fixed-term for the twelve-month duration of the Homelessness Project. Applications from candidates who wish to hold the post on a part-time basis will also be considered, and a part-time appointment will result in a commensurate increase in the duration of the post. The salary is £30,963 per annum, pro-rated as appropriate (salary for 2017/18; to be adjusted with effect from August 2018 following the agreement of the 2018/19 pay award).

Further particulars and information about how to apply are available here: Further Particulars

For the online application you will be asked to complete an application form and a recruitment monitoring form, and to upload the following documents:

  • A covering letter detailing your motivation to participate in the project, highlighting your background in the research areas relevant to the project and your specific research skills;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • One sample of written work describing qualitative research which you have carried out or contributed to. This could include published work (a report or journal article) or a chapter from a thesis or dissertation.

You will also be asked to ensure that at least two references are received via the Interfolio platform by the closing date. As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to provide their referees’ names and email addresses which will generate email reference requests from Interfolio to the referees, who will be invited to upload their confidential references directly to the Interfolio platform.


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The deadline for applications is Tuesday 11th September 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, black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in posts in the College.