Postdoctoral Researcher

Nuffield College - Gwilym Gibbon Centre for Public Policy

Application deadline: 12 noon (UK time) on Monday 7 January 2019

£32,236 to £37,345 per annum

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to support the work of the Gwilym Gibbon Centre for Public Policy at Nuffield College and conduct research using British Election Study (BES) data, as part of the College’s current participation in the BES, led by the Universities of Manchester and Oxford. The post offers an exciting opportunity to be involved in high quality research and in the development of a major research centre at a time of heightened interest in British politics, policy-making and British elections.

Key duties will include conducting research using BES data and linked with the research activities and interests of the Gwilym Gibbon Centre at Nuffield College, including the British Election Study; disseminating research findings through academic publications; supporting the Director of the Gwilym Gibbon Centre in a programme of collaboration with other researchers and research centres and the current Scientific Leadership Team of the BES; contributing to the running of the Gwilym Gibbon Centre, for example, by organising seminars and events; drafting material for dissemination online; assisting with data preparation and management; and assisting with an ongoing programme of engagement with policy-makers and the media. The post-holder may also undertake a small amount of ad hoc paid teaching or supervision within the collegiate University.

Applicants should possess 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 methods using advanced statistical modelling, with demonstrable proficiency in data management (e.g. data linking), and in the use of relevant 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. Applicants should hold or be close to completing a PhD/DPhil in a relevant field (e.g. political science).They should possess the ability to summarise and communicate research to a wide audience, with excellent oral and written communication skills and excellent organisational skills, together with flexibility and responsiveness, and the ability to prioritise workloads and to work to tight deadlines. They 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 Gwilym Gibbon Centre for Public Policy at Nuffield College in the University of Oxford. The salary will be in the range £32,236 to £37,345 per annum. The post is full-time and fixed-term for 3 years, with an initial probationary period of six months, and is available from 1 February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Further particulars and information about how to apply can be found in the job description.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' link below. This will take you to the Interfolio Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register for an account (if you have not done so previously) and log in before completing an online application.

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 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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The deadline for applications is 12 noon (UK time) on Monday 7 January 2019.