Research Review Writer: Impact and Dissemination (part-time)

Application deadline: Monday 5 July 2021

£29,176 to £34,804 per annum (pro rata)

The Nuffield Politics Research Centre seeks to appoint a part-time Research Review Writer starting on 1 September 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for a fixed period of one year to support new dissemination and communication activities. The person appointed will work with the Director of the Nuffield Politics Research Centre, Professor Jane Green.

The successful applicant will be expected to provide in-depth syntheses and evaluations of the full breadth of high quality academic research on topical questions in current affairs; to write summaries of the academic literature identifying key findings, areas of debate, agreement and gaps in knowledge; to provide research-led answers to topical questions and to help identify those questions; to identify the strengths and weaknesses of current research (e.g. scope conditions, methodological issues, research design); to summarise the existing knowledge base on a range of politics topics for academic and non-academic publications; and to identify important new research findings for broader academic and non-academic dissemination. The successful applicant will also support events and other activities in the Nuffield Politics Research Centre contributing to the dissemination of the Centre’s academic research. Note that the function of this role is not to write literature reviews in research articles but to support an innovative synthesis model of dissemination.

Applicants should hold a masters level qualification in a political science or related discipline, and possess a good understanding of British politics. They should have experience of rigorous research synthesis and evaluation, and an excellent understanding of methodological and research design excellence, with the ability to critique, evaluate, and apply the highest standards of rigour of academic analysis and argument. Excellent writing skills for both academic and non-academic audiences, organisational skills, the ability to work to tight deadlines and collaboratively within a team are essential. Applicants working towards a doctorate in a relevant discipline are particularly welcome to apply. An interest in policy-making and political life, experience of writing syntheses of academic research and/or technical materials aimed at non-academic audiences, of online formatting and graphics, and/or of live communications would also be desirable.

The post is part time for 8 hours (0.23 FTE) per week, and fixed-term for one year. There will be an initial probationary period of three months. The salary will be in the range £29,176 to £34,804 (pro rata). Benefits include free lunch whilst on duty, a season-ticket loan scheme, and contributory pension scheme.

Full details of the role, including the selection criteria and how to apply, can be found in the Job Description.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Monday 5 July 2021.

Interviews are likely to take place in the week beginning 12 July 2021.

How to Apply

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:

  1. a curriculum vitae;
  2. a cover letter outlining your skills and experience, addressing the selection criteria and giving evidence of how you meet the requirements of the position; and
  3. either one 5,000 word piece of written work or two long essay-length pieces of written work that provide(s) a synthesis and critique of an area of academic research or a research question, identifying the strengths, weaknesses, gaps, and original evaluation in the piece(s).
  4. Another piece of written work of any length demonstrating ability to write for non-academic audiences.

On the application form you will be asked to provide the names, postal addresses, and email addresses of two academic referees to whom we may write at a later stage in the selection process to request references in support of your application. Please ensure that your nominated referees would be available to provide references in July 2021.


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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, disabled people and from black and ethnic minority candidates, who are currently underrepresented in posts in the College.