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Chichele Professorship of Social and Political Theory in association with All Souls College

Start date: 1st September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University of Oxford is seeking to appoint an outstanding scholar and teacher to the Chichele Professorship of Social and Political Theory.

The Chichele Chair was instituted in 1944. The appointment will be held in the Department of Politics and International Relations and in conjunction with a Professorial Fellowship at All Souls College.

The successful applicant will be a scholar of international distinction with an outstanding record of research achievements in the academic field of contemporary and historical social and political thought and theory. S/he will be able to contribute to the department’s research culture and output, taking a leading role in raising the department’s research profile and generating income. S/he will also be an excellent teacher and supervisor of doctoral and masters students, and will contribute effectively to the department’s programme of research training for graduate students.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 23 November 2016.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Applications must be made through the university website.

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Department Lecturer in European Politics

Grade 7: £30,738 - £37,768 per annum (with a discretionary range up to £41,255 p.a.)

(Fixed-term contract until 31 August 2019)

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford is seeking to appoint a full-time Departmental Lecturer in European Politics. Based in Oxford, this is a fixed term appointment for approximately two and half years commencing 1 January 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter until 31 August 2019.

The teaching and research topic will be European Politics with a focus on the European UnionThe main duties of the Departmental Lecturer will be to engage in independent research in European Politics and to provide teaching and supervision for the undergraduate degrees of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and History and Politics, and the MPhil in Politics (European Politics and Society) (EPS).

Applications must be made through the university website.

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Head of Administration

Grade 9: £45,066 - £52,219 p.a.

This is an outstanding opportunity to play a key role in the management of the Department of Politics and International Relations, a thriving department which is an internationally excellent centre for teaching and research.

Working closely with the Head of Department and other senior academic colleagues, the Head of Administration is central to the effective management and leadership of the Department, as well as to its efficient administration. You will have strategic, operational and compliance responsibilities and will oversee the development and implementation of the Department’s administrative procedures and systems within national and University frameworks.

Applications must be made through the university website.

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Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Political Science with a Specialism in Political Economy and/or Experimental Research

Grade 7: £30,738 - £37,768 per annum (pro-rata) subject to a pending pay award

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford is looking for a post-doctoral research fellow in political science with a background in political economy to work on an exciting new project that examines how European politicians use fiscal policy and the strategic timing of elections to improve their re-election chances.

The project “Measuring Fiscal Manipulation in Europe and its Links to Strategic Election Timing” is run by Professor Petra Schleiter and is supported by the John Fell Fund of the Oxford University. It aims to create novel measures of economic manipulation that address, shortcomings of previous indicators, and to validate and pilot the new measures. 

Applications must be made through the university website.

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RISJ Director of Strategic Development

Grade 9: £45,066 - £52,219 per annum with the possibility of a market pay supplement up to £66,000 p.a.

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in the Department of Politics and International Relations is seeking an individual to take on the role of Director of Strategic Development.

This newly created post will play a key role in building and developing the Institute as a research centre of excellence with a global reputation in both academic and journalistic circles. The post-holder will be expected to develop strategies for connecting the worlds of journalism research, policy and practice, and to increase the Institute’s output, reach and resources. The Director of Strategic Development will be vital in shaping strategic direction, forging and maintaining global networks, and identifying and securing funding opportunities.

The successful candidate will provide intellectual leadership, and will design and deliver successful, industry-focused research projects, events and courses to boost the Institute’s revenue and profile nationally and internationally. The post-holder will identify emerging issues in the world of journalism and lead the development of innovative approaches to exploring these issues. Further duties include generating new sources of funding, establishing relationships with potential sponsors and writing funding proposals. 

Applications must be made through the university website.

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Senior Research Fellow

Grade 9: £45,066 - £52,219 per annum

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) in the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford is seeking to appoint a senior research fellow to help develop and lead the institute’s comparative research on the intersection between digital media, news, and politics. The successful applicant will progress and define a set of research projects within this wider area, and lead the research, writing, and publication of this work, while simultaneously collaborating with colleagues across the institute and beyond to strengthen the institute’s ability to understand current changes in journalism and news media.

With the RISJ Director of Research, the post-holder will play a strategic role in developing of the research programme that advances the institute’s understanding of the intersection between digital media, news and politics. Further duties include generating new sources of international research funding and partnerships for the institute, including writing funding applications. The post-holder will also deputise for the RISJ Director of Research when necessary.


Applications must be made through the university website.

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Senior Summer Project Advisors

Not specified

The Blavatnik School of Government is seeking to appoint up to seven Summer Project Advisors (SPA’s) to support the activities of the school in a busy, stimulating, and challenging environment. The Summer Project is the final assessed component of the Master of Public Policy (MPP) course, taking the form of a minimum 6 weeks’ work placement with an organisation engaged in some aspect of policy work.

You will use your experience in the Policy area to manage a small group of students, providing advice and support through the process of securing an appropriate Summer Project placement. Your main responsibilities will include: recommending relevant host organisations to students from a list of organisations BSG has a relationship with, holding regular one-to-one meetings with students to see how their applications are progressing, attending regular meetings with the school-based Summer Project team and other Summer Project Advisors, and working with the Summer Project Manager as and when required to review the placement procedure and to help form and shape future operations.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in an advisory position. You will need demonstrable success in positive relationship management with both internal and external stakeholders and significant experience working in a similar role in relation to the field of Public Policy. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work both independently and in a team are essential. You will be organised, know when to use your initiative and when to seek advice, and be able to demonstrate a personable and diplomatic approach in dealing with a diverse range of people. An understanding of the needs of graduate students undertaking a professional degree, and coaching experience, are desirable.

These posts are fixed-term for 2 years.

Please send a cover letter and CV to by midday on Wednesday 26 October 2016.

Working With Us

Established in 2000, the Department is one of the largest teaching and research units in its field in the United Kingdom with over 100 active research staff working around five principal areas: Government, Theory, International Relations, the Politics of Development and the application of quantitative methods in political and social science. The Department is located in the new Social Sciences building on Manor Road along with the Departments of Economics and Sociology, the Centres for Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies and the new Social Science Library.

Application Details

Further particulars and vacancy details can be obtained by contacting the Personnel Office by email Information about non-departmental posts can also be found on noticeboards in the Manor Road building, on the University Job Pages and at

The University of Oxford is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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