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Part-Time Personal Assistant

Grade 4: £21,220 - £24,565 p.a. (with a discretionary range of up to £26,829 p.a.)

The Department of Politics and International Relations is seeking a well-organised and detail-oriented Personal Assistant to provide administrative and secretarial support to the incoming Head of Department. This post offers an excellent opportunity to work collaboratively and very closely with the Head of Department, and with numerous members of staff within a widely renowned academic Department.

The key duties of the post will involve routine secretarial tasks such as producing meeting documentation, diary management, assisting with travel and events arrangements, and preparing complex documentation to support the duties of the Head of Department. Additionally, the Personal Assistant will act as a point of contact for arranging meeting requests, receiving visitors, and conveying other communications to the Head of Department.

The ideal candidate will have experience of administrative process management, ideally within a higher education environment, as well as some customer-facing experience. They will be able to work as part of a small team when necessary, and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to interact with others at all levels of seniority, within and outside of the Department. Furthermore, the ability to prioritise a variety of tasks, sound IT competency and experience of working with confidential matters are essential skills for this varied role.

Applications must be made through the university website.

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Personnel Assistant (Maternity Cover)

Grade 4: £21,220 - £24,565 per annum

The Department of Politics and International Relations is seeking a well-organised and enthusiastic individual to join our small but busy Personnel Team.  This post offers an excellent opportunity to develop your knowledge of personnel administration within a widely renowned academic Department.

The key duties of the post will involve assisting the (Acting) Personnel Officer with major recruitment exercises ranging from drafting vacancy adverts to preparing visa applications, administering the system for research assistant recruitment, maintaining annual leave and HRIS records and providing ad-hoc support to the Personnel Team.  

We are looking for an individual with strong administrative experience, preferably in personnel and/or in the Higher Education sector.  Sound IT competency, willingness to learn, ability to prioritise are essential skills for this varied role. The ideal candidate will have a proactive approach to work, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as great attention to detail.  CIPD entry-level qualifications would be beneficial, although training opportunities via Oxford University will be provided as required.

Applications must be made through the university website.

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Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Digital News (up to 3 posts)

Grade 7: £31,076 – £38,183 per annum (with a discretionary range up to £41,709 per annum)

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) in the Department of Politics and International Relations is seeking to appoint one or more post-doctoral researchers to work for one or two years as part of a larger project aimed at analysing media developments in a sample of more than thirty countries (most of them in Europe), with a particular emphasis on digital media, news, and politics.


The RISJ is looking for individuals who can take responsibility for and deliver on distinct parts of a larger project to advance our understanding of how journalism is changing in different contexts in light of the rise of digital media. These positions are an exceptional chance to be part of one of the largest international studies of journalism and news in the world.

The purpose of the larger project is to develop a better understanding of media developments in these countries (and their implications), including the interplay between analogue and digital media and the relation between news provision and news consumption. The project output includes both academic publications and publications oriented primarily at media industry professionals, practicing journalists, and policy-maker audiences.

Applications must be made through the university website.

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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 vacancies@politics.ox.ac.uk. Information about non-departmental posts can also be found on noticeboards in the Manor Road building, on the University Job Pages and at www.jobs.ac.uk.

The University of Oxford is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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