Post-doctoral Research Fellow: From Conflict Actors to Architects of Peace: Promoting Human Security in Colombia and Internationally

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford is looking for a Post- doctoral Research Fellow to join a research team to work on an exciting new project directed by Dr Annette Idler, and supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

The project “From Conflict Actors to Architects of Peace: Promoting Human Security in Colombia and Internationally” explores the changes to the security landscape that accompany transitions from war to peace. In particular, it examines (i) how the reshuffling of violent non-state groups that occurs during such transitions affects conflict, security, order and governance; (ii) the implications for ethics and norms when the line between armed conflict and organised crime is blurred; and (iii) how historical turning points such as the end of Colombia’s armed conflict with the FARC fit within broader geopolitical shifts, and the world’s evolving security landscape. The project applies academic research to explore how Colombia’s security architecture needs to adapt and respond to a changing context in order to promote human security, both in Colombia and internationally.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in advanced independent and collaborative research in the field of ethics, norms and law in settings of armed conflict and organised crime with a focus on Colombia and its international context. S/he will also be expected to publish research of an internationally excellent standard, and to participate fully in the research life of the Department and the Changing Character of War (CCW) Programme. 

The post holder’s duties will include assisting the Project Director in the academic and practical organisation of two fora to be in held in Oxford in June 2017 and June 2018; to assist with publications in the aftermath of the fora and with the development of plans for the extension and consolidation of a research programme on the nexus of armed conflict and organised crime in Oxford. The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in the field of ethics and law in armed conflict, or be close to completion of a PhD in a relevant subject. Applicants should have previous experience of contributing to publications in the field of ethics and law in armed conflict and excellent administration and communication skills. Experience of engaging with defence and security-related practitioners and policymakers is highly desirable.

This post if offered on a full-time basis, for a fixed-term period until 15 August 2018, to commence 1 April 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. Further duties and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Dr Annette Idler in the Politics and International Relations Department (

 Applications for this vacancy are to be made online, quoting reference 127406.

 Closing date for applications is noon (UK time) on Friday 17th March 2017.

 The University of Oxford is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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