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Digital Communications Officer

£28,660 - £34,189 p.a.

The Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join the Research Communications and Impact Team.

The successful candidate will play a key role in achieving DPIR’s objective of using strategic communications to help the Department and its academics further their research and impact.

This is a varied role with responsibility for the digital presence of the Department. You will be responsible for creating content for the DPIR website, social media and other digital properties to highlight the Department, its research, academics, students and alumni, liaising with colleagues across the Department and the University. You will lead on the redevelopment of the Department’s social media, podcasting and blog strategies and create an intranet to support our internal communications.

You should be educated to degree level or have equivalent experience. Excellent written and verbal communications skills along with the ability to present information clearly and to explain complex issues to a range of audiences with varying levels of understanding, are essential for this post. Further selection criteria include experience in creating and developing a digital communications strategy, plans and content to further the aims and objectives of an organisation as well as evidence of using performance statistics to inform and improve future activity. Applications from candidates with experience and understanding of the higher education context and an interest in politics and international relations are welcome.


Applications must be made through the university website.

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European Journalism Observatory Editor

£32,236 - £39,609 p.a. (pro rata)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated editor to join the RISJ Head of Communications to work on the English language website of the European Journalism Observatory (EJO), a network that disseminates research on the media. The English EJO is based at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, Oxford.

The EJO has a special focus on central and east Europe, and knowledge of that region would be an asset. This enterprise is largely funded by an external grant from the Bosch Foundation, Germany.  The successful candidate will take primary responsibility for the development, commissioning and management of content for the EJO’s English language website. The editor would also research and write engaging web content, reporting on key developments in journalism. A key part of the editor’s role is also to commission and edit content from non-native speaking contributors.

You should hold a first degree or equivalent. Experience of writing for the web, keeping websites up-to-date, managing social media channels and familiarity with Wordpress, Mailchimp and web/media analytics tools such as Google analytics are essential for this position. Excellent analytical skills and initiative, including the ability to distil information rapidly from a wide range of sources are also required. A background in journalism and experience of collaborating with others, across borders is desirable, as is research experience including research design, data collection and analysis.


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 Information about non-departmental posts can also be found on noticeboards in the Manor Road building, on the University Job Pages and at

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Information about non-departmental posts can also be found on noticeboards in the Manor Road building, on the University Job sites  and at