Job offer in england Junior Research Fellowship in Politics, Political Theory and International Relations at University of Oxford

University College invites applications for a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in any field of Politics, Political Theory and International Relations, tenable for three years from 1 October 2018. 

JRFs are intended to provide opportunities for outstanding academics at the beginning of their careers. Univ has at any time between 8 and 10 JRFs in any of the subjects in which it has Fellows and Lecturers. JRFs play an important part in the intellectual and social lives of the College.

Further details about University College, including the research of current Fellows, are available from our website at

The primary duty of the post is to carry out research, but most JRFs offer a limited amount of teaching for the College, in the interest of their career development. Any such piecemeal teaching will be remunerated separately.

The primary criterion for appointment to the JRF will be research excellence. Candidates must: (1) have a strong educational record; (2) be approaching the end of their doctoral research or have recently completed their doctorates; (3) have research expertise demonstrated by publications, or demonstrate promise of such achievement; and (4) have a coherent plan of research for the duration of the fellowship. The potential to become an effective teacher will be a secondary consideration.

Candidates must be confident that they will have obtained their doctorates by the start of their appointment. Conversely, this position is not intended for those who have already held another stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship or equivalent or for those who obtained their doctorates more than two years prior to the application date (except in special circumstances).

The current stipend for a Junior Research Fellow not in receipt of other emoluments is £24,983 per annum, which would be reduced by the amount of salary support received from any other source, with a minimum stipend of £2,500 plus housing allowance. Free meals and free accommodation for the JRF in College, ordinarily a one bedroom flat, will be offered if available, or a housing allowance in lieu (£5,421 pa). The total salary package is therefore £30,404, plus generous additional benefits, including an academic allowance (£2,222), an entertainment allowance (£186), membership of USS, and private health insurance.

Selected candidates may be asked to submit written work, which may be one or two published or submitted articles, or a chapter from their thesis. Applicants should indicate on their application form what material they propose to submit, but should not at this stage submit any written work.

Application forms (downloadable from the College website should be sent to the Academic Services Manager, University College, Oxford OX1 4BH; email: by 12 noon (UK time) on Monday 8 January 2018. Applicants should arrange for three referees to send their references to the Academic Services Manager by the same date.  Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to be held on Monday 12 February 2018 (to be confirmed).

University College is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.