Postdoctoral Researcher

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Nuffield College
United Kingdom
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The role
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to support the Gwilym Gibbon Centre for Public Policy at Nuffield College and support and conduct research into British elections
and electoral behaviour using British Election Study (BES) data. In each element of the role, the person appointed will be expected to facilitate high quality original research and contribute
to the Gwilym Gibbon Centre and Nuffield College through a programme of research and research project support. This will include the College’s current collaboration with the British Election Study, as part of the current Scientific Leadership Team, run from the Universities of Manchester and Oxford.

Key duties will include contributing to a programme of original research using the BES and generating data analysis outputs for academic publications and public dissemination; supporting the Director of the Gwilym Gibbon Centre in a programme of collaboration with researchers and research centres and the current Scientific Leadership Team of the BES;  drafting material for dissemination online; assisting with data preparation and project management; and assisting with an ongoing programme of engagement and research impact with policy-makers and the media. The post offers an exciting opportunity to be involved in the continued development of a major research centre at a time of heightened interest in British politics, policy-making and British elections.

The person appointed will be eligible for election to a Research Fellowship at Nuffield College

The Project
The postholder will be based in the Gwilym Gibbon Centre for Public Policy at Nuffield College in the University of Oxford. The Centre was established with the aim of bridging academia and
public affairs through the provision of rigorous academic analysis of public policy issues (mainly in the UK). The Director of the Centre is Professor Jane Green, who is, together with
Nuffield College Official Fellow Geoffrey Evans, currently a member of the Scientific Leadership Team of the 2014-2018 BES.

The British Election Study (BES) is one of the longest running election studies world-wide and the longest running social science survey in the UK. It has made a major contribution to the
understanding of political attitudes and behaviour over nearly sixty years. Surveys have taken place immediately after every general election since 1964. The first study conducted by David
Butler and Donald Stokes in 1964, transformed the study of electoral behaviour in the UK. Since then the BES has provided data to help researchers understand changing patterns of
party support and election outcomes.

The responsibilities and duties of the post will include but not be limited to the following items:
Research analysis and dissemination

  • Conduct independent research using BES data and linked with the research activities and interests of the Gwilym Gibbon Centre at Nuffield College, in collaboration with the current Scientific Leadership Team of the British Election Study.
  • Generate data analysis and blogs for dissemination online.
  • Disseminate research findings through the publication of peer-reviewed papers, participation in conferences and seminars.

Data Management

  • Gather and prepare data for linking to survey data.
  • Support research project management in relation to data creation and recording.

Impact and outreach

  • Support a programme of engagement with policy makers, including producing reports, background research and dissemination events.
  • Support the dissemination of rigorous analysis in the media.

Support and capacity building

  • Help with the preparation of funding applications.
  • Contribute to the running of the Gwilym Gibbon Centre, for example, by organising seminars and events.
  • Work and conduct themselves in compliance with the University’s code of practice and procedure for academic integrity in research and relevant research governance procedures, (including those governing ethical research conduct, data protection, and Health and Safety).

Teaching and/or supervision

  • Optionally, and with the agreement of the Centre Director, undertake a small amount of ad hoc paid teaching or supervision within the collegiate University.

The person appointed will be based at the Gwilym Gibbon Centre for Public Policy at Nuffield College and will work under the supervision of Professor Jane Green, the Director of the

How to Apply
To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' link below. This will take you to the Interfolio Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register for an account (if you have
not done so previously) and log in before completing an online application.

For the online application you will be asked to complete an application form and a recruitment monitoring form, and to upload the following documents:

  • A cover letter detailing your motivation for applying for this post, and outlining how you meet the selection criteria.
  • A Curriculum Vitae including a full list of publications/working papers (please indicate your contribution if papers are co-authored).
  • Two paper- or chapter-length examples of your academic written work, ideally to include your own original data analysis.

You will also be asked to ensure that three full academic references are received via the Interfolio platform by the application closing date. As part of the application process, applicants
will be asked to provide their referees’ names and email addresses which will generate email reference requests from Interfolio to the referees, who will be invited to upload their confidential references directly to the Interfolio platform.

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The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon (UK time) on Monday 7th January 2019. Interviews are likely to take place on 29 January 2019.