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Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellowships in Sociology (two posts)

Nuffield College - Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,150 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd August 2021
Closes: 27th September 2021

Nuffield College intends to appoint with effect from 1 September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter, two Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellows (PPRFs) in Sociology, broadly construed to include sociology, demography, criminology, social and medical statistics, public policy, and social policy. Applicants who wish to undertake interdisciplinary research in Sociology which includes Economics and/or Politics are also welcome to apply for the Fellowships. The College welcomes applications from candidates who work or plan to work in the field of one or more of the College’s Sociology Fellows, but this is not a requirement.

The key responsibilities of the Research Fellows are to engage in advanced study and independent scholarly research in sociology broadly construed (as above); to disseminate research findings through publication and participation in conferences and seminars; and to take part in the intellectual life of the College by organising seminars, workshops, or conferences. Research Fellows may also undertake ad hoc paid teaching or supervision within the collegiate University in Oxford, up to a maximum of 48 hours per year.

To be eligible, candidates should have completed, or be close to completing, a PhD/DPhil in a relevant field. Candidates must be within three years of the defence date (viva voce examination date) of their doctorate at the time of application. Allowances will be made for career breaks (for example, family-related leave) and candidates are asked to provide relevant information. Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously held a research fellowship similar to that advertised for more than one year at the time of taking up the fellowship. Prospective candidates should also have experience of carrying out independent research and a track record of excellent quality papers appropriate for and commensurate with their career level. They should have the willingness to contribute to the intellectual life of the College, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

The posts are full-time and fixed-term for three years, starting on 1 September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The posts will be based at Nuffield College. The salary offered is £32,150 per annum (salary for 2020/21; the salary to be adjusted with effect from August 2021 following the agreement of the 2021/22 pay award). Subject to availability, Research Fellows may opt to rent single accommodation in College. Benefits include a research allowance and free lunch and dinner in College.

Further particulars, including information on how to apply, are available from the College website at

The deadline for applications is Monday 27 September 2021.

Nuffield College exists to promote excellence in education and research, and is an equal opportunities employer committed to equality and valuing diversity. Applications are particularly welcome from women, from disabled people, and from black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in posts in the College.

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