Job: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (International Law and Cyber Operations)

Grade 7: £32,817–£40,322 (with a discretionary range to £44,045) p.a.

The Blavatnik School of Government seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to carry out research on an externally funded project titled 'The International Law Protections against Cyber Operations Targeting the Healthcare Sector'.

The project was initiated against the background of the increase, during the COVID pandemic, in the number and severity of malicious cyber operations against the healthcare sector, including hospitals and facilities conducting vaccine research. In response to this growing threat, states, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and private actors have reaffirmed the need to protect the healthcare sector from malicious cyber activities. The existing protections offered under international law are at the heart of such discussions and the project aims to explore and analyse relevant areas of international law.

Reporting to Professor Dapo Akande, Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), the postholder will contribute to papers and articles linked to the project. They will help in organising workshops, conferences and working groups, and present papers at conferences or public meetings. They will also be expected to act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group, and lecture/tutor postgraduate students.

The successful candidate will hold, or be close to completion of, a relevant PhD/DPhil, together with relevant experience and sufficient specialist knowledge in international law, particularly the law applicable to cyber operations. They will have the ability to: produce original academic research, contribute ideas to new research projects, organise conferences, workshops and associated activity and work collaboratively across disciplines. Previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations and excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings, are also essential.

This post is fixed term for 12 months.

Further details for this position, including information on how to apply, are outlined in the job description.

The closing date for applications is midday (UK time) on Thursday 17 June 2021.

To apply, please visit the University of Oxford website.