Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker

Grade 7: £32,817–£36,914 per annum

The Blavatnik School of Government is looking for a talented Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) project team. This is an exciting role at the centre of a globally important project - an opportunity to make an impact.

Launched in March 2020, OxCGRT is a pioneering tool that tracks and compares how governments have responded to the coronavirus outbreak around the world. The tracker systematically collects information on several different policy indicators such as school closures, testing, stay-at-home requirements and travel restrictions. Drawing on the data, the core team are regularly engaged in advising governments and international organisations, including the UN OHCA, the World Health Organization, and the UK Cabinet Office, Department of Health and Social Care, and Prime Minister's office. The OxCGRT dataset is used by governments, researchers, journalists and NGOs around the world.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the postholder will be an independent researcher with the willingness and ability to undertake research on policy responses to COVID-19. The postholder will be expected to develop ideas for new avenues of exploration, contribute to the development of indicators and indices that comprise the OxCGRT, and oversee projects within the OxCGRT. They will also be required to assist with workflow management for a wide range of analytic outputs, maintain an internal database of relevant literature, and contribute to outreach and engagement with other COVID-19 researchers.

A successful candidate will have a track record of internationally excellent publications, commensurate with the candidate's career stage; the ability to innovate and take initiative in developing new projects and methodologies; and a background in applied research. They should have strong quantitative data analysis skills; an understanding of statistical methods; experience in manipulating large datasets; and excellent communications skills, with the ability to work with a diverse team. A PhD (or near completion) in a related field is essential.

This post is fixed term for 12 months.

For full details of the post and employee benefits, please refer to the full job description.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 on Friday 9 October 2020.

To apply, please visit the University of Oxford website.