Job: Research assistant (politics/management)

The Blavatnik School of Government is seeking a part-time, fixed-term Research Assistant to help establish a new research project about improving public services. Working with the project lead, Dr Thomas Elston, Associate Professor of Public Administration, the Research Assistant will conduct a literature review of scholarly works and government/think tank reports on the topic of public service audit and inspection in the UK and internationally. The Research Assistant will gather and evaluate materials, produce a written briefing, and make recommendations for the design of a new, large and ambitious empirical study.  They may also be invited to co-author a published output from the project.

Project details:

High-quality, objective and expert audit is among the most promising, yet least researched, mechanisms of public service improvement. The Blavatnik School has secured funding from the Nuffield Foundation to establish the current state of knowledge about public sector audit and inspection, before embarking on the detailed design of a significant new study. The results of this literature review, which will be presented at an academic workshop next year, will inform several large grant applications to be submitted over the next six months.

Role details:

The Research Assistant will work ~8 hours per week for a maximum 12 weeks (there is flexibility to undertake more hours per week over a shorter period, which can be discussed at interview).  Payment will be in the range of £15.37–£17.85 per hour plus holiday pay. The research assistant can begin immediately, subject to having the right to work in the UK.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be judged against the following, but need not meet every criteria to apply:

  • Strong training in the social sciences
  • Interest in public policy/politics/public services
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills 

How to apply:

Please email your application to with the subject 'Application for casual Research Assistant for Nuffield Foundation project'.

Please include your CV, a brief cover note that describes how your education and experience meet the above selection criteria, and a sample of your academic writing.

The closing date for this post is midday Monday 21 October UK time. 

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