Job: (Postdoctoral) Research Associate for Place-based Partnership (Government Outcomes Lab)

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

The Blavatnik School of Government are looking for an ambitious early career researcher to collaborate with Professor Sir Paul Collier and the Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab) team in investigating place-based partnerships for social change.

The GO Lab is a world-leading centre of academic excellence to advance the study of cross-sector partnerships for better social outcomes, establishing this as an area of top-class academic research. The research centre was originally set up through a partnership between the Blavatnik School of Government and UK Central Government. The Lab is entering an exciting new phase and is quickly and significantly expanding its scope to include the study of alternative models for effective cross-sector partnerships that bring together government, private sector and social sector organisations.

The Research Associate for Place-based Partnership will have the analytical and deliberative capabilities essential for bridging different intellectual traditions, engaging with citizens, and spanning institutional and governance siloes. Candidates might be designers, anthropologists, sociologists, economists or psychologists. What will matter will be enthusiasm, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong rapport with others: including families living in challenging circumstances and the service and community workers around families. They will 'walk in the shoes of others' as well as have strong analytical skills and be team players with highly evolved capacities for self-organisation and self-motivation.

The postholder will manage their own academic research and administrative activities. They will adapt existing and develop new research methodologies and materials, including the use of Analytic Narratives. They will be required to prepare working theories and analyse qualitative and/or quantitative data from a variety of sources; provide reviews and targeted searches of related research and public activity; and produce group working papers on aspects of the work. They will also have the opportunity to contribute to ideas for new research projects and develop ideas for generating research income.

The successful candidate will hold, or be close to completion of, a relevant PhD/DPhil (eg in a topic in regional studies, economic geography, social policy, business), or have equivalent research experience. You should have an interest in the levelling up agenda in the UK. Effective organisation and communication skills, along with the ability to work collaboratively and manage your own research and associated activities, is essential.

The GO Lab is currently recruiting for a number of positions, therefore applicants will be simultaneously considered for other vacant research roles.

This post is fixed term until March 2023 and part time applications (minimum 0.7 FTE) will be considered. The Postdoctoral title will be awarded to a candidate who holds, or is close to completion of, a PhD/DPhil.

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 Monday 7 December 2020. We expect to hold interviews for this position w/c 14 December 2020.

To apply, please visit the University of Oxford website.