Job: (Postdoctoral) Research Associate for Public Service Delivery Networks (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 a creative and enthusiastic early career researcher to investigate ongoing challenges in coordinating complex, multi-sector public service delivery networks. The postholder will be part of a team led by Dr Eleanor Carter (Research Director, Government Outcomes Lab) as part of a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship.

The Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab) is a partnership between the Blavatnik School of Government and UK Central Government. The GO Lab team is a world-leading centre of academic excellence to advance the study of outcomes-based commissioning and other mechanisms to support cross-sector partnerships, establishing this as an area of top-class academic research. 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 will be expected to manage their own academic research and administrative activities, adapt existing and develop new research methodologies and materials, including public service network mapping and contract analysis. 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.

A successful candidate will hold, or be close to completion of, a relevant PhD/DPhil (eg in a topic in social policy, law, socio-legal studies design, geography, public administration), or have equivalent research experience. You must possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the field of public service delivery, commissioning or social programme implementation to work within established research packages, along with previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations. Effective organisation and communication skills, along with the ability to work collaboratively and manage your own research and associated activities, are essential. The Government Outcomes 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 for four years and part time applications (minimum 0.6 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 on Friday 18 December 2020.

To apply, please visit the University of Oxford website.