Job: Research Officer (Global Economic Governance Programme)

The Blavatnik School of Government is looking to recruit a casual Research Officer to supporting the research activities of Associate Professor Emily Jones, and help with communications and events of the Global Economic Governance Programme (GEG).

Emily Jones’s current research focuses on UK trade policy, and this is an exciting opportunity to contribute to policy-facing research. The engagement would initially be for 12 weeks and with hours of work being between 10–20 hours per week (working hours can be flexible to accommodate other commitments you may have). Payment will be at the rate of £15.37 per hour, plus holiday pay.

Role duties

Research assistance:

  • Gather, analyse and present qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of sources
  • Undertake comprehensive and systematically conducted literature searches for relevant materials (book chapters, journal articles, published reports, news articles) and build up a citation library of relevant publications
  • Read and produce short summaries and assessments of key articles, book chapters and reports
  • Produce charts and diagrams for publications

Communications and events:

  • Assist with event management, including liaising with speakers and advertising to relevant networks, in collaboration with colleagues in the Blavatnik School communications and events team
  • Write up short pieces for the GEG website and edit content, in collaboration with colleagues in the Blavatnik School communications and events team
  • Other activities related to communications and events, as mutually agreed

Selection criteria


  • A master’s degree in a relevant social science discipline
  • High levels of accuracy and attention to detail when retrieving and inputting data, and providing information
  • A high level of self-motivation and flexibility, capable of taking responsibility for your work and for seeing tasks through to completion
  • A systematic, thorough and well-organised approach to work with the ability to work on a variety of tasks at the same time, and to deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent IT skills including experience in the use of the Microsoft Office suite, particularly Word and Excel
  • An interest in trade policy, particularly in the UK


  • Expertise in international trade
  • Academic training in law
  • Experience of literature searches and reviews

How to apply

Please email your application to with the subject 'Application for casual Research Officer (Global Economic Governance Programme)'.

Please include:

  1. Your CV
  2. A brief cover note/email (maximum 500 words) addressing the selection criteria and why you would like to be involved in this research. Also include any constraints around availability (eg term dates, thesis deadlines, future commitments etc)
  3. An appropriate sample of your recent work in English

The closing date for applications is 12:00 (midday) GMT on Friday 30 October 2020.