Please note: Unless otherwise stated below, all applications close at midday (UK time) on the given date.
Academic and research
- Research Assistant (Qualitative Evaluation, UK Civil Service) – apply by Monday 6 February 2023.
- Research Assistant (INET) – Monday 27 February 2023.
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Everyone who works at the Blavatnik School of Government is passionate about our mission to inspire and support better public policy and government around the world. Working at the School is hugely rewarding – we deliver high-quality education for students from all around the world, develop excellent research with impact on real-world policy and create networks that enable policy leaders to learn from each other.
The Blavatnik School's employees have a variety of experiences and work in different roles. Our employees also enjoy a wide range of benefits as part of the University of Oxford network; from generous annual leave and pension entitlements, to professional development training and useful discounts on transport, childcare facilities, health and much more. For more information of available staff discounts and benefits, visit the University of Oxford staff benefits page.
Annual leave: we offer a generous holiday allowance of 38 days’ holiday per year (including public holidays) – pro-rata if you are part-time. This increases after five years.
New ways of working: Over the course of the 2021/2022 academic year, the Blavatnik School is trialling a framework on ways of working that is based on one developed by the University called ‘New Ways of Working’. This draws on our learning and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and, where operationally possible, seeks to facilitate informal arrangements for staff to continue benefitting from new working practices to support an effective work-life balance. Please speak to your line manager and/or the HR team about how the framework could be applied to your position.
Salary: our salary structure is nationally negotiated and includes automatic annual increments until you reach the maximum point of the service scale for the grade of your post.
Reward and Recognition Schemes: our annual schemes recognises contributions over and above your normal responsibilities and rewards employees who have performed well in all the key areas of their jobs.
Pension: every member of staff has access to a generous salary-related pension scheme based on employee and employer contributions.
Transport schemes: to help you manage your travel costs, the University offers a variety of schemes including: bus pass, train season ticket, bicycle loan, bicycle repair and car-sharing schemes.
Discounts: computing software, Ashmolean Museum Shop, The University of Oxford shop.
Maternity, paternity and adoption leave: we have schemes in operation which are significantly in excess of statutory entitlements.
University childcare: we offer a comprehensive range of childcare services, including subsidised nursery places and a subsidised play scheme. See details of our childcare schemes.
The Blavatnik School of Government is a fully wheelchair accessible building. All floors are serviced by lifts that are located at the rear entrance to the School, with lift controls located at a suitable height for wheelchair users. All our office spaces are fully accessible and each floor has accessible toilet facilities.
There are Blue Badge parking spaces at the front of the building and some additional parking space is available at the back of the building.
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP): EAP provides staff and their immediate family with free and confidential information and counselling services on personal issues. The service is provided by an external organisation which operates a helpline 24 hours a day.
Food and drink: our cafe, located on the ground floor, provides a range of breakfast and lunch options. There are also kitchens on Levels 2, 3 and 5 with free tea and coffee.
Bike storage and showers: the School has indoor bike storage, lockers and shower facilities for those who cycle to work.
Learning and development
Talks, seminars and conferences: in term time the School hosts regular events and talks with well-known guest speakers that are open to all staff.
Oxford Learning Institute: provide a variety of courses for free, including courses on leadership and management, personal development and programmes for women and newcomers.
Staff learning scheme: a framework to assist employees to apply for internal funding for personal training.
LinkedIn Learning: Staff receive free, unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning training portal.
Access to colleges: University employees and one guest may visit Oxford University's Colleges and Halls for free with a University staff card.
Bodleian Library: access to the Bodleian Library and the other Oxford University Library Services with a University staff card.
Botanic Gardens: University employees are able to visit the University of Oxford Botanic Garden free of charge with a University staff card.
What happens to my application once it is submitted?
You should receive an automated email from e-Recruitment to confirm that we’ve received your application. We will always try to review applications shortly after the specific role closing date but sometimes there are delays. If your application meets our selection criteria and you are assessed to be a strong candidate, we will invite you to attend an interview.
When will I find out if I have been successful?
We appreciate the time and effort put into your application and that if you are not shortlisted you may find feedback useful. However, we receive a high number of applications for each vacancy and regrettably we do not have the resources to offer feedback to applicants who are not shortlisted for interview. If you attend an interview or complete an assessment and you would like feedback we will happily provide it.
Can I apply for more than one position?
As long as you meet the required selection criteria of the role (as stated in the advert), you can apply for more than one vacancy.
What will the recruitment process involve?
If shortlisted most vacancies would involve a two-part selection process which may also include a work-based assessment and/or task usually undertaken on the same day as your interview directly prior to the interview. Details of any tasks or tests will be provided to you if you are invited for interview.
How is the interview conducted?
All interviews are conducted by a panel who have received training in the University's recruitment and selection procedures, ensuring all candidates are given equality of opportunity during the interview process.
Do you have onsite visitor parking?
The only onsite parking available at the Blavatnik School is for disabled badge holders. The School is located close to Oxford city centre and a 10-minute walk from Oxford rail station. Alternatively, there are a number of efficient Park and Ride sites at strategic points around the city.
What are the academic posts available at Oxford?
Further information about the types of academic posts at Oxford is available on the main University of Oxford website.