History Research Associate at Oxford University

Deadline: 20 May 2015
Open to: people that posses doctorate in humanities or social sciences
Remuneration: GBR 30,434 to GBR 32,277 annual salary


Oxford University, in collaboration with the Universities of Exeter, SSEES-UCL, Columbia, Leipzig, Belgrade and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, has been awarded a major Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant to study the relationship between what were once called the ‘Second World’ (from the Soviet Union to the GDR) and the ‘Third World’ (from Latin America to Africa and Asia). As part of this initiative, they are offering a one-year paid job position based at Oxford to support postdoctoral research, beginning in November 2015.

After 1945 as both decolonization and new forms of globalization accelerated, new links opened up between the so-called ‘Second’ and ‘Third Worlds’. Contacts multiplied through, for instance, the development of political bonds; economic development and aid; health and cultural and academic projects; as well as military interventions. Yet these important encounters, and their impact on national, regional and global histories, have only played a marginal role in accounts of late 20th century globalization, which have mainly focused on links between the West and former colonies, or between the countries of the ‘Global South’. The seven designated research themes of the project are: Socialist Development and Globalisation; Technology; Socialist Political Values; Revolution; Cultural Encounter and Representation; Race, Gender, Sexuality; Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy. 


  • Manage academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management, in order to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines;
  • Adapt existing and develop new research methodologies and materials;
  • Prepare working theories and analyse qualitative and/or quantitative data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining theories as appropriate;
  • Contribute ideas for new research projects;
  • Assist in the preparation of research publications, and book chapters;
  • Present papers at conferences or public meetings;
  • Act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on methodologies or procedures;
  • Represent the research group at external meetings/seminars, either with other members of the group or alone;
  • Carry out collaborative projects with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups.


  • Hold a doctorate in a relevant field within either Humanities or Social Sciences, or show evidence that a doctorate will be obtained by the start date of the appointment;
  • Fluency in at least one East-Central European language;
  • The ability to satisfy the University’s English language entry requirements;
  • Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmes;
  • Ability to manage academic research and associated activities;
  • Previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations;
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.



Register in order to access the application. You will then be required to complete your application details, relating to your skills and experience. When prompted, please provide details of two referees. Please provide your two referees with a copy of these further particulars, and ask them to email their references directly to [email protected] by 20 May 2015. References must be send from institutional email accounts. 

You will also be required to upload the following:

  • A single-page (A4) document outlining how your expertise would enable you to work effectively on some of the seven themes;
  • A full CV;
  • Course transcripts;
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable);
  • A supporting statement which explains how you meet the selection criteria. The supporting statement should explain your relevant experience which may have been gained in employment, education, or you may have taken time away from these activities in order to raise a family, care for a dependent, or travel for example. Your application will be judged solely on the basis of how you demonstrate that  you meet the selection criteria outlined above and also send any evidence of transferable skills or experience which you may have gained outside the context of paid employment or education.

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All applications must be received by 12:00 noon (British Summer Time) latest by 20 May 2015. The interviews will be held by Skype in mid-June.

For any difficulties during you applying process you can write e-mail at [email protected]

For more information please check the official job announcement or visit the official website.

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