Grade 7 - £32,817-£40,322

Reporting to Dr Nicole Stremlau, the successful applicant will be a member of a research group in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies with responsibility for carrying out research for the European Research Council- funded project ConflictNet.  The post-holder will specifically contribute to a research stream that examines how social media and new technologies are changing everyday politics in areas where the state has limited reach or various public and private actors are providing goods and services. 

The postholder will Manage ConflictNet’s Work Package that focuses on analysing online speech, including hate speech, disinformation, and incitement to violence.  This involves coordinating and managing research assistants, based in Oxford and Africa, fulfilling reporting requirements and collaboratively delivering research outputs; develop research frameworks and methods, including computational methods, for researching online speech particularly in complex environments; oversee data collection, analysis and coding of online hate speech by research assistants and prepare working theories and analyse qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining theories as appropriate

The successful candidate will hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD/DPhil in  law; a publication record in the field of internet law and policy; experience with contributing ideas for new research projects particularly related to information controls (such as internet shutdowns), content moderation, hate speech, algorithmic bias, and freedom of expression; experience of working with computational methods on online speech and contributing to research funding application

The post is full time and fixed term until 31 July 2023

The postholder will be based in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via and enter vacancy ID: 147984  Closing date for applications is midday on Wednesday 27 January 2021.  Interviews will be  held week commencing 8 February 2021.