Grade 6: £29,176 - £34,804 per annum pro rata

The Death Penalty Research Unit (DPRU), housed within the Oxford Centre for Criminology and led by Professor Carolyn Hoyle, will be launched in October 2020. Academics and students associated with the DPRU will collaborate with partner organisations, in particular the London-based legal charity, The Death Penalty Project (The DPP), which has for 30 years engaged in litigation, capacity building and research on the death penalty in over 30 countries.

The DPRU is seeking to appoint a Research Administrator on a part-time basis, for a fixed period of three years, to work with the team on an exciting and ambitious new programme of work. The research administrator will be a key part of the team and will help with the smooth running of the Unit and its research projects as well as a point of contact for members of the Unit and our partners. They will help to secure additional funding for the DPRU and develop skills in writing for different, non-academic audiences and for promoting the work of the institute through the media, social media, and reports and policy briefs. The post holder will report to Professor Carolyn Hoyle.

The successful candidate should have a first degree in a related field, such as criminology, sociology or law; experience of empirical data gathering, coding and analysis and of using quantitative or qualitative data analysis programmes, such as Excel, SPSS and NVivo, and of using relevant software programmes to organise material, such as EndNote; sufficient specialist knowledge and interest in crime and justice generally and in the death penalty specifically and will be expected to participate fully and enthusiastically with the goals of the DPRU and good project management skills, including managing project budgets, organising project meetings, collating information, planning dissemination events and assisting team members to meet project timescales.

The post is part time (0.6 FTE or 22.5 hours per week) and fixed term for 36 months.

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 16 October.  Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via and enter vacancy ID: 147621.  You will be required to submit a CV and upload a supporting statement as part of your online application.

Candidates should review the DPRU website and prepare a short (approximately 750 word) article for the blog to launch the DPRU. The article should be submitted to by the closing date. 

Candidates should also arrange for two referees’ reports to be sent to by the closing date.