The Bonavero Institute would like to recruit a Research and Events Assistant to provide support for research and events. The Research and Events Assistant will have the opportunity to get involved with a variety of research projects and events and become an integral member of the Bonavero team. With this in mind, the successful candidate would be offered a dedicated space to work in the Helena Kennedy Reading Room at the Bonavero Institute, once the public health crisis permits.

This role would suit a student who is highly organised, motivated and willing to work flexibly. We expect that the Research and Events Assistant will provide editorial, research and cite-checking support to research projects as well as support for the organisation and management of events, both online and when the public health crisis permits, in person. The Research and Events Assistant will be expected to be based in Oxford and/or at the Institute during term time. Some events will continue to run throughout the vacation period, however, with prior agreement from the Institute’s Director and Administrator, the Research and Events Assistant could work remotely when project work allows.

Once appointed, the Research and Events Assistant will be expected to attend the bi-monthly admin, programmes and events meetings. The precise nature of the work will vary but the Research and Events Assistant will have responsibility for working with the relevant Academic Lead for research projects and events. In regard to research, the Research and Events Assistant will support the finalisation of research reports and publications, including editing and cite-checking.  In relation to events, the Research and Events Assistant will assist with defining the event programme and agenda, liaising with speakers and inviting and welcoming participants. The Research and Events Assistant will ensure that written and audio-visual outputs from events and/or research projects are disseminated in a timely manner. Tasks may include writing up, editing and proof reading of academic reports/outputs, reviewing transcriptions and recordings.

We expect the Research and Events Assistant to be present at events, workshops and conferences as requested in advance. This role will support both the Programmes Manager and the Events and Communications Officer as well as other team members at the Institute (including lead academics) and will report directly to the Institute Director. The Research and Events Assistant postholder will also work closely with the Communications and Programmes Assistant and  the Events Assistant and provide support to both of them, including when they are absent.

Duration and hours

The role will be a fixed hours contract, for 8 hours a week (both during and outside of term time).

The position will be a 10-month post, and will start 1st September 2020.

You will not be required to work for more than 8 hours in any given week.


The post will report to the Institute’s Director.


  • A primary law degree.

  • A solid understanding and strong interest in the broad field of human rights law.

  • Excellent writing, editing and proof-reading skills.

  • Demonstrable social media, communications and IT skills.

  • Demonstrable Events Planning skills.

  • The capacity to work well in a team.


This post is open only to graduate research students in the Law Faculty or to those who have a current association as a graduate student resident at the Bonavero Institute. The post holder should have a strong interest in the broad field of Human Rights and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students.

Rate of Pay

This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £15.37/hour plus holiday pay of £2.63 = total of £18.00/hour


This post is funded by the Bonavero Institute.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) along with a brief writing sample should be sent by email to Dr Christos Kypraios, the Programmes Manager at the Bonavero Institute ( by noon on Monday 27 July 2020.  Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability over summer. Interviews, if  the committee consider they are needed, will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 29 July between 10h00 and 12h00 BST.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to