Dr Kira Allmann is looking for 1 research assistant to help with transcribing semi-structured qualitative interviews for a project on community-owned internet networks. Most interviews will be related to Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN), a community network based in the northwest UK. (For more information: https://theconversation.com/the-remote-british-village-that-built-one-of-the-fastest-internet-networks-in-the-uk-137946)

The RA will be responsible for listening to audio-recorded interviews with members of community networks and complete transcriptions using Otter.ai software (this is an AI-assisted transcription platform, which provides a preliminary transcript and timestamps that must be annotated and corrected for mistakes).

The RA may also contribute to some preliminary thematic coding of interviews if this would be of interest and allotted time allows, but it is not required for the post.

Duration and hours

Total number of hours of work available: 50 hours

Maximum number of hours of work per week (or explain variable arrangements): 8 hours

Start date: 10 May 2021

Date by which the work must be completed: 10 July 2021


The Research Assistant will report to Dr Kira Allmann.


  • A general understanding of qualitative research methods is essential
  • Excellent writing and English language skills are essential
  • Good admin and IT skills are essential
  • Attention to detail (such as spelling, grammar, contextual references, etc.) is essential
  • An interest in or reasonable understanding of digital exclusion, digital inequality, media anthropology or media studies is desirable
  • The work can be done in any place where you have access to a computer and internet connection


This position is open to current graduate research students in any University Faculty/Department and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students in the Law Faculty.  It is expected that the work will be undertaken in the UK.

Rate of Pay

12 weeks or less (casual engagement): This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £15.37 per hour (based on Grade 6 point 1)  plus holiday pay of £1.86 per hour worked (= total of £17.23/hour).


This position is funded by the Law Faculty’s Research Support Fund.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to kira.allmann@csls.ox.ac.uk by April 26th, 2021. Please explain how you meet the requirements for the role and give details of your availability during the proposed dates of employment.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference. 

Informal enquiries may be emailed to kira.allmann@csls.ox.ac.uk.