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

The Centre for Criminology is seeking to appoint a Research Officer to be a member of the Death Penalty Research Unit (DPRU) and work with the team and their partner organisations in the ‘Foreign Nationals and the Death Penalty Network’ on an exciting new project.

The successful candidate will work closely with human rights NGOs and one other academic partner in the Network as well as other relevant organisations to develop an interactive database of information on foreign nationals sentenced to death in Asia and the Middle East. This collaborative database – which will be made available to other NGOs, lawyers, activists and academics following its publication – will record accurate, up to date information on the prevalence and frequency of death sentences for, and executions of foreign nationals.  The post holder will be responsible for collecting and collating relevant data and building an interactive database to be hosted on the DPRU website. They will work closely with partner organisations but will report to Professor Carolyn Hoyle in Oxford, who will supervise the project.  

The successful candidate should hold a first social science degree, together with some relevant work experience; possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmes; an ability to manage their own research and administrative activities; good project management skills,including collating and checking information, planning dissemination events and supporting Network members in their engagement with the goals of the project; and excellent presentation and communication skills, including the ability to generate appropriate text and images for non-academic audiences, including the creation of engaging case studies.Holding a postgraduate degree in the social sciences and experience of contributing to research publications is desirable.

The data and material collected for this project is sensitive and could be distressing. Researchers in the Social Sciences Division receive training and support for conducting this type of work. The successful candidate is likely to have some experience in this or a similar field, but ongoing training and support will be provided for the duration of the project.

The post is part-time (0.5 FTE or 18.75 hours per week) and fixed term for 9 months.  It is hoped that the successful candidate will start in October or November 2020.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via and enter vacancy ID: 147458.  Closing date for applications is midday on 22 September 2020.  Interviews will be held soon after.