Professor Carolyn Hoyle (Centre for Criminology) is looking for TWO research assistants to help her to gather data on foreign nationals on death row in Asia and the Middle East; one who is fluent in Farsi, the other fluent in Arabic (written and spoken in both cases). The RAs will assist Professor Hoyle’s Research Officer (Jocelyn Hutton) in contacting human rights organisations and others who may have information on cases of foreign nationals under sentence of death or recently executed in a few Asian/Middle Eastern countries. Work will include liaising with such organisations, gathering data and, in some cases, translating information for a database the research team are building.    

Arabic Speaker:

To research human rights organisations, contact them for data and translate any data received on the smaller Gulf and Middle Eastern countries.

Farsi Speaker:

To research human rights organisations, contact them for data and translate any data received from Afghanistan and Iran.

Duration and hours

The work should start as soon as possible and should be completed by 30 July 2021.

Maximum number of hours: 117 hours for each RA between the advertised start and end dates, and no more than 8 hours per week.


The post will report to Professor Hoyle.


  • Language skills (Farsi OR Arabic).
  • Accuracy and care in reporting.
  • Good organisational and communication skills.

The post holder is expected to primarily work remotely via a networked computer. Communication with the research team to discuss data and reporting can take place online, via email and ‘Teams’ meetings. However, if access to the Centre for Criminology is allowed by the University (under COVID contingency plans), team meetings can be held there. 


This post is open to current graduate research students in the University of Oxford, and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students in the Law Faculty.

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 post 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 ( by 5 May 2021. Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.