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Research jobs at Oxford University


This includes roles such as Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Postgraduate Research Assistant, Research Assistant, Research Fellow, Statistician, Clinical Research Fellow, Clinical Researcher, Research Nurse and Trial Coordinator.

How to apply

If you consider that you meet the selection criteria for a post and wish to apply for it, click on the Apply Now button on the ‘Job Details’ page and follow the on-screen instructions to register as a new user.  If you have previously registered with the online system, log into your applicant account.  Please note that for some academic vacancies a different approach is required.  The approach you should follow will be made clear within each advert.

The online application form will require you to complete a number of screens with your application details, relating to your skills and experience.  When prompted, please provide details of your referees and indicate whether we can contact them at this stage.  The Job Description and Selection Criteria document will specify how many referees are required.  For the majority of roles you will also be required to upload a supporting statement and, for some roles, a CV (or, for roles involved in the UAS pilot, a Supporting Evidence form – see below for further information).  The Job Description and Selection Criteria document will provide details of exactly what you are required to submit for that specific role.  The supporting statement (or Supporting Evidence form) should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria listed in the Job Description and Selection Criteria document.

Please ensure all uploaded documents include your name in the filename, along with a description of the document (e.g. “Chris Smith Supporting Statement.pdf”) and that they are not password protected or saved with ‘track changes’.  All documents should be saved as PDFs.  Please upload only those documents that are specifically requested in the Job Description.

All applications must be received by midday on the closing date stated in the online advertisement.

Should you experience any difficulties using the online application system, please email

Further help and support is available from

To return to the online recruitment system at any stage, please click on the following link

University Administration and Services (UAS) pilot

A number of UAS departments are piloting a new Supporting Evidence form in place of the supporting statement.  The Supporting Evidence form is intended to clarify the level of detail required in order to help you demonstrate your skills and experience to the recruitment panel.  If the post you are applying for requires you to use this new form this will be clearly explained in the Job Description and Selection Criteria document associated with the post and it is very important that you read this before applying.

Equality and diversity

The University of Oxford aims to provide an inclusive environment which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected to assist them in reaching their full potential.

To support the University’s equality and diversity policy we collect data on recruitment. Personal information provided by applicants for recruitment monitoring does not form part of the selection process and will not be seen by any member of the selection panel. In all cases, your ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration when making the selection decision.



The University has a number of travel schemes for staff.  Full information is available at

Bus Travel

University employees can purchase annual or quarterly bus passes at a discounted rate through the University.

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Train Discount

The University Train Pass scheme provides a discount on rail season tickets plus other benefits.

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The University offers quality childcare provision services at affordable prices to its employees. For full details about the services offered, please visit NB: Due to the high demand for the University’s nursery places there is a long waiting list.

The University also offers nursery fee payment schemes to eligible staff as an opportunity to save tax and national insurance on childcare costs. Please visit

Training and Development

A range of  training and development opportunities are available at the University.  More information on what is available for different roles can be found at

University Club

The University Club provides social, sporting and hospitality activities for all staff, postgraduate alumni, retired staff and associated institutions of the University. The University Club building is located on Mansfield Road, and incorporates a lively Club bar, where members can view all Sky sporting events, a cafe which serves food all day until 1700, along with various sporting facilities including a gym and floodlit 5-aside football pitch. There are also 14 en-suite bedrooms available to book at favorable rates for visitors to Oxford.

Further information is available at

University Sports Facilities

All University staff are eligible to use the University Sports Centre located on Iffley Road. The extensive facilities include: athletics stadium, football pitch, water-based astroturf, tennis courts (four hard courts, six grass courts), four court sports hall, Dojo martial arts hall, three squash courts, cardiovascular (‘Pulse’) gym, powerlifting gym and a competition-standard swimming pool.

Membership of the facilities is required (with the exception if fitness classes and swimming lessons). Retired members of staff are eligible for the same membership rates as current staff. Staff may apply to join any of the 78 sports clubs.

Further information is available at

Staff Restaurants

The University has various restaurants that are available to staff, for example, in the University Offices and University Club. These restaurants offer competitively priced meals, including vegetarian options, and are open over the lunchtime period and for morning coffee and afternoon tea.

Most hospital sites offer cafeteria facilities, which may be used by University staff employed in clinical departments. Facilities vary between hospital trust sites.

Further information is available at

BUPA – Eduhealth

Bupa Eduhealth Essentials private medical insurance offers special rates for University of Oxford staff and their families

Additional Benefits

For additional benefits such as discount at the University shops and free entry to colleges, please see the web page below.

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Summary of Terms and Conditions of Employment (Research)


The grade and full-time salary range for the role will be detailed in the advertisement and the job description and selection criteria document. If the post you are applying for is part-time the salary will be pro-rata to the number of hours you work.

Your starting salary will reflect your qualifications and experience. If your post is in grades 6-10 your salary will normally be automatically increased on 1 October each year (subject to completing three months service) until you have reached the normal maximum of the grade. Increases beyond this point may be available in certain cases as there is also a small ‘discretionary range’ for each grade.

For posts on grades RSIV, your starting salary will be agreed on an individual basis, taking into consideration your skills, experience, and personal qualities.

University salary scales are reviewed at a national level on 1 August each year.

For further details of the University’s salary scales visit

Hours of Work

Staff on academic-related grades (grades 6 – 10 and ALC6) work such hours as are reasonably required to carry out their duties to the satisfaction of the head of department, nominally 37.5 hours per week. Salary and holiday entitlement for part-time staff are calculated on a pro rata basis.

Pension Schemes

Eligible staff in grades 6 and above are automatically enrolled in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)  and into a salary exchange scheme, unless they choose to opt-out

Probationary Period

The appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a probationary period. The length of the probationary period will be set out in your contract of employment.


For a full-time appointment, the annual holiday entitlement will be 38 days (including bank holidays and some days to be taken in accordance with fixed closure periods in some departments).

For part-time posts the holiday entitlement is pro-rata.

Further information can be obtained from the recruiting department.

Sick Pay

Depending on length of service, employees who are absent from work through sickness or injury may be entitled to payment at the rate of full salary, for a period, through the University’s sick pay scheme.

For further details visit the staff handbook.

Maternity and Paternity Leave Schemes

The University’s maternity and adoption leave schemes provide new mothers and adoptive parents with primary care responsibility, who meet the eligibility criteria, with up to 52 weeks leave. This is made of up to 26 weeks full paid leave, up to a further 13 weeks leave on statutory benefits, and up to 13 weeks unpaid leave.

For further details of the University Maternity scheme visit

A paternity leave scheme provides two weeks paid leave to eligible new parents to support a primary carer, plus additional paternity leave of up to 26 weeks where parents decide to share the 52 week maternity leave entitlement.  For further details visit

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