Post-doctoral Research Associate to Work on Socialism Goes Global Project, Oxford University, UK

Publish Date: Apr 15, 2015

Deadline: May 20, 2015

The Faculty of History is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on the AHRC-funded project “Socialism Goes Global: Cold War Connections Between the ‘Second’ and ‘Third Worlds’ 1945 - 1991” ( This is a collaborative project between the University of Oxford and the Universities of Exeter, SSEES-UCL, Columbia, Leipzig, Belgrade and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Within the project, there are seven designated research themes: Socialist Development and Globalisation; Technology; Socialist Political Values; Revolution; Cultural Encounter and Representation; Race, Gender, Sexuality; Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy. Applications are invited from researchers capable of addressing any of the political, economic, cultural, or social aspects of one or more of these themes, whether from the viewpoint of one region, country, or group or with a trans-regional approach incorporating the perspectives of multiple global actors.

The successful applicant will work under the direction of Professor Paul Betts. S/he will be based in Oxford but will be expected to travel extensively to help gather information for the research team; s/he will hold a doctorate in a relevant field (either humanities or social sciences), have excellent oral and written English, and fluency in at least one East-Central European language.

The appointment is fixed-term for 1 year, commencing 1 November 2015. For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Professor Paul Betts at:

To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the links below.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on 20 May 2015. Interviews are expected to take place in mid-June.

Contact Person : Jeannie Scott Vacancy ID : 117942
Contact Phone : 01865 615019 Closing Date : 20-May-2015
Contact Email :


Manage academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management, in order to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines;

Adapt existing and develop new research methodologies and materials;

Prepare working theories and analyse qualitative and/or quantitative data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining theories as appropriate;

Contribute ideas for new research projects;

Assist in the preparation of research publications, and book chapters;

Present papers at conferences or public meetings;

Act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on methodologies or procedures;

Represent the research group at external meetings/seminars, either with other members of the group or alone;

Carry out collaborative projects with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups.

Selection criteria


Hold a doctorate in a relevant field within either Humanities or Social Sciences, or show evidence that a doctorate will be obtained by the start date of the appointment;

Fluency in at least one East-Central European language;

The ability to satisfy the University’s English language entry requirements(;

Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmes;

Ability to manage academic research and associated activities;

Previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations;

Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.


Fluency in more than one East-Central European language;

Experience of independently managing a discrete area of a research project;

Experience of actively collaborating in the development of research articles for publication.

Research Associate job description

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