Bowra Junior Research Fellowship in the Humanities

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Wadham College seeks a fixed-term non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellow in the Humanities, from 1 October 2020.

Location: The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and Wadham College, Oxford UK

Salary: Non-Stipendiary

Application deadline: noon on 18 May

Applications are invited for a Junior Research Fellow in the Humanities, starting from 1 October 2020.   The post is intended to provide a college attachment for a post-doctoral researcher in TORCH, and will be tenable for one year in the first instance and renewable for a further two years, or until the Faculty research post terminates, whichever is the sooner. The post will not be renewed beyond the third year.

The post is intended to provide a college attachment for a post-doctoral researcher in TORCH; to be eligible candidates must therefore have such an association confirmed.

The successful candidate will have produced research of a high quality (taking into account the stage of their career). The committee will consider the degree to which candidates’ careers may be enhanced by such an association, and equally the ways in which candidates are likely to enrich the academic life of the college. Preference will be given to those who have not previously held an equivalent early career post. 

The Fellowship is designed to support the post holder’s career development, primarily through the support of their research. Participation in the educational activities of the college through paid tutorial teaching and involvement in admissions is also welcomed, and the College will take this into consideration in assessing applications. The post holder will also be asked to act as college adviser to a small number of graduate students. This role is a significantly lesser responsibility than that of a supervisor, but provides a graduate with a mentor in a related research area with whom to discuss their progress and career aspirations. As a Fellow, the successful candidate will be a member of the Governing Body and charity trustee.  They will hold the Fellowship under the terms of the College’s Statutes and By-laws. 

Candidates should send the following documents by email to the Warden’s Executive Assistant at Wadham College (

  • A covering letter;
  • A full curriculum vitae, including a summary of research history and future plans, and list of publications;
  • The names and email addresses of two academic referees

The post closes at noon on 18 May and Interviews are likely to be held the week commencing 25 May. Please note that the appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post. This will include proof of identity and references. Applicants should be aware that visa requirements will apply. 

The College is an equal opportunities employer and applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.