This listing was posted on

12 September 2019

Length of contract:

3 years initially

Application deadline:

Sunday 27 October

The College proposes to elect up to nine non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellows in Clinical and Non-Clinical Sciences, if candidates of sufficient merit present themselves, without limitation of subject, from 1 January 2020. Candidates will be required to be engaged in research work within an Oxford University Department or Faculty, and to spend the greater part of the academic year in Oxford, and to notify the College of any changes to their circumstances.

All Fellowships carry Common Table rights (currently up to £47.73 a week for own meals in Hall), and other benefits. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. Preference will be given to candidates who have not already held a Junior Research Fellowship.

Non-clinical science candidates

In the non-clinical sciences, candidates must hold a doctorate by the commencement of the Fellowship (1 January 2020) and no more than three years should have elapsed since receipt of a doctorate. (Exceptions will be made only for candidates whose postdoctoral academic career has been interrupted by, for example, childbirth, family commitments, illness or compulsory military service. A statement giving reasons why an exception should be considered must be included with the application.)

Clinically qualified science candidates

Clinically qualified candidates with outstanding research records are encouraged to apply. Both laboratory and clinical research will be considered. Clinically qualified science candidates should have completed no more than four years full-time research by 1 January 2020.

Junior Research Fellows are not ipso facto members of the Governing Body of the College, but they are eligible to sit on nearly all College committees, and may be elected as representative members of the Governing Body. Junior Research Fellows may be asked to act as a College Advisor to graduate students.

Tenure and Renewal

Junior Research Fellows will be elected for three years in the first instance, and may apply for renewal for a further final three years (to a maximum of six years). Renewal, which is not automatic and is subject to approval by the Governing Body, is considered on the basis of satisfactory progress in research, evidence of adequate financial support for the further term, and, of course, good standing in the College. Those clinically qualified candidates who do not hold a doctorate will be expected to have completed one within the first three years of the Fellowship in order to apply for renewal.


The Fellowships are non-stipendiary. Candidates are asked to demonstrate their financial independence with evidence of their means of support. Where funds are applied for but not confirmed, any offer will be conditional on proof of funding being provided before the start of the Fellowship.


Candidates should themselves write directly to their two referees asking them without further request to send a confidential reference to Wolfson HR by the closing date. References should be emailed (as a pdf) to the HR office on


Applications, typed or clearly printed, should include:

  • a completed application form (word version) (pdf version)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • the names of your two referees
  • details of your current and proposed research.
  • Any additional information relevant to the application should be included in a covering letter.

Applications should be sent to the HR Office, Wolfson College, Oxford OX2 6UD, by Sunday 27 October 2019.

  • Please email your complete application to arrive by the closing date to: Please send as ONE pdf file (excluding the optional Recruitment Monitoring form which should be sent separately as it does not constitute part of the application.)
  • ONE paper copy of your complete application (single-sided and unstapled) must also arrive by the closing date.

OPTIONAL – if you wish to complete and return the optional Recruitment Monitoring Form, please send as a separate pdf. It does not form part of the application.

CLOSING DATE: SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2019 The College reserves the right not to accept late or incomplete applications received after the closing date.

Short-listed candidates will be notified during week commencing Monday 11 November 2019.

INTERVIEW DATE: THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2019 No alternative interview date will be offered, but it may be possible to arrange a video interview for overseas or long distance candidates.

Please note the College regrets it is unable to offer financial assistance towards travelling expenses in the current financial climate. Tel: (01865) 274118 email:

UK Border Agency legislation on the Right to Work in the UK Successful candidates will be required to provide satisfactory evidence of their Right to Work in the UK. This is a requirement for ‘unpaid’ positions as well as paid employment.

The closing date for applications is
Sunday 27 October 2019
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