Peter J. Braam Junior Research Fellowship in Global Wellbeing

Oxford, England, United Kingdom

Job description

Salary £22,494 p.a., plus a housing allowance of £10,000 p.a. or free accommodation.

Merton College proposes to elect a Peter J Braam Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing for three years commencing on 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  This is a prestigious career development post which will provide a promising academic with opportunities to develop as a researcher. The postholder will be eligible for election as a Fellow of the College.

The main duties of the post will be to:

(i) Undertake independent research in a topic contributing to the solution of the most pressing global welfare problems facing the human race. These problems might be humanitarian, natural or political;
(ii) Contribute to the wider academic research projects in the University in the field of their research;
(iii) Undertake the wider duties and obligations of a Fellow of the College. The post holder may also, with the permission of Governing Body, undertake a limited amount of teaching.

The successful applicant will hold a doctorate in a relevant subject area and/or have published or forthcoming books or articles in refereed journals as appropriate to the candidate’s field, and must demonstrate achievement (commensurate with the candidate’s career) in research at a standard which will contribute to and enhance the national and international profile of the subject at Oxford. The postholder will also need to demonstrate willingness to contribute to Merton as a member of its Governing Body and commitment to a personal career development plan.

In addition to salary, the Fellow will be entitled to free meals, medical insurance, research expenses and other benefits.

The duties and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars on the Merton College website:

How to apply

Those wishing to apply for this post should complete the online application form at and upload:

  • a brief curriculum vitae incorporating a publications list and stating the titles of two short pieces of written work which they would submit in support of their application if shortlisted
  • a research proposal, not exceeding 1,500 words, for the three years covered by the Research Fellowship.
  • an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. The information collected on the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form does not form part of the selection process and will not be circulated to the selection panel. It will be used solely to monitor the effectiveness of the College’s Equality Policy which is published at

Applicants should arrange for three referees to write directly to the Warden of Merton by noon on the closing date of Friday 27 July 2018. References should be sent electronically to  Hard copy signed references will be required for the successful candidate.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 27 July 2018. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that their application arrives before the deadline.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Merton College is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

There are 38 independent, self-governing colleges at Oxford University. The collegiate system is at the heart of the University’s success, giving students and academics the benefits of belonging to both a large, internationally renowned institution and to a smaller, interdisciplinary, academic college community. It enables leading academics and students across subjects and year groups, and from different cultures and countries to come together to share ideas.