We are currently recruiting for the following two new positions:


Data Scientist/Data Hacker

Grade 7 (£31,076 to £38,183 per annum)

The Oxford Internet Institute is a leading centre for research into individual, collective and institutional behaviour on the Internet. We seek a full-time Data Scientist to work with Professor Mark Graham on two projects: (1) the University of Oxford funded incubator on ‘big data and human development’, which seeks to understand how we can address key issues in development with computational approaches; (2) the European Research Council funded Geonet project which seeks to map and measure the geographies of the internet.

In this exciting role, the researcher will work with small teams from around the university on short development-related projects. They will be in charge of collecting data via APIs, web scraping, and collaborations with platform owners, apply standard statistical analyses as well as bespoke computational analyses to address questions of economic, social, and policy relevance, and produce eye-catching visualisations of the results. They will also contribute to the dissemination of the findings through academic publications, reports, presentations, and social media.

The position is suited to candidates who have recently completed a postgraduate degree in computer science, GIS, economics, quantitative geography or sociology or other relevant discipline. Good programming skills and an interest in economic development are required.

Based at the Oxford Internet Institute, this position is available immediately for 12 months, in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter, funding permitting.

Download the job description and selection criteria

Please note that you may only apply through the Oxford University’s recruitment website.

Only applications received before 12:00 midday GMT on Monday 12 December 2016 will be considered.

Interviews for those short-listed are currently planned to take place on week commencing 16 January 2017.


Researcher in Digital Government and Data Science

Grade 7: Salary £31,076 – £38,183 p.a.

The Oxford Internet Institute is a leading centre for research into the relationship between the internet and society. We are looking for a full-time Researcher to work with Professor Helen Margetts and Dr Jonathan Bright on their qualitative research work exploring the current and potential use of data science methods by government

In this exciting role, the researcher will work closely with Prof Margetts and Dr Bright to deliver a landscape review of data science in both local and central government in and around Europe, based firstly on desk research and a survey and secondly interviews and case studies which look at novel uses of data science methods in government contexts. The researcher will be in charge of executing the research and disseminating the results. They will also contribute to a variety of further projects related to digital government.

The position is suited to candidates who have recently completed, or are in the process of finalising, a doctorate in Political Science, Sociology or other relevant discipline, but we also welcome applications from qualified individuals without a doctorate (e.g. candidates with government or industry experience or background in think-tank research). Experience with the qualitative methodologies employed in the project would be an advantage. Some knowledge of political systems and governmental institutions is essential.

Based at the Oxford Internet Institute, this position is available immediately for two years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter, funding permitting.

Download the Job Description and Selection Criteria

Please note that you may only apply through the Oxford University’s recruitment website

Only applications received before 12:00 midday GMT on Thursday 5 January 2017 will be considered.

Interviews for those short-listed are currently planned to take place on week commencing 30 January 2017.


Researcher

Grade 7: Salary £31,076 – £38,183 p.a.

The Oxford Internet Institute is a leading centre for research into individual, collective and institutional behaviour on the Internet. We are looking for a full-time Researcher to work with Professor Mark Graham on the ERC-funded project Geonet: Investigating the Changing Connectivities and Potentials of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Knowledge Economy. Combining extensive fieldwork, archival research, and surveys, this ambitious project will critically assess the changing landscape of digital entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa, and ask who benefits (and who doesn’t) from those changes.

In this exciting role, the Researcher will carry out extensive fieldwork in African cities (14-21 weeks in 5-8 cities) among digital entrepreneurs and startup workers in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as working at OII’s premises in Oxford. The Researcher will also contribute to the dissemination of the findings through peer-reviewed academic papers, project reports, events, blogs and social media.

Candidates should have experience of social science research in Development Studies, Geography, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Entrepreneurship Studies, Communications, Organization Studies, Management or related disciplines, including training and practical experience in qualitative research methods.

This position is available immediately for 12 months in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter, funding permitting. For qualified candidates, there may also be opportunities to teach course modules on our ‘Social Science of the Internet’ MSc course.

Download the Job Description and Selection Criteria

Please note that you may only apply through the Oxford University’s recruitment website

If no suitable applicants are identified on Grade 7 an appointment on Grade 6 (£27,629 – £32,958 p.a.) with an appropriate adjustment in the duties may be considered.

Only applications received before 12:00 midday on Monday 12 January 2017 can be considered.

Interviews for those short-listed are currently planned to take place on week commencing 6 February 2017.

Last updated: 9 December 2016