We are currently recruiting for the following two new positions:


Researcher in Digital Entrepreneurship in Africa

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.

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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 GMT on Thursday 12 January 2017 can be considered.

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


Data Scientist

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 and Dr Joss Wright on a new project on ‘The Economic Geography of the Darknet’.

Relatively little is known about the geography of the global darknet trade. Although the strong anonymity on darknet markets prohibits any data collection about the geography of consumption of things like drugs and weapons, there is a large amount of data available about the sale of such goods and services.

This project seeks to employ techniques from computational social science and digital geography in order to achieve two primary objectives. First, we seek to use scrape relevant geographic information out datasets of darknet sales: building some re-usable data at the country level (e.g. ‘the number of heroin sellers based in every country’, ‘the total number of vendors selling weapons in every country’ etc.). Second, we seek to map, visualise, and analyse those data: using multiple variables (the various categories of products and services) to ask ‘what is the geography of illicit products and services?’ We hope to further ask ‘does the online trade of illicit goods and services have a significantly different geography from conventional mappings of that trade?’ In other words, can data from the darknet be used as a proxy for more traditional (and much harder to collect) data about illegal economic activities?

The position is suited to candidates who have recently completed a doctorate in computer science, GIS, economics, sociology or other relevant discipline (i.e. postdocs), but we also welcome applications from qualified individuals without a doctorate (e.g. candidates with industry experience). Programming skills, and experience with GIS are required.

Based at the Oxford Internet Institute, this position is available immediately for 12 months (as a part-time role) or 7 months (as a full-time role) in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter, funding permitting.

Please note: This role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored tier 2 visa under the points based immigration system, however applications are welcome from candidates who don’t currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a visa via another route.

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 26 January 2017 can be considered.

Interviews for those short-listed are currently planned to take place on week commencing 13 February 2017.


Postdoctoral Researcher in Ethics of Biomedical Big Data

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 are looking for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher to collaborate with Professor Luciano Floridi on the ELSI challenges posed by biomedical Big Data research, with a particular focus on requirements for medical data sharing platforms.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will review the literature, elaborate new analyses and hypotheses, and publish the results, in collaboration with Professor Floridi. The selected candidate will also contribute to the dissemination of the findings through presentations, the organisation of focus groups, participation in conferences, and social media.

The position is suited to candidates who have completed a doctorate in any relevant discipline, such as Philosophy, Law, Sociology, STS (the list is only indicative), with a demonstrable strong component of ethical and/or legal analysis.

Excellent writing, presentation abilities, and analytical skills are required. A record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals and the proven ability to obtain research funding, both commensurate with the stage of the candidate’s academic career, are very desirable.

This position is available immediately for 15 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 Friday 3 February 2017 can be considered.

Interviews for those short-listed are currently planned to take place on 20 February 2017.

Last updated: 05 January 2017