University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Associate Professorship in Evidence Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation

Associate Professorship in Evidence Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation

Department of Social Policy and Intervention, 32 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2ER

The Department of Social Policy and Intervention seeks an outstanding candidate for the position of Associate Professor in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation. The appointment will be made in association with a non-tutorial fellowship at Green Templeton College, further details of which can be found in the further particulars. The post will start on 1 September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications are invited from candidates with an outstanding programme of empirical research in social or psychosocial intervention or policy evaluation research, with a focus on testing the effectiveness of interventions and policies to tackle social or psychosocial problems. Expertise in non- randomised methods (e.g. natural experimental or quasi-experimental designs) for policy evaluation would also be an advantage. However, we also encourage excellent applicants offering other approaches relevant to our research and teaching programme.

The successful candidate will have completed a doctorate in social or behavioural sciences or public health, or other closely related discipline. They will have an outstanding programme of research and a track record of securing research grants, along with the ability to teach, supervise and assess high-achieving graduate students from diverse backgrounds. Experience and knowledge of social policy and intervention evaluation methods, such as conducting randomised trials, quasi-experimental evaluations, or systematic reviews and meta-analysis are essential, along with an understanding of the issues involved in using research evidence to inform and influence policy and practice.

The appointee will be expected to engage in independent research, as well as contributing to teaching, supervision and examining at graduate level in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation. The post holder will be part of a lively and intellectually stimulating multi-disciplinary research community within the department as well as actively participating in the life of the college.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Jane Barlow, Head of Department ([email protected]). All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence and will not form part of the selection decision.

You will also be asked to upload a CV , including a full list of publications, a supporting statement (2-4 pages) and a research statement (2 pages maximum) . The supporting statement should explain how you meet the each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in education or employment. The research statement should summarise the past, current and future direction of your research, highlighting how your research has evolved and your key achievements.

You are also required to provide details of three referees whom you have asked to submit confidential reference letters.

Only online applications made by 12 noon UK time on 15 April 2024 will be considered. Interviews are likely to take place in May.

The Department of Social Policy and Intervention holds a Bronze Athena Swan Award which demonstrates our commitment towards advancement of gender equality in higher education and research institutions: equal opportunities, representation and success for all. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Contact Person : HR Team Vacancy ID : 171814 Contact Number : Closing Date & Time : 15-Apr-2024 12:00 Contact Email : [email protected] Pay Scale : ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (NON-TF) Salary (£) : 52,815 - 70,918 p.a.

Job details


Associate Professorship in Evidence Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


March 23, 2024

Application deadline

April 15, 2024

Job type

Associate Professor/Professor


Medicine,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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