University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Gallagher Research Fellow

Gallagher Research Fellow

The Oxford Programme for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (OPSIS) has partnered with the Gallagher Research Centre and the Oxford Martin School to analyse global systemic risks, especially those associated with trade, maritime supply chains and food security, and their interactions with financial and political risks.

This new post will be funded from the Gallagher Research Centre and the Oxford Martin Programme on Systemic Resilience (SysRes). The Research Fellow will conduct independent research to provide new analytical insights into the scale and dynamics of systemic risks, and advance practical solutions.

This role within the SysRes programme will focus upon the resilience of global trade, examining the geolocation of supply chains and the infrastructure that enables trade in goods and services: ports, roads, railways, airports, digital communications, electricity. It will also quantify trade flows within these supply chains, in the first instance focussing upon food trade and potential food commodity shocks, but the extending to consider other trade flows. The SysRes programme is focussed upon developing effective responses to enhance the resilience of global systems, so the post-holder will explore a variety of different system interventions and will evaluate their effectiveness using newly developed system models.

The closely aligned research (as a Gallagher Research Fellow), will focus upon the propagation of systemic risks through global shipping networks, and how these networks may evolve in the future due to changing patterns in global trade, including those associated with the green energy transition. The research will examine the changing geographies of geopolitical risk, with a focus upon maritime ‘choke points'.

You will work in an interdisciplinary team which includes researchers with expertise in economics, engineering, governance and applied mathematics. The team will work interactively and dynamically, in order to quickly develop important new insights, drawing upon extensive research, data and modelling in Oxford University and amongst our international partners. There is a focus upon publication of results of the highest international importance and with engagement with stakeholders to ensure that new solutions for system resilience are taken up in practice.

A PhD in a field involving geospatial analysis, network analysis, economic modelling and/ or risk analysis. (A less experienced candidate may be appointed at Grade 7 with near in completion/working towards a PhD in relevant field alongside with a commensurate adjustment in either the essential criteria, responsibilities or duties.).Considerable research experience and achievement reflected by a growing reputation, a strong publication record and familiarity with the existing literature and research in the field. You have experience of high-level programming (e.g. Python) for systems analysis and experience of integration of heterogeneous models and datasets in systems analysis and validation. Capability to model global infrastructure, trade and supply chains. A motivated and enthusiastic individual who is able to generate new research ideas and approaches and pursue them to fruition. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and is a team worker.

The post-holder will report to Professor Jim Hall, who is Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks, leader of the Oxford Programme on Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (OPSIS) and Co-Investigator of the Oxford Martin Programme on Systemic Resilience. They will work closely with other members of OPSIS, as well as the SysRes team.

This is a full-time post offered for 24 months.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on 22 May 2024 and interviews and interviews will be held as soon as possible after closing.

Contact Person : HR Assistant Vacancy ID : 172969 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 22-May-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 8 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 45585 - 54395

Job details


Gallagher Research Fellow


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 16, 2024

Application deadline

May 22, 2024

Job type



Agricultural Science,Computer Science,Business and Economics,Engineering,Geosciences,Mathematics,Physics

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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