University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Postdoctoral Policy and Research Associate (Lemann Foundation Programme)

Postdoctoral Policy and Research Associate (Lemann Foundation Programme)

Blavatnik School of Government, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford

About the Blavatnik School of Government

Our vision is of a world better led, a world better served and a world better governed. We are a global school committed to improving the quality of government and public policymaking worldwide, through three routes: teaching current and future leaders ; generating research with impact ; and engaging with governments and practitioners.

What we offer

The School is a collaborative, friendly, and dynamic department based in an award-winning building in Oxford. We host regular events and talks with well- known guest speakers – all of which are open to staff. On the social side, we have regular coffee/cake mornings for staff, a family-friendly Halloween event, and Christmas and summer parties.

As an employer, we genuinely care about our employees' wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that we offer including:

  • An excellent contributory pension scheme
  • 38 days' annual leave
  • Family leave schemes and a comprehensive range of childcare services
  • Cycle loan scheme and discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans
  • Membership to a variety of social and sports clubs
  • Opportunities for remote working.
  • More information about working at the School can be found on our jobs page.

    About the Role

    The Blavatnik School of Government is in search of a Postdoctoral Policy and Research Associate for the Lemann Foundation Programme for the Public Sector which aims to address public sector challenges and opportunities globally, with a specific focus on Brazil. Through partnerships with Brazilian institutions, engagement with public sector practitioners, and delivery of insights and training, the Programme seeks to reshape the Brazilian public sector by fostering research, disseminating knowledge, equipping leaders, and facilitating collaboration.

    As part of the Programme, the candidate for this role will support the Programme Director in various capacities, including research development, coordination of Brazil-focused activities, editing Programme outputs, and facilitating practitioner and academic engagement. The role emphasises translating knowledge into practice, fostering collaboration with the Brazilian public sector, and building partnerships to advance the Programme's objectives.

    About You

    You are expected to be motivated by (and committed to) the research mission of the Lemann Foundation Programme, and should possess sufficient specialist knowledge in public sector transformation to contribute to and compile an international body of research and practice. Holding or being close to completion of a PhD/DPhil in relevant fields such as public policy, law, public management, or organisational psychology is essential.

    You should have excellent communication skills, including being able to write for both academic and non-academic publications, present at conferences, and represent the research group at meetings, and the ability to translate research findings into concrete policy recommendations. Familiarity with Brazil and the ability to write and converse in Brazilian Portuguese is highly desirable.

    Application Process

    You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

    The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon (UK time) on Monday 20 May 2024.

    Interviews will take place during week commencing 27 May 2024 and will be online.

    Contact Person : HR team Vacancy ID : 172571 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 20-May-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £36,024 - £44,263 (with a discretionary range to £48,350) per annum, dependent on experience

    Job details


    Postdoctoral Policy and Research Associate (Lemann Foundation Programme)


    University of Oxford


    United Kingdom


    April 30, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 20, 2024

    Job type



    Law,Political Science,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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