Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships at All Souls College Oxford

The College intends to elect up to five Post-Doctoral Research Fellows on Saturday, 21 January 2017.  The Fellowships will be open to candidates in the following subjects only: Life Sciences; Theoretical Physical Sciences (broadly defined); Classical Studies; Modern Languages; Literature in English; and Philosophy. Successful candidates will be expected to take up their Fellowships on 1 October 2017 or such other date as may be agreed in advance with the College.


Normally, the College will only accept applications from those who have been awarded their doctorate since 1 August 2014 or expect to have been awarded their doctorate by 1 October 2017.  (Doctoral award should be taken as the date of the successful defence of your doctoral dissertation at a viva voce examination or where there is no viva, the date of award on the degree certificate.)  If you believe there are special reasons (e.g. grave illness, parental leave) why you think these normal eligibility criteria should be waived in your case, you are encouraged to submit your application well before the 9 September 2016 deadline, including details for consideration by the Eligibility Panel.

The College welcomes applicants of any nationality as long as they meet the eligibility criteria set out in the Further Particulars but all appointments are subject to proof of Right to Work in the UK.  A successful applicant requiring a visa would normally be expected to apply for a Tier 1 (exceptional talent) visa seeking endorsement from a relevant competent body, normally the British Academy or Royal Society.

Job description

The primary duty of a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow is to pursue in Oxford an independent programme of advanced study and research for publication as approved by the College at the time of election.  Leave of absence to work away from Oxford may be granted on the recommendation of the College's Academic Purposes Committee, but only where the Committee is satisfied that such leave is necessary for the pursuit of the Fellow's programme of research.

Fellows are required to report regularly to the Academic Purposes Committee on their progress towards completion of their approved research programme within the term of the Fellowship. The College does not, however, regard Fellows as tied indissolubly to that particular programme and will be willing to entertain applications to vary it.  Post-Doctoral Research Fellows are also encouraged to undertake appropriate lecturing, teaching and supervision of research in the University.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellows are full Fellows of the College and members of its governing body. As such, they are expected to attend and participate in all College meetings and may be required to serve on College committees and assist with the annual Prize Fellowship examinations.  As the College is a charity of which the Fellows are trustees, the successful applicants must be eligible to be Charity Trustees and discharge this responsibility effectively.

Academic support

A Post-Doctoral Research Fellow is entitled to a study in College or one of its ancillary buildings.  Studies are connected to the University IT network and the College assists with the purchase of computing equipment with the balance funded through a Fellow’s academic allowance (currently £3,260 per annum). The latter is intended to support research expenditure including book purchases, conference attendance, etc..  Fellows may apply for additional funding to support research work or conferences.

If the research project is laboratory based, the College will provide additional funds for the Fellow’s laboratory consumables, up to a maximum of £5,000 p.a..

Remuneration and entitlements

Stipend:  The Fellowship currently carries an annual stipend of £41,101 to £42,845, including housing allowance of £9,272 (or £30,829 to £33,573 per annum for those who live in College or are otherwise not eligible for housing allowance).  To qualify for the higher rate of pay in any academic year, a Fellow must undertake to give not fewer than sixteen lectures in the University in that year.  Pay will be on a pro-rated intermediate scale if fewer lectures are given.  These stipends are paid on the basis that the Fellow is engaged full-time on the research for which the Fellow is elected.  The Fellowship may not be held in conjunction with another Fellowship or funding and should a Fellow receive remuneration from other sources, the College may adjust his or her stipend accordingly.  

Housing Allowance/Finance/Accommodation:  Subject to availability, the College may be able to offer at no charge single residential accommodation in the College or one of its annexes, but this is a taxable benefit and no housing allowance will be paid. A Post-Doctoral Research Fellow living out of College but within 25 miles of Oxford is eligible for a pensionable housing allowance of £9,272 per annum.  The College may also be able to help with partial housing finance. 

Pension:  The College is a member of the USS pension scheme in which Post‑Doctoral Research Fellows will be enrolled automatically.

Dining Rights:  Fellows are entitled to lunch and dinner at common table without charge.

Relocation Costs:  In appropriate cases, the College will also contribute towards relocation, including visa and NHS surcharge, costs.

Medical Insurance:  Fellows and their immediate dependants are also eligible for participation in the College’s medical insurance scheme.  There is no charge for this but it is a taxable benefit.

Childcare:  Fellows may be eligible for financial assistance in the form of tax relief. Where a Fellow uses a University nursery for childcare, it may also be possible for nursery fees to be paid under a salary sacrifice scheme.  

Application date
9 Sep 2016
Date of residence
1 Oct 2017
5 years
Europe United Kingdom
Humanities Classical Studies Linguistics Literature Philosophy Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 2 years
Grants available
Award granted
Ca. £ 43.000/year + accommodation + social security + research allowance