Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Changing Character of Conflict Platform: Understanding, Tracing and Forecasting Change Across Time, Space and Cultures

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on an exciting new project directed by Dr Annette Idler in collaboration with Dr Robert Johnson and Professor Peter Wilson, and supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The project “The Changing Character of Conflict Platform: Understanding, Tracing and Forecasting Change across Time, Space and Cultures” aims to produce a comprehensive knowledge platform on how and when armed conflict changes, with a view to enabling governments and international organisations to adapt their strategies and policies to address ongoing and prevent future conflict.

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake quantitative research both independently and jointly with the Project Director and the project team, and in addition s/he will be expected to participate fully in the research life of the Department and the Changing Character of War (CCW) ProgrammeCentre. The postholder’s duties will include statistical analysis, model development, and the creation of interactive data visualisations, and engage with qualitative research approaches from across the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities. Applicants should therefore have advanced skills in research design and quantitative analysis, with excellent skills in web technologies such as JavaScript and html, and curiosity for novel interdisciplinary approaches, particularly in the Arts and Humanities. They should have demonstrable ability to use advanced data analysis software. The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in Statistics, Economics and/or Political Science, or be close to completion of a PhD in a relevant subject.

Applications must be made through the university website. Please click here for more information and to apply.

Research Support Assistance (RA)

Task: Support Dr Idler in work on the AHRC/ESRC-funded project “The Changing Character of Conflict Platform: Understanding, Tracing and Forecasting Change across Time, Space and Cultures”. The aim of the interdisciplinary project is to enhance understanding of change in armed conflict by exploring various dimensions of change from an arts, humanities, and social sciences perspective.


  • To carry out literature reviews relevant to the five dimensions of change in conflict, namely actors involved in conflict, the impact of conflict on people and societies, the environments in which conflict takes place, the methods used in conflict and the resources that drive conflict
  • To assist Dr Idler and the interdisciplinary research team in further project-activities

Skills required:

  • Experience in carrying out research in the fields of conflict, security, or related subjects (essential)
  • Be able to work independently and under tight deadlines (essential)
  • Experience in working with an interdisciplinary research team (desired)

Start date: As soon as possible

Duration: Up to 12 weeks

Rate of pay: £12.74 per hour (including holiday entitlement)

For further information regarding this work, please see the project website ( or contact: Dr Annette Idler at

How to apply: Please send your CV and a short statement to Magda Rzewuska Personnel Assistant DPIR, email:

The closing date for applications is noon on Thursday 18 December 2017

Masters students may not normally undertake more than 6 hours per week paid work for the Department, and DPhil students not normally more than 10 hours. The Department does not normally authorise students to work as research assistants for their academic supervisor without the consent of the Head of Department and the Director of Graduate Studies.