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Pembroke College – UK Charitable Trust Junior Research Fellow Opportunity

Posted on Oct 25, 2018 by in The OFI Blog |

Plaque honoring James Smithson at Pembroke College, Oxford

Pembroke College and the Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust wish to appoint a Junior Research Fellow, from 1st January 2019 for one year with the possibility of extension. The Fellow would be expected to spend 60% of their time pursuing their own research and 40% of their time working to further the bonds between the Smithsonian Institution and Oxford University.

James Smithson, the founder of the Smithsonian Institution, is one of Pembroke College’s most eminent alumni, and the college retains a close connection with the Smithsonian Institution through its UK Charitable Trust.  As the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, the Smithsonian Institution is a natural partner of Oxford University, and many links have grown up over the years between the institutions.

With advice from a small Pembroke/Smithsonian UK Steering Group, the Fellow will have an opportunity to:

  • Document the many existing global relationships between the different parts of Oxford University and the Smithsonian Institution;
  • Identify opportunities to support and develop these existing relationships and
  • Identify one or more new and sustainable projects and opportunities for joint working.

The Fellow may also have an opportunity t0:

  • Set up a viable infrastructure through which Oxford and Smithsonian can continue to work together productively.
  • Proactively establish communications between those involved in joint working and actively promote opportunities for collaboration.
  • Assist Smithsonian UK to organise seminars, workshops or other events to encourage knowledge sharing.

While this Fellowship may be offered as a fully funded award (including the research component), candidates who would like to pursue the Smithsonian project alongside a pre-existing part-time funded research post (in which case the proportion of time spent on the Smithsonian project would be negotiable) may also be considered.  Candidates should have a research interest that is linked to one of the many diverse areas of expertise of the Smithsonian.

The stipend for the role (when held on a full time basis) is £22,800 per annum and a housing allowance of £7,200 per annum is also payable. College accommodation may be provided in lieu of the housing allowance, subject to availability. Benefits include a research allowance of £1,545 per annum (at the discretion of the College) and all lunches and dinners when the College kitchens are open.

Further particulars are available on the College’s website here. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a covering letter, the names and addresses of three academic referees, and a research proposal (max 1,000 words) electronically to the Academic Office ( by noon Oxford time on Friday 11/16/18. Longlisted candidates will, at that point, be asked to provide two pieces of written work – these should not be submitted at this stage, but only once a candidate has received confirmation that they are on the long list for the post. Interviews are currently planned to be held on Friday 11/30/18.