All Souls College proposes to elect up to five Senior Research Fellows with effect from 1 October 2014 (or an agreed later date) in Mathematics, Theoretical Physical Science, Classical Studies, and Politics & International Relations (all four subject areas broadly conceived).
A Senior Research Fellowship is of comparable academic standing to a statutory Professorship in the University of Oxford. Applicants are expected to have a correspondingly distinguished record of achievement in research and those elected may apply within the University for the title of Professor.
The primary duty of a Senior Research Fellow is to pursue a programme of advanced study and research in Oxford, approved by the College. Senior Research Fellows are members of the Governing Body of the College. As such, they are expected to attend and participate in all College meetings and may be asked to serve on College committees, to assist with the annual Prize Fellowship examination and, for a limited period, to hold a part-time College officership. Leave of absence may be granted on the recommendation of the College's Academic Purposes Committee. This allows Fellows to work away from Oxford for up to one term in six, when this would be beneficial to their programme of research. In exceptional circumstances, the College will entertain applications for further leave, but of no more than three consecutive terms. Senior Research Fellows may take on limited other commitments, subject to discharging the obligations of their Fellowship.
The College requires Senior Research Fellows to report to its Academic Purposes Committee every two years on the progress of their research programmes. The College does not regard Fellows as bound indissolubly to the particular programmes they have proposed and may permit Fellows to vary them. Senior Research Fellowships are subject to renewal by the College every seven years. The College will renew the Fellowship on evidence of satisfactory achievement and on presentation of a satisfactory programme of research for the following seven years (or until retirement).
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.
The College has adopted an Employer Justified Retirement Age of 67 for Senior Research Fellows.
All Senior Research Fellows will be assigned 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. In addition, the College provides an academic allowance of up to £3,134 to cover research expenses. Fellows can apply for additional grants towards research expenses and in support of conferences and seminars they may wish to arrange in College.
Stipend: The annual stipend of Senior Research Fellows currently ranges from £76,860 to £84,446 per annum (plus £5,997 housing allowance if applicable: see below) and is linked to a point on the Oxford University professorial salary scale. 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. The pay may be on an intermediate rate if fewer lectures are given. These stipends (reviewed in August) are paid on the basis that the Fellow is engaged full-time on the research for which the Fellow was elected.
Pension: Senior Research Fellows belong to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).
Housing Allowances/Housing Finance/Accommodation: A pensionable housing allowance (currently £5,997 per annum) is also paid provided the Fellow lives out of College but within 25 miles of the College and does not receive housing allowance from any other source. In some circumstances the College may also be able to help with partial housing finance. Alternatively, the College may be able to offer at no charge single residential accommodation in the College or one of its annexes; this is a taxable benefit and no housing allowance will be paid.
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 costs on similar terms to those offered in relation to University appointments. See details of the University's current Relocation Scheme.
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.
Informal inquiries are welcome and should be made to the Warden, the Academic Secretary (Angela McLean) or: Dan Segal for Mathematics; John Cardy for Theoretical Physical Science; Simon Hornblower for Classical Studies; and Jeremy Waldron for Politics & International Relations directly or via the 'People' section of the College website. The Domestic Bursar (Sarah Beaver) is also available to discuss the financial implications of a Fellowship at the College with interested candidates.
Candidates for a Senior Research Fellowship should apply using the online application process and will be required to submit:
The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Friday 20 September 2013 and for references, Friday, 27 September. The College may also take the initiative in seeking out candidates ahead of this deadline.
The College is committed to promoting diversity and particularly encourages applications from women and others with a protected characteristic. In order to enable the College to fulfil the effectiveness of its equality policy and procedures, all candidates are invited to complete the confidential recruitment monitoring form which is processed entirely separately from the applications and plays no part in the selection process. All appointments are subject to the satisfactory completion of a medical questionnaire and the provision of proof of the right to work in the UK.
The College obtains further independent references about short-listed candidates and will tell candidates if they are on the final short-list during the week beginning Monday 27 January 2014. Candidates on that list will be invited to attend informal meetings with the Warden and with interested Fellows and to dine in College on the Saturday evening. These meetings and dinners will take place on Friday and Saturday, 14/15 February and on Friday and Saturday, 21/22 February 2014. Appointment is by the election of the Warden and Fellows of All Souls as a whole. The election meeting is on Saturday, 1 March and the result is published that day.
The College would not make an election to a Fellowship if it did not believe that there was a suitable candidate for the vacancy.
All inquiries about the application process and submitted applications should be made to the College Secretary.