Researcher in Middle East Politics

LOCATION: Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College and the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies

SALARY: Grade 7: £36,024 - £38,205 per annum

Reference/ID: 165199


About the Role:

The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford, is seeking to appoint a Researcher in Middle East Politics to work on a project, led by Dr Neil Ketchley, collecting historical statistical data from the Arabic-speaking Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The project will also involve working with Professor Charles Kurzman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Arab Council for Social Sciences (ACSS). The post is full-time and fixed term for 18 months and may be subject to renewal, and is offered from 1st September 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will be responsible for identifying, collecting, and digitizing historical data (e.g. censuses, statistical handbooks, maps, etc.) from the MENA to be made publicly available via the ACSS Dataverse (

About You:

We welcome applications from early career researchers who have completed a first degree and/or a PhD/DPhil in a relevant subject area, with experience of collecting data from the MENA region. You will be someone who thrives in a collaborative environment, and you will have a commitment to open science and the public dissemination of data. The ideal candidate will use the data collected to advance their own research agenda. Knowledge of Arabic-language OCR engines and the R/Python programming languages is desirable, although training can be provided.

Application Process:

Applications are to be submitted via the Oxford University’s website here. They should include a covering letter and curriculum vitae along with a list of any publications and the names of three referees. The supporting statement shall explain how you meet the selection criteria using examples of your skills and experience which may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependants).
A detailed job description and selection criteria may be obtained here or by clicking ‘apply’. There you will also find further details of the application procedure.


If you would like to discuss this post or any other details that are not included in the job description attached, please contact Dr Neil Ketchley (Associate Professor in Politics) at


Please quote the recruitment ID 165199 in all correspondence. All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence; they will not form part of the selection decision.


The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon (UK Time) on Monday, 31st July, 2023.


The interviews will be held remotely as soon as possible after the closing date (in August 2023).


Applications are particularly welcome from women and Black and Minority Ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.


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