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Current Vacancies 

Research Assistant, Global Health Ethics (temporary role)

  • Grade: Grade 6, £16.07 per hour
  • Contract: Casual contract, maximum 12 weeks
  • Hours: Flexible, up to full time
  • Location: Big Data Institute, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LF and remote working
  • Reporting to: Professor Patricia Kingori
  • Deadline: 1 March 2024 but applications will be considered in the order in which they are received, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
  • To apply: Please send your CV and a brief email explaining your interest to If you have enquiries about the role please contact

Please note: the hours worked are subject to any restrictions on working hours that may arise from visa or other restrictions. If worked part-time, the duration of this role cannot be extended beyond 12 weeks. The engagement will be subject to satisfactory references and proof of right to work in the UK.

About the role

This post will be a member of the Fakes, fabrications and falsehoods in global health project team, led by Professor Patricia Kingori.

This research project seeks to understand how uncertainty and ambiguity, about the authenticity of products and activities, across a vast array of institutions, actors and locations, are reconciled in practice. It will also investigate the moral paradoxes associated with such uncertainty.

This project involves an interdisciplinary team of researchers and students, working across multiple global health institutions and geographic locations, including NGOs and global health academic and research institutions in Europe, Africa and South East Asia. It is funded by a grant from the Wellcome Trust (209830/Z/17/Z).

This role will make a key contribution to the project in this rapidly evolving area by:

(1) Conducting literature reviews and data collection, using a mix of qualitative research methods;

(2) Compiling a thorough and pertinent bibliography for the project;

(3) Generating content summaries of collected information where appropriate; and

(4) Contributing to papers based on the data produced.

Essential Criteria

  • Hold a Masters degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy or a humanities discipline
  • Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmes
  • Ability to manage own academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to assimilate information efficiently and accurately
  • Experience of contributing to publications/presentations
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including excellent written English
  • An interest in working as part of an interdisciplinary research team

Desirable Criteria

  • Hold a PhD/DPhil, or be in the final stages of a PhD/DPhil in, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy or a humanities discipline
  • Expertise in digital approaches to a social science or humanities discipline
  • Experience of conducting qualitative analysis of research interviews