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Jobs and vacancies

This page contains details of Parks College vacancies that are currently open for applications, both employment opportunities and college fellowships. 

College Fellowships

Official Fellows

We are now seeking applications for a number of inaugural Official Fellowships, with appointment from Spring 2020.

Parks College is Oxford’s newest college and this is an unprecedented opportunity to become one of its inaugural Official Fellows, playing a key role as the College develops its policies and culture, ahead of admitting its first graduate students in October 2021.

The application deadline for the following posts is 28 January 2020:

Official Fellows (academic themes)

  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (up to 6)
  • Environmental Change (up to 6)
  • Cellular Life (up to 6)

Official Fellows (strategic posts)

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship (up to 2)
  • Environmental Sustainability (1)
  • Public Engagement with Research (1)

About Parks College

Parks College will be an inclusive and diverse community, comprising fellows at all stages in their careers, working in all four of the academic Divisions, GLAM and the administrative departments of the University. It will foster an environment in which a range of perspectives and approaches contributes to our broad interdisciplinary vision.

With a planned initial intake in October 2021 of 100 graduate students with interests in specified interdisciplinary themes, the college aims to provide a rich and stimulating intellectual and social experience, which fosters cross-disciplinary exchange. The target is to reach an annual intake of 200 graduate students by October 2022, including those studying for research degrees and on taught courses. In the interim we are running a phased recruitment process for our fellows, so that we can gradually build the foundations for the college's intellectual life, until our buildings are ready for occupation on the arrival of our first graduate intake.

In Trinity Term 2019 we recruited our Theme Leader positions and core College Officers. We are now recruiting around 20 fellows (approximately six per theme) to begin to develop our themes, as well as fellows covering areas of particular strategic importance to the College (innovation and entrepreneurship, public engagement with research, and environmental sustainability). These will be senior postholders without existing college attachments, who can reach out to a wide group of people within the university (including early-career researchers) to lay the groundwork for our vision for the College.

Advertised Fellowship posts

Those appointed will be members of the Governing Body, developing strategy, seeking out and proposing new approaches, and acting as advocate for their areas of expertise. They will be active members of a dynamic new body, seeking to address the big questions of the 21st century through interdisciplinary, innovative research and engagement. Together the College’s fellows will foster the culture of interdisciplinary exchange by organising regular college events that catalyse them, such as seminars, workshops, and reading groups.

All fellows will be advocates for the college on relevant committees and work with students, colleagues, alumni and donors to achieve our vision of a 21st century college.


Successful candidates will be elected to a fellowship on a five-year renewable basis (coterminous with the University employment) and, in recognition of the duties involved, will receive an annual allowance from 1st October 2020, as well as luncheon and dining rights from October 2021 (exact terms tbc). The allowance is likely to be in the region of £3k p.a. and can be paid either directly (and thus will be taxable), or as a research allowance (to support, for example, conferences, events, or research costs).


Applicants should work in any of the six areas, and commit to taking an active role in the academic life of the college, alongside a leading role in their specialism. Each area will be interpreted as broadly as possible.

These are not employment positions, and to be eligible applicants must hold an employment contract with Oxford University at grade 8 or above, as an academic-related member of staff, and for the ‘Major Themes’ positions, be undertaking independent research. 

Candidates with University contracts of less than five years are welcome to apply, with College election then coterminous with that shorter contract. The Selection Committees will however have regard for continuity in the college fellowship, and particular for provision for its graduate students from October 2021. University postholders who do not hold a contract beyond October 2021 are thus unlikely to be elected. Those who already have a Governing Body fellowship with another college or society will not be eligible. 

All applications must be received by noon on 28th January 2020.

In the New Year we will open our recruitment process to a wider group of researchers and administrative staff, including early career staff, and will set up a fourth major theme, potentially in Digital Humanities. We plan for these advertisements to go live in Hilary term.

Parks College will be a diverse and inclusive community and encourages applications from candidates of all backgrounds.