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In addition to academic and administrative staff, Merton College employs specialists in a wide variety of fields, including conference organisation, housekeeping, catering, landscaping and maintenance.

Associate Chaplain and Career Development researcher

Four-year fixed-term contract, £29,819 pa plus housing allowance (or free accommodation)

We are looking to appoint a full-time Associate Chaplain and Career Development Researcher. This is a new post which will enable the postholder to divide their time between an active liturgical, pastoral and catechetical ministry in a collegiate setting, and doctoral or postdoctoral research in any academic discipline.

To be eligible to apply for this post, candidates should:

  • be a graduate in priests’ orders of the Church of England (or of a church in full communion with the Church of England);
  • have acquired a first degree, and at the time of appointment be engaged in doctoral or postdoctoral research in any academic discipline; and
  • have career development needs which this post would address.

The main responsibilities of the postholder will be:

  • Working with the Chaplain, to officiate at services in the Chapel, and to preach when required;
  • to act as pastor to the Chapel community;
  • to prepare members of the community for baptism and confirmation;
  • to prepare couples for marriage and officiate at their weddings;
  • to select incumbents for College Livings, preach at College Livings, when invited, and arrange for them to visit the College.
  • to liaise with the Verger to prepare for, and publicise, services;
  • to support, and work with, the student Chapel officers;
  • to co-ordinate the duties of the Pastoral Assistants and their supervision;
  • to ensure that the Chapel engages with Christians of all traditions within the College, including the Christian Union and Catholic Society representatives;
  • to lead the weekly discussion group;
  • to oversee the Chapel’s presence on social media and the College website;
  • to organise social events for the Chapel community and arrange the annual pilgrimage/retreat;
  • to encourage students’ voluntary work in the local community and more widely;
  • to participate in the out-of-hours rota to cover emergencies; and
  • to cover the Chaplain’s day off and any sabbatical leave granted to the Chaplain.

In addition, the Associate Chaplain will also be encouraged to develop new initiatives.

The postholder will also have an opportunity to devote a substantial proportion of their time to producing high-quality research.

Enhanced DBS Disclosure is required for this position.

For an informal conversation about this post, contact the Chaplain, the Revd Canon Dr Simon Jones, on 01865 276365 or at

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 31 March 2017
Interviews will be conducted on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April 2017.

Fitzjames Research Fellow in Music

Salary £29,819 pa, plus a housing allowance of £10,000 pa or free accommodation

We propose to elect a Fitzjames Research Fellow in Music for four years commencing on 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a prestigious career development post which will provide a promising academic with opportunities to develop as researcher and university teacher.

The main duties of the post will be:

  • to undertake innovative research in the broad area of Music (musicology, and/or music theory);
  • to contribute to the wider academic research projects in the University in Music, including establishing productive research collaborations with other academics in Oxford or elsewhere; and
  • to teach undergraduates reading Music for an average of six weighted hours per week in full term.

The postholder will be eligible for election as a Fellow of the College.

The successful applicant will hold, or be close to completing, a doctorate in a relevant subject area and demonstrate achievement (commensurate with the candidate’s career) in research at a standard which will contribute to and enhance the national and international profile of Music at Oxford. The ability to provide effective tutorial teaching to high-achieving undergraduates is essential. The postholder will also need to demonstrate:

  • aptitude for a full range of college academic duties;
  • the willingness to contribute to Merton as a member of its Governing Body; and
  • commitment to a personal career development plan.

The Fellow will be entitled to free meals, medical insurance, research expenses and other benefits.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Monday 3 April 2017.
Interviews will be held in College on 24 April 2017.


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