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.

Development Director

Highly Competitive Salary

Merton College seeks to appoint an outstanding fundraiser into the role of Development Director, a figurehead for alumni engagement and fundraising across the College. This is a key senior, strategic position for the College and comes at an exciting time, with Professor Irene Tracey recently appointed as the College’s 51st Warden.

A vibrant and diverse intellectual community, Merton is renowned for its rich history of excellence in teaching and research. Whether it is contributing to great works of literature, such as TS Eliot or JRR Tolkien, solving Fermat’s Last Theorem, designing novel malarial vaccines or via impact through the array of glittering careers held by its alumni, Mertonians take pride in using their considerable talents to make lasting impact in the world for the benefit of society.

Merton’s buildings and grounds are widely acknowledged as among the most beautiful in Oxford. Nestled in a quiet location with stunning views over the meadows, it has an understated confidence. Merton is, unashamedly, an intellectual powerhouse but it is not in any sense arrogant. It is a wise and deeply respected College within the broader academic community.

Merton has engaged its alumni now for more than 30 years. The Development Office was one of the earliest in Oxford. The College is now in contact with around 5,800 of its 6,500 living alumni and the participation rate of the College’s alumni is impressive. In 2014, Merton College’s 750th Anniversary Campaign raised over £30 million; the College’s alumni and friends have continued to support the College in the years since the successful end of the Campaign.

Leading a dedicated team of six, the postholder will be responsible for devising and implementing a creative fundraising strategy, which aims to deliver the College’s ambitious funding priorities. The main responsibility of the role will be to build and grow key relationships between the College, its members and other potential benefactors in support of a range of development goals that the successful candidate will be a part of shaping.

The College sees this appointment as an exciting and challenging opportunity for a strategic, energetic, committed and imaginative fundraiser. Reporting to the Warden and Governing Body, the successful candidate will bring an innovative approach to developing high-value relationships to deliver philanthropic income. As the College’s lead fundraiser, you will carry your own portfolio of major gifts prospects and will have an important role in the solicitation of six- and seven-figure donations. You will be expected to spend a significant part of your time meeting with current or prospective donors in the UK and overseas.

The successful candidate will be a confident communicator with well-developed interpersonal skills and an enjoyment of people. You will have a strong sense of integrity and a proven track record in securing philanthropic gifts, together with experience of a variety of styles and types of fundraising campaigns, expertise in relationship management, outstanding organisational and management skills and a passion for the mission of Merton College.

This is a unique chance to join one of the world’s leading academic institutions at a pivotal point as it embarks on the next phase of its 750-year history. With the recent arrival of the new Warden and endless possibilities for fundraising, this presents as a true career-defining opportunity for an exceptional individual.

The College recognises the importance of this position and a Fellowship will be awarded to the successful candidate.

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Peter J Braam Junior Research Fellowship in Global Wellbeing

Salary £23,754 pa plus a housing allowance of £10,000 pa or free accommodation

Please note that the College is reviewing the stipend for this post and may also need to adjust the balance of salary and housing allowance to be paid, but the new combined total will be no less than the total advertised.

Merton College proposes to elect a Peter J Braam Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing for three years commencing on 1 October 2021 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.

The main duty of the post will be to undertake independent research in a topic contributing to the solution of the global welfare problems. These problems might be humanitarian, natural or political, and can be broadly interpreted. The College will consider applications from a broad range of fields of study, including but not limited to international politics and development, economics, history, philosophy, law, medicine (e.g., epidemiology, virology, mental health), artificial intelligence and machine learning, etc., as long as a genuine case is made as to how the proposed research contributes specifically to the advancement of Global Wellbeing.

The successful applicant will hold a doctorate in a relevant subject area and/or have published or forthcoming books or articles in refereed journals as appropriate to the candidate’s field, and must demonstrate achievement (commensurate with the candidate’s career) in research at a standard that will contribute to and enhance the national and international profile of the subject at Oxford.

The postholder will be eligible for election as a Fellow of the College, and will need to demonstrate willingness to contribute to Merton College in that capacity and as a member of the College’s Governing Body.

The Fellow will be entitled to free meals, medical insurance, a research allowance (£3,800 pa) and other benefits.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 4 December 2020.

Junior Research Fellowships 2021

Christ Church, Merton College and St John’s College Oxford

The Governing Bodies of Christ Church, Merton and St John’s Colleges propose to elect in co-operation up to 13 Junior Research Fellows, in Arts and Science, according to an agreed allocation of subjects between the colleges. The current salary arrangements are listed below:

  • Christ Church: salary £25,941 pa plus accommodation allowance of £7813 pa
  • Merton: salary £23,754 pa plus accommodation allowance of £10,000 pa
  • St John’s: salary £23,754 plus accommodation allowance of £10,560

Please note that the Colleges are reviewing the stipends for this post and may also need to adjust the balance of salary and housing allowance to be paid, but the new combined total will be no less than the total advertised.

The fellowships are tenable either from 1 October 2021 or, exceptionally, with the agreement of the relevant college, from 1 September 2021.

Research Fellows are expected to undertake original research in some branch of the Humanities, Sciences or Social Sciences. They may be asked to undertake a limited amount of teaching. Depending upon their field of study, successful candidates will be based at Christ Church, Merton or St John’s College.

The fellowships are normally awarded to those who are approaching the end of their doctoral research or have submitted their doctoral thesis since 1 October 2019. The successful candidate must have a good Honours degree (either First or 2:1), or for EU/international applicants a qualification equivalent to a good Honours degree and hold, or be close to completion of, a doctorate. Students (such as medical students) whose doctorate interrupted their professional training, should have completed their professional training since 1 October 2019. They must also have research expertise in their chosen field as demonstrated by a completed doctoral thesis and/or published forthcoming books, or articles in refereed journals, as relevant to the candidate’s field; or promise of such achievement, as relevant to the candidate’s field.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 20 November 2020.
Shortlisting, interviewing and appointing procedures will be conducted in early 2021.

Stipendiary Lecturership in French

Salary £10,314 for the duration of the appointment (current rate).

Merton College proposes to appoint a Stipendiary Lecturer in French for Hilary and Trinity Terms 2021 (1 January to 30 September 2021).

The main duties of the post will be:

  • to teach undergraduates reading French for an average of six hours per week in full term;
  • to assist in the co-ordination of the subjects involving French in the College; and
  • to provide pastoral support to students.

The successful candidate will have completed or be about to complete a doctorate in the modern period of literature in French (1789-present), and will be able to provide teaching in French language at all levels; prescribed texts for 1st-year Prelims Papers III (Short Texts) and IV (Narrative Fiction); and 2nd- and 4th-year Final Honour School papers in the modern period. The ability to provide effective tutorial teaching to high-achieving undergraduates is essential.

The deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Wednesday 11 November 2020.
Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 23 November 2020.

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