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.


Permanent, full-time position
35 hours per week, 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday
Salary: Up to £28,000 per annum, dependent on experience

The Housekeeper is responsible for maintaining the highest standards of cleaning and hygiene throughout the College properties and for actively training, leading and motivating the Housekeeping team.

The Housekeeper will be expected to pro-actively promote a customer-focused approach amongst the team in relation to all our guests and visitors to the College and to lead by example.

This is a key leadership and management role, managing a large team and requires a highly-organised individual who is flexible and displays excellent people management and communication skills. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Housekeeper to develop their career within a beautiful historic setting.

Merton College offers excellent benefits including:

The deadline for applications is 9:00am on Tuesday 24 August 2021.

Database & Operations Manager

Permanent, Full-Time
£33,000 to £37,000 depending on qualifications and experience

We have a vacancy for an enthusiastic data management specialist to join our Development team as the College plans the next chapter in its Development journey.

This is a senior role within the team and the successful candidate will work alongside colleagues in support of various fundraising priorities and alumni relations initiatives. They will undertake a broad range of duties including managing the Development and Alumni Relations System (DARS) on behalf of the College, maintaining and developing Merton’s NetCommunity presence, undertaking gift processing and reporting, and conducting prospect research.

This is an exciting career opportunity for someone who has experience of database management within the not-for-profit sector and is ready to take a lead role and make a key contribution to the College’s fundraising efforts.

Merton College offers excellent benefits including:

For an informal discussion about the role prior to application please contact Mark Coote, Development Director at

The deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Thursday 19 August 2021.

Stipendiary Lecturership in Biology

Salary: £15,471 per annum (for a six-hour per week Lecturer)

We propose to appoint a Stipendiary Lecturer in Biology to teach undergraduates for an average of 6 weighted hours per week in full term from 1 October 2021.  Depending on the successful candidate’s availability, the post has a negotiable duration of either two years (i.e. 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2023) or three years (i.e. 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2024). Candidates only able to teach for 4 weighted hours per week will be considered, but priority will be given to those able to teach for the full 6 weighted hours.

The main duties of the post will be:

  • to teach undergraduates studying Biology for up to six hours per week in full term;
  • to share in the organisational responsibility for the Biology undergraduate degree;
  • to act as Director of Studies for a number of Biology students;
  • to provide study skills and pastoral support; and
  • to participate in the undergraduate admissions exercise.

The successful candidate will have completed, or be about to complete, a doctorate in Biology in an area covered by the Oxford undergraduate Biology degree. They will be able to provide teaching in at least one of the three core undergraduate first-year papers (Diversity of Live; Ecology & Evolution; How to Build a Phenotype) and for second- and third-year undergraduates in areas that are complementary to those already covered by Merton College Tutors (Animal Behaviour and Microbial Evolution). The ability to provide effective small group tutorial teaching to high-achieving undergraduates is essential.

The deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Monday 9 August 2021.
Interviews are expected to be held on Thursday 26 or Friday 27 August 2021.

Academic Officer

Contract type: Permanent, full-time.
Salary: £23,500-£26,500 per annum depending on experience.

We are looking for a proactive individual with excellent organisational and administrative skills to join the Academic Office team as an Academic Officer. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed individual to play an integral part in the effective running of a busy, professional office.

The Academic Officer will take responsibility for several critical systems and processes including maintaining the tutorial database and processing teaching payments, organising student progress meetings, undertaking right to work checks, and providing administrative support for the recruitment of some academic appointments. The role would suit someone who likes a varied range of duties and is able to produce detailed and accurate work, within established policy frameworks.

We offer an excellent benefits package, including:

Meals in College are provided free of charge when on duty.

The position may be discussed further with the Academic Registrar by emailing Katy Fifield.

The deadline for applications is 9:00am on Wednesday 4 August 2021.

Admissions Officer

Contract type: Permanent, full-time
Salary: £27,000-£30,000 per annum dependent on skills and experience

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with proven administrative skills to join the Academic Office team as Admissions Officer.

The Admissions Officer has responsibility for the planning, co-ordination, and delivery of all aspects of the undergraduate admissions process, including the organisation of the interviews. The post-holder ensures that this process is executed efficiently and to the highest possible standards for applicants and the College’s academic staff alike. They also administer the College’s Open Days and Degree Days (degree ceremonies and receptions). The Admissions Officer also handles admissions-related communications, helps to support the College’s outreach programme of events, and contributes to our publications.

We offer an excellent benefits package, including:

Meals in College are provided free of charge when on duty.

The position may be discussed further with the Senior Tutor by emailing Jane Gover.

The deadline for applications is 9:00am on Monday 2 August 2021.

Day Porter and Night Porter (Receptionist) - two vacancies

Contract type: Full time, average 42 hours per week, permanent position.
Shift pattern: Permanent day shift or permanent night shift.
Salary: £24,499 after probationary period - plus £1,000 night shift allowance with the Night Porter role.

The Lodge is very much the gateway to the College and on a daily basis our team of Porters welcome and assist a significant number of Fellows, students, staff and visitors from all over the world. The role is a very busy and public-facing one in which the Porters are required to provide the highest possible standards of service at all times.

We currently have two positions available:

If you would like to be considered for both vacancies, please select the relevant option when submitting your application form.

We would like to hear from applicants who enjoy working with and assisting a wide range of people, and who enjoy variety and responsibility. You will be naturally personable and able to demonstrate experience of working in a public-facing role that has involved providing great customer service.

Working hours are 42 per week on a ‘3 days on and 3 days off” 6-week cycle.

Benefits include:

  • the equivalent of 7.6 weeks' holiday;
  • meal allowance;
  • uniform;
  • membership of the OSPS pension scheme;
  • private health cover;
  • use of the College fitness facilities; and
  • on-site parking.

If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact the Head Porter, Huw James.

The deadline for applications is 9:00am on Friday 30 July 2021.

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