Job opportunities

Details of our current vacancies can be found below. Any queries should be directed to:  Human Resources Office, Somerville College, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HD,

Somerville is a forward-looking and adventurous College with a ethos of tolerance and friendliness. We pursue academic excellence through the encouragement of our students, support for the research of our Fellows, and the development and support of all the dedicated teaching and support staff. Whether as a member of our academic or support staff, you will find a warm welcome in a unique and exciting environment.

Please follow the application procedures detailed in the further particulars for each post and ensure that you quote the vacancy reference in any correspondence. We request that applicants download and submit an equal opportunities monitoring form with their application. Personal information provided for recruitment monitoring does not form part of the selection process and will not be seen by any member of the selection panel.

All appointments are made subject to right to work in the UK. To check eligibility and documentation requirements please visit the Home Office website

Somerville College values equality and diversity

Academic Vacancies

Associate Professorship of Biochemistry

Applications are invited for an Associate Professorship of Biochemistry based at the Department of Biochemistry, South Parks Road, Oxford, with effect from 1 September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The post is in association with a Tutorial Fellowship at Somerville College. The Associate Professor will join a dynamic and collaborative department whose goal is to address a wide range of questions relating to the fundamental basis of all cellular life from complex multicellular eukaryotes to single cell microbial organisms and viruses. The main duties of this post will be to conduct an independent research programme in their chosen area of biochemistry and to contribute, in their area of expertise, to teaching courses for Honours degree students in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences and Biology through lectures and practical classes, and to college teaching and tutorials.

You should have a higher degree (PhD/DPhil) in a relevant biologically related science; an ability to contribute to teaching and training of undergraduate and graduate students; a strong and developing track record of research in any area of molecular and cellular biochemistry; current research funding or an independent research track record likely to attract competitive research grant funding. You will also be expected to participate in the administration of Somerville College and the Department of Biochemistry.

An attractive financial package is offered to the successful applicant, including a College housing allowance of £7,925 p.a., plus other College benefits. An allowance of £2,655 p.a. would be made upon award of the title of Full Professor.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below.

Further details – Associate Professorship of Biochemistry

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 26 May 2017.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 July 2017.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, black and minority ethnic candidates who are underrepresented in academic posts in Oxford.

Early Career Development Fellow in Economics

Somerville College and the Department of Economics are recruiting for an Early Career Development Fellow in Economics. The Fellowship is intended to provide a structured development opportunity for an exceptional candidate embarking on an academic career in Economics. The Fellow will receive mentoring from a senior academic staff member, and will be offered a carefully tailored package of professional development.

The post is full time and is fixed-term for 4 years from the 1st October 2017.

The Fellow will teach undergraduate students and provide administration for the College, including assessment and interviewing for the annual admissions exercise. The Fellow will also provide teaching for the department and will mark examination scripts, but will not be expected to undertake other departmental administrative duties. The Fellow will also engage in research, with the intention of publishing in international journals. To support this, one term in the final year of the appointment will be designated as paid research leave.

Candidates should normally have obtained a PhD or equivalent by the 31st December 2017, and should not normally have completed a PhD or equivalent earlier than 1 October 2012 (with the exception of career breaks, e.g. for maternity / paternity leave). A high level of academic achievement, appropriate to the stage of the candidate’s career, is essential. Candidates will also have the ability, or the potential, to provide excellent tutorial and small group teaching. Previous experience of teaching would be an advantage.

How to apply

Please apply through the Economics Job Market Website

Before applying, please read the further particulars below.

CDF in Economics 2017 – Further Particulars

Your application will be considered by a joint panel consisting of members of the College and the Department.

Your application needs to be received by GMT 12:00 noon 8th May 2017 to be considered.

Interviews for the position are to be held in late May 2017.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.



Support Staff Vacancies

Nursery Cook

We are looking for someone who enjoys cooking and can cook healthy, well-balanced meals for our children following our nursery menus and catering for the children’s individual needs.

No formal qualifications are needed but you should be a good home cook, well organised in a kitchen and be able to communicate in English in order to follow instruction and menus. A Food hygiene qualification or knowledge would be desirable but suitable training can be offered in-house.

This is a part-time post, available immediately and temporary, in the first instance, until 30 September 2017 when the needs of the Nursery kitchen will be reviewed. The hours of work are Monday – Friday from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

For further details and to apply please see below:

FPs Nursery Cook 900260

Application Form (PDF)

Application Form (Word)

EO Form (PDF)

EO Form (Word)

The closing date for completed applications is 10.00 a.m. on Monday, 8th May 2017.

Interviews will be held in the week beginning 15th May 2017


IT Support Assistant – Student Placement (2017-18)

(Ref 900258)

Somerville is offering a fantastic opportunity for a student with a passion for IT to expand their knowledge and develop their skills working alongside our experienced and dedicated IT team. During this 13 month placement (starting in August 2017) we’ll provide subsidised accommodation in the College grounds, meals and a generous range of benefits, including access to the University staff sporting facilities and world-class libraries.

You’ll have the chance to work on a wide variety of projects and have the flexibility to work on your own initiative supporting our students, fellows and staff with a host of IT issues. You’ll hone your database design and implementation skills (preferably using SQL and PHP) and gain valuable experience in the use of a selection of Windows 7/8.1/10 Workstation, Windows 2008/12 Server and Apple Macintosh products. Knowledge of Microsoft Office packages is needed and training on any other packages and systems will be provided as necessary.

This is a customer-facing role which will allow you to interact with students and staff at all levels. You’ll enjoy communicating technical information in an accessible and clear way and be keen to help resolve all manner of IT problems in proactive and resourceful ways.

For further details and application material please see below.

Further Particulars

Application Form (Word)

Application Form (PDF)

Equal Opportunities Monitoring (Word)

Equal Opportunities Monitoring (PDF)

Interviews are likely to be held in the week of 8th May 2017

Casual Lodge Porters

(Ref 900252)

Somerville College would like to receive applications from candidates who would be interested in carrying out occasional work only and on a casual basis.

The Lodge is staffed seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, by a team of full time and part time Lodge staff providing reception and security services for the College.

The Lodge Porters will need to have the personal flexibility to participate in a shift rota comprising of a morning shift from 7am to 3pm, and an evening shift from 3pm to 11pm. Previous experience in a Security or College Porter role would be advantageous. A current first aid qualification would be desirable. The successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Further details and how to apply for this position are available below:

Further Particulars 900252

Application Form (PDF)

Application Form (Word)

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (PDF)

Equal Opportunities Monitoring (Word)


There is no fixed closing date for this post but interested candidates are advised to submit an application as soon as possible.

Somerville College values equality and diversity

Casual Housekeeping General Assistants (‘Scouts’)

Ref: 900253

We welcome applications from candidates who would be interested in carrying out occasional work only and on a casual basis in the Housekeeping Department.

The Housekeeping Department has a team of General Assistants, or ‘Scouts’, who are managed by the Housekeeping and Accommodation Manager and supervised by our Senior Housekeeping Assistants on a daily basis. Together the team are responsible for delivering a consistently high quality standard of cleaning and general housekeeping throughout the College. All rooms are cleaned to the required standard and are formally checked by the Senior Housekeeping Assistants prior to the arrival of students at the beginning of term time and visitors during the conference periods.

Members of the Housekeeping team carry out cleaning duties on a daily basis and clean any area of the College as required. This may include student rooms, Fellows’ rooms, administrative offices, communal areas, bathrooms, toilets and pantry areas. In vacation time Scouts prepare rooms for conference guests after students have departed, including making beds. Conference rooms are serviced daily, changing beds and towels weekly. Scouts are responsible for counting and bagging up of laundry for the Senior Housekeeper in designated areas.

The rate of pay will be £8.45 per hour.

The shifts on offer may be mornings and/or weekends. There are no guaranteed minimum hours per day or days per week/day. It is expected that successful applicants will be willing to work all reasonable hours offered and to work flexibly in accordance with the needs of the College.

Further details and how to apply for this position are available below:

Further Particulars 900253

Application Form (PDF)

Application Form (Word)

Equal Opportunities Monitoring (PDF)

Equal Opportunities Monitoring (Word)

There is no fixed closing date for this post but interested candidates are advised to submit an application as soon as possible.



The University of Oxford and Somerville College are equal opportunities employers.