Job opportunities

Details of our current vacancies can be found below. Any queries should be directed to

All appointments are made subject to right to work in the UK. To check eligibility and documentation requirements please visit the Home Office website.   Appointments may also be subject to pre-employment screening.

Somerville College values equality and diversity

  • Chef de Partie

    We are looking for a well-organised, experienced chef to work as a member of a team of chefs, running a section and/or meal service to ensure that a high standard of meals are provided at all times in compliance with the Food, Health and Safety Regulations and College policies.

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  • Access and Outreach Officer

    Increasing access for students from currently under-represented backgrounds is a strategic priority for Somerville College, so we are currently recruiting for an Access and Outreach Officer who can help us deliver this during an exciting time in its development. To be successful, you will have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to engage, influence and motivate people at all levels. You will have the opportunity to work with academic and support staff across the College to develop and implement access and outreach programmes to help attract the widest possible field of student applications.

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  • Nursery Assistant

    We are looking for a caring individual, with previous experience in a childcare environment to join our Nursery team in providing high standards of care, and support the all-round development of all our children in the nursery. You will help create a positive and happy environment for the children, using your Early Years Foundation Stage knowledge to provide a suitable programme of play and learning activities.

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  • Head Gardener

    We are looking for a self-motivated individual to manage and maintain to a high standard the gardens and grounds within the College curtilage and College houses. This is a hands-on supervisory position working alongside other garden staff.

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  • Weekend Lodge Porter

    We are looking for an individual to provide a first class reception service, operating the telephone switchboard, monitor college security and general porterage duties.

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  • Associate Professorhip in Physiological Metabolism

    Applications are invited for an Associate Professorship of Physiological Metabolism based at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Parks Road, Oxford, with effect from as soon as possible. The post is in association with a Tutorial Fellowship in Pre-clinical Medicine at Somerville College.

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  • Commis Chefs (x2)

    You will be involved in preparing meals of high quality to senior members, students and commercial customers, including fine-dining for events and special dinners. A good understanding of Food and Health and Safety Regulations, flexibility and a willingness to learn are essential.

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  • Housekeeping Assistants (Casual)

    Somerville College would welcome applications from candidates who would be interested in carrying out work on a casual basis in the Housekeeping Department. The shifts on offer may be mornings and/or weekends.
    Consideration will also be given to candidates who are interested in undertaking work for a fixed-term period over the summer conference season from June to October.

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Equal Opportunities

We are committed to affording equal opportunities for all within employment. Entry and progression will be determined only by personal merit and the criteria related to the duties of the post and relevant salary structure.  In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration. Subject to statutory provisions, no applicant or member of staff will be treated less favourably than another because of any protected characteristic. Where suitably qualified individuals are available, selection committees will contain at least one member of each sex.

Data Protection

All data supplied by candidates will be used only for the purposes of determining their suitability for the post and will be held in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the College’s Data Protection Policy.