Job title: Research Analyst in Wellbeing Science

Department: Wellbeing Research Centre, Harris Manchester College, Oxford.
Location: Harris Manchester College, Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TD.
Grade and Salary: Grade 5, £25,941 - £33,797 per annum.
Hours: Full-time (would consider part-time for exceptional candidates).
Contract type: Fixed term until Sept 2021, with the opportunity to renew (3-month probationary period).
Reporting to: Director, Wellbeing Research Centre.
Start date: As soon as possible after appointment.
Closing date: Monday, 5th October 2020, 9 a.m.

The Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a full-time, fixed-term Research Analyst to work as part of our multidisciplinary team on important research projects at the Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Oxford. The postholder will primarily work on the 2021 World Happiness Report and a new book on wellbeing in the workplace. The postholder may also be given the opportunity to work on a ground-breaking textbook for empirical wellbeing research. The postholder will work as a researcher, writer, and editor on these projects at the Centre in their role as Research Analyst.

The postholder will get the opportunity to join a vibrant team of researchers who are working at the forefront of empirical wellbeing science. The Research Analyst will work under the supervision of the Centre Director, Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, the Centre Manager, Dr. Laura Taylor, and George Ward (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The postholder may also have the opportunity to collaborate with Professor Lord Richard Layard and Dr. Maria Cotofan (London School of Economics). This role presents a unique opportunity to learn and grow into an academic career.


The postholder will be responsible for conducting literature searches and detailed reviews on specific topics related to empirical wellbeing science which will be proposed by the research team. The role will also involve writing and editing articles and book chapters. The postholder will need an understanding of how to write for academic audiences and be able to work independently. This will involve an understanding of statistics and data science so that the postholder can read, summarise, and critique, academic research. The postholder will carry out collaborative projects with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups and contribute to collaborative decision making within the research group. The postholder may be asked to fulfill other duties commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post (for which the postholder has the necessary experience and/or training).

Selection Criteria

About the Wellbeing Research Centre

The Wellbeing Research Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Oxford which focusses on the advancement of the science of wellbeing. Our main focus is helping communities and organizations around the world to put wellbeing at the heart of their decision-making. The Centre brings together expertise from across the University of Oxford and beyond to advance our understanding of wellbeing science and in its first year has established itself as a global leader in empirical wellbeing research. The Wellbeing Research Centre team is based at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and further details about the team and our work can be found in this website and Twitter feed @OxWellResearch.

About Harris Manchester College

There are 38 self-governing and independent colleges at Oxford, giving both academic staff and students the benefits of belonging to a small, interdisciplinary community as well as to a large, internationally renowned institution. The collegiate system fosters a strong sense of community, bringing together leading academics and students across subjects, and from different cultures and countries.

Harris Manchester College (HMC) is a small, friendly community whose aim is to provide the best possible education for students over 21 years of age. A direct descendant of the Dissenting Academy established in Manchester in 1786, HMC has been a full college of Oxford University since 1996. The College currently has 114 undergraduate and 121 graduate students. There are 29 members of the Governing Body, as well as 29 Senior Research Fellows and 26 Supernumerary Fellows and 12 Research Fellows. Fellows’ research covers Business Management, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, History, Human Sciences, Law, Medicine, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, and Theology.

How to Apply

Please email your cv, a covering letter, and the details of two referees to

All applications must be received by 9am on Monday 5th October. Shortlisting will take place on 6th October and candidates who are invited for interview will be asked to provide a sample of their writing (this could be an essay, thesis, or another appropriate piece of academic writing) by 7th October at 12 noon. Interviews will take place on 9th October.

Harris Manchester College is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Important Information for Candidates

Pre-employment screening

All offers of employment are made subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post.

If you are offered the post, you will be asked to provide proof of your right-to-work, your identity, and we will contact the referees you have nominated. You may also be asked to complete a health declaration (so that you can tell us about any health conditions or disabilities so that we can discuss appropriate adjustments with you), and a declaration of any unspent criminal convictions.