***Postdoctoral Fellow in the Economics of Organized Crime***, University of Oxford – Department of Sociology

Location: Department of Sociology, 42-43 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1JD

Salary: Grade 7: £33,309 – £40,927 per annum, with a discretionary range up to £44,706 per annum

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Professor Federico Varese’s research group at the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. We are looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Economics of Organised Crime to join the CRIMGOV project.

The project (CRIMGOV) aims to rethink the concept of organized crime (OC) and will develop a new framework that distinguishes key activities of OC groups. It will study a broad range of organized crime in depth: local cybercrime production hubs, the international trade of drugs, the emergence of criminal governance inside and outside prisons.

The postholder will be an outstanding economist who is working in the field of industrial organization (IO) and/or political economy, with an interest in applying microeconomic theory to criminal markets and firms. A basic understanding of graduate-level applied econometrics and causal inference methods is also essential.

Applicants should hold, or be close to completion of, a postgraduate degree in economics, together with relevant experience. Candidates should be able to evidence a good research and publication record commensurate with career stage, demonstrate excellent communication skills including academic writing and have confidence presenting research proposals and results. A good knowledge of STATA, R or Python would be desirable, as well as experience of independently managing a discrete area of a research project.

This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years in the first instance.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV, as well as the details of two referees, as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 midday UK time on 13 January 2022.

Interviews are expected to take place (remotely via MS Teams) in the week commencing 31 January 2022.

For a full list of the selection criteria and responsibilities for the role, as well as information on how to apply, please view the job description here.

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