Remote Control examines and challenges new ways of modern warfare that counter threats at a distance, without the deployment of large military force. In today’s warzones, battles are increasingly fought through a combination of drone strikes and air strikes from above, knitted together by the deployment of special forces, intelligence operatives, private contractors, and military advisers on the ground.
This has made warfighting less transparent, and less accountable than in the past. It also lacks strategic foresight – firefighting against the threats we can see today, without addressing the root causes that might cause conflict tomorrow. This can produce blow-back, damaging the perceived legitimacy of operations and worsening long-term prospects for stability and security.
Our work has now reached a stage where the coming year will have a special focus on the UK’s use of remote control warfare in ongoing conflicts such as Libya, Yemen, Iraq and Syria, presenting an exciting opportunity for the right candidate in a dynamic and collaborative team. We are looking for an experienced researcher with a keen interest in our project to support our activities.
Location: The post will be based at our office in London, which is currently near Old Street tube station (Oxford Research Group, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, EC2A 4LT)
Hours: 37.5 hours per 5-day week with flexibility to work longer hours when necessary.
Salary: £26,000 per annum (there is a contributory pension scheme with an employer’s contribution of 6%)
Duration: Fixed term full-time contract for one year with the possibility of extension
Interviews: Will be held on 06 June at the ORG office in London. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to prepare a short writing sample of 500-800 words on a relevant topic, the details of which will be emailed to them in advance
Eligibility: Please note you must be eligible to work in the UK in order to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by 04 June 2016 we regret that you have not been successful in reaching interview stage.