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Closed 15th Feb 2021

Research Analyst, Oxford Information Labs

Oxford Information Labs (OXIL) has an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Research Analyst to work full time. The role offers interesting opportunities to work as part of a small, dynamic team on consultancy and research projects relating to cyber policy and internet governance.

Applications are sought from candidates with relevant academic qualifications and expertise in at least one of the following fields: law, political science, international relations, international political economy, cybersecurity and media and communication. Experience in policy, international law, cybersecurity, privacy or international relations are an advantage, as are language skills. Successful candidates will have excellent research and writing skills and a demonstrated capacity to work independently, meet deadlines, and contribute to a collaborative team. Shortlisted candidates should be available for interview.


  • Assisting on commercial consultancy projects relating to cyber policy and internet governance, including project management, development of working papers and liaison with clients and other stakeholders and managing client relations.
  • Preparation of research briefs and summaries on cyber policy and cyber security topics
  • Data analysis (using a variety of tools) and drafting of research papers – working independently or part of a team.
  • Assistance with Journal of Cyber Policy editorial tasks.
  • Identify potential new business opportunities and contribute to commercial bids and business development

Minimum requirements

  • Postgraduate qualification (eg Masters) in a relevant field an advantage
  • Ability to undertake thorough and accurate research tasks and prepare well considered summaries and reports
  • Strong organisational skills to manage and plan time effectively & efficiently to conduct innovative research independently and collaboratively
  • A team worker with strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working with or topical expertise related to cyber policy and Internet governance e.g. related to emerging technologies cyber security, artificial intelligence, online harms, standards

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and academic reference to Emily Taylor ([email protected]). Please note this recruitment process, including interviews, will be conducted remotely and the successful candidate will commence in the role working remotely for the duration of the pandemic restrictions. In normal circumstances, the successful candidate will work at OXIL offices as required to perform their tasks

OXIL is committed to diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from applicants from all backgrounds.

Persons considering applying for this position should note that the recruitment process for this position may be used to fill a commensurate position/s without any further advertisement or interview.

About OXIL

Oxford Information Labs (OXIL) is a cyber intelligence company founded in 2002 with roots in Internet policy and research and unrivalled expertise in the DNS. We work with clients to produce world-class policy research and thought leadership on Internet governance, cyber policy and cybersecurity issues, including emerging technologies such as 5G and IoT. Our technical team has proven big data analysis capabilities, and our policy team are recognised internationally for their expertise.

OXIL’s policy research includes providing clients with strategic advice, evaluations and risk assessments, targeted outreach, written reports, teaching, training, research, and issue tracking across a wide range of internet governance and policy issues for key players such as ICANN, EURid, Verisign and CENTR. Since 2017, OXIL has closely tracked the ICANN second Security Stability and Resiliency review (SSR2) on behalf of a major social media platform, and has provided expert advice on DNS Abuse, contractual compliance efforts, metrics and measurements. OXIL is the research team behind the long-standing EURid UNESCO World Report on Internationalised Domain Names. Every year, the team uses its technical skills to crawl the entire zone files of the gTLD space – nearly 200 million domain names. The research team has also provided the data analysis for large scale studies of the domain name marketplaces in the Middle East and Latin America (for ICANN) and for CENTR, the regional organisation for European ccTLDs.

OXIL team members have been closely involved in technical standards development relating to the Internet’s infrastructure within the Internet Engineering Task Force and the UN International Telecommunication Union, for which we have provided members of the UK delegation to the Plenipotentiary 2018. The OXIL team have authored numerous published papers on policy issues including China’s technical standards strategy, 5G and geopolitics, industry responses to electoral interference, and the role of social media platforms in mediating human rights. Areas of expertise include smart cities, Internet of Things, 5G and geopolitics. OXIL’s Emily Taylor has extensive experience of teaching and training on cybersecurity, Internet governance and EU law at European Universities, international telecoms regulators, and UK officials through Chatham House. Recent projects include development of a web-based vulnerability disclosure platform for consumer IoT devices, and educational materials including webinars and quick guides on key aspects of the ETSI EN 303 645 standard. OXIL team members are regularly called upon to give media comment on Internet governance and cybersecurity developments and have given evidence at parliamentary select committees on Defence (5G and Huawei) and Digital Culture Media and Sport (Covid-19 misinformation).

Closed Feb 2020

Associate Researcher - Part-time - negotiable

Oxford Information Labs (OXIL) is looking for a part-time research assistant to join OXIL's world class cyber intelligence team. OXIL works with a wide-range of clients—including governments, industry, international organizations and civil society—to conduct research across a wide-variety of cutting-edge issues at the nexus of internet technology, policy and governance. The individual selected for this role will work on topics, including:

• Social media, disinformation, and democracy;

• Cybersecurity;

• Internet governance, standards-setting, and multistakeholderism; and

• Human rights (especially language rights and diversity) online.

Duties will include assisting the editors of the Journal of Cyber Policy with editorial duties, drafting background memos and conducting desk-based research, participating in roundtables and government or expert meetings, and helping prepare reports or academic papers for clients.

Hours are part-time and flexible up to 8 hours a week. The research assistant should be friendly, proactive and a self-starter, with a broad interest in internet technology, policy and regulation. They should be able to work independently and as part of a team, have strong time management skills, and be able to meet deadlines.

OXIL is a cyber intelligence company, founded in 2002, and has two streams of cyber intelligence work.

Analysis: monitoring of global policy issues and threats arising from Internet and cyber technologies. We work with clients to produce world-class policy research and thought-leadership on emerging issues and threats.

Hands on solutions: design implementation and delivery of cyber security solutions, wifi configuration, website protection, domain name protection, network hardening, PEN testing and red teaming, certification and training. The successful candidate will be working in workstream 1, analysis.

Candidates interested in this position should email Emily Taylor ([email protected]) with an up to date CV and a short statement of interest by 16 February 2020. Applications will be notified of the outcome by 31 March 2020.