How to Apply

  1. Search and view University jobs via the job search engine. Narrow your search by department or vacancy type, or to view all jobs, simply click ‘Search’ without setting any criteria.
  2. To apply for a specific job, click Apply Now on the 'Job Details' page and follow the on-screen instructions. This opens our online Applicant portal.
  3. If you haven't applied online for an Oxford University job before, you’ll need to register first - click Register Now. Otherwise, log into your existing account.
  4. The online application form includes up to 7 sections to complete, depending on the grade of the job. Fields which you must complete are marked with an asterisk (*). You'll be prompted to complete ‘Personal Details’ first. Click ‘Save and Continue’ to proceed.
  5. The Application Checklist will display; simply click on the section title to complete it in your preferred order. Completed sections will be marked with a tick.
  6. You can save your application and return to complete it later; click 'Save for Later' on the Application Checklist page.
  7. To continue with your application, log back in and click on 'My Applications' on the left-hand side menu. All applications must be received by 12.00 noon on the closing date stated in the job advert.
  8. Check your application thoroughly before submitting. Once submitted, applications cannot be edited. You will receive an email acknowledging your submission.

Please see special notes below on Referees and Uploading Documents.


  • Recruitment at the University is managed by individual departments. If you have queries about the job, contact the recruiting department using the contact details provided at the bottom of the job advert (within the ‘Job Details’ screen).
  • For questions about the online application process, including technical help, please visit


You will be asked to provide details of two or three referees. We will assume that we may approach your referees at any stage unless you tell us otherwise; please state clearly if you wish to be contacted before a referee is approached.

Ideally, your referees should be people who have direct experience of your work through working closely with you, and at least one of them should be your former line manager from your most recent job. Otherwise, they may be people who know you from recent college, school, or voluntary experience, and who have ideally acted in a supervisory capacity to you. Please tell us how each referee knows you.


  • Your referees should not be related to you.
  • If you have been previously employed by the University of Oxford, basic details, such as employment dates and the reason for leaving will be verified with your last employing department / unit. 


Uploading Documents

Check the Job Description for specific requirements for additional documents for the position to which you are applying, eg a CV. Only upload the documents that have been requested.

If uploading a Supporting Statement, please ensure that it explains how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post, using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education or during career breaks (such as time out for dependants). For advice on how to prepare your CV and Supporting Statement click here.

Any uploaded documents should be in PDF format, and include your name in the filename, along with a description of the document, for example:
'Chris Smith Supporting Statement.pdf'
'Chris Smith CV.pdf'

Documents must not be password-protected.  



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If you have queries about a job, please contact the recruiting department using the contact details provided at the bottom of the job advert.