Early career research

Junior Research Fellows

Junior Research Fellowships are full-time fellowships offered to early career researchers whose doctorate is close to completion or has recently been awarded.

We offer an unrivaled opportunity to spend three years establishing a research profile within a collegiate community, with scope to extend for a further year to complete a project.

We normally advertise four positions per year, across a range of subjects.

Junior Research Fellows
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Learn the root. Conquer the word

Vocabulous, an online learning platform, uses Latin and Greek root words to teach English word patterns. This report from Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson and Katrina Kelly reflects the findings of a year-long research trial investigating the efficacy of this platform in teaching word roots and vocabulary to Year 6 and Year 7 pupils across 11 schools in the north of England. 

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What our DPhil students do

Christ Church offers a wide range of graduate courses. See below for a taste of our DPhil candidates’ diverse research topics.


“In the UK roughly 80% of wasted energy is in the form of heat. Direct waste heat-to-electricity energy conversion represents a promising route to making our electricity base more sustainable. Waste heat from homes, automotive exhausts and industrial processes could be converted into electricity using thermoelectric generators – silent and dependable, solid-state devices that don’t rely on chemical reactions or produce toxic by-products.

“My project offers a special opportunity to join groups in two different Oxford departments (Chemistry and Physics). The hope is that novel solid-state compounds will be discovered, measured and controlled chemically with the aim of understanding the relationships between the composition, structure and thermoelectric performance.”

Lemuel, a DPhil candidate

“I'm researching how playing video games might influence the ways we think, know, and make meaning. As games become more widespread and integrated into people's daily lives, it's important to understand how they shape our relationships with knowledge. I take an ethnographic case study approach to do this, involving in-game interviews, diary studies, and semi-structured ethnographic interviews.

“My research builds off a pilot study I ran last year, where I interviewed players of ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ inside of the game itself. I explored how players use the game to reflect on their identities, express themselves creatively, connect with their friends and loved ones, and think critically about their own lives. In addition to examining player experiences, I’ll be interviewing game designers to understand their intentionality into such meaning-making experiences through play. I plan to develop design guidelines to consider what the future of everyday play can and should look like.”

Amanda, a DPhil candidate

“Temperatures in Southern Africa are rising at twice the global rate and the prevalence of hot temperature extremes, coupled with extended periods of drought, is increasing. Having contributed to the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report highlighting the impacts of climate change on ecosystems globally, I was made aware of the lack of understanding of how climate extremes are affecting the unique systems of the Southern Hemisphere. As a South African and former climate change researcher at the University of Stellenbosch, this question greatly concerns me. 

"I’ll be compiling a first-of-its-kind dataset for Southern African savannas on the physiological response of dominant tree species to a range of temperatures, including extended heatwaves, under varying levels of water stress along a temperature and rainfall gradient in Southern Africa.”