The Human Rights for Future Generations programme is looking for a research assistant to help with the editing, formatting and indexing of a book on ‘Human Rights and 21st Century Challenges: Poverty, Conflict and the Environment’. The book will be published in late spring 2017 by Oxford University Press and will be considered a major output of a four year programme of work.                         

Duration and hours

The work is to start immediately and will run until April 2017.

The hours will vary, but the assistant will be expected to work approximately 30 hours in total over this period and no more than 6 hours in any single week. There is a possibility that the contract will be extended (more hours or longer time period).


The post will report to Prof. Dapo Akande, and work closely with the HRFG editorial team (Dr Jaakko Kuosmanen, Dr Dominic Roser and Dr Helen McDermott).

Essential Requirements

A good understanding of the field of law and philosophy

An understanding of the field of human rights

Good admin and IT skills

Familiarity with academic research        

A native English speaker is preferred but not essential. The work can be carried out remotely as long as you have access to the internet.


This post is open to current graduate research students in the Law Faculty as well as Philosophy and Politics and International Relations departments. The hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students.

Rate of Pay

This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £14.56/hour plus holiday pay of £2.49 = total of £17.05/hour. **


This post will be funded by the Oxford Martin Human Rights for Future Generations Programme in the first instance.

How to Apply

An informal expression of interest and a short CV should be sent by 11th January to Helen McDermott by email to Informal enquiries beforehand are very welcome and can also be sent to

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.