Dr Imogen Goold is looking for four research assistants to undertake analysis of cases relating to women and reproduction for a project entitled “Judging Women, Judging Reproduction: An Inter-disciplinary Analysis of Judicial Reasoning about Women in the Context of Reproduction”.

The project explores how the judiciary reason about women and their experiences during reproduction. It analyses a series of cases from multiple disciplinary perspectives: gender studies, psychology, sociology, literary theory, law and moral philosophy.

The project requires four research assistants, one each with a background in one of the following disciplines:

  • Gender studies
  • Psychology
  • Moral philosophy
  • Literature theory / English literature
  • Sociology

Each assistant will be responsible for:

  • Analysing a series of legal judgments in line with the research questions of the project
  • Writing up findings
  • Assisting with the administrative aspects of the project, particularly organising a workshop
  • Research assistance on the writing of papers related to the project

Duration and hours

The work is to start immediately and will run until the end of June 2018.

The hours will vary, but each assistant will be expected to work 40 hours over the course of the project. The lead up to the workshop in March will be quite busy, the remaining work will be spread over the remaining weeks of the project.


The post will report to Imogen Goold.


A undergraduate degree in one of the disciplines above is essential.

A masters degree in one of the disciplines above is desirable.

Candidates should be reading for a higher degree in one of disciplines above.

Good admin and IT skills are essential.

The work can be done in any place where you have access to a good library, but you must be able to travel to Oxford for occasional meetings. You will need to be available on the day of the workshop in March.


This post is open to current graduate research students in the University and 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 £14.80/hour plus holiday pay of £2.53 = total of £17.33/hour. 


This post is funded by the University’s John Fell Fund.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to imogen.goold@law.ox.ac.uk by 5pm 22nd December 2017. Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to Dr Imogen Goold.