Dr Nicole Stremlau is looking for a research assistant to work on a research project looking at the role of new technologies and non-state law in areas of limited statehood, particularly in Eastern Africa (including issues such as mobile money, the development of the telecoms sector, and the environment for technology and innovation).  The Research Assistant will contribute to the development of publications based on data that has already been collected. S/he must have excellent editorial and writing abilities.   

The Research Assistant will also contribute to the development of a conference and an edited publication on new technologies and law in areas where there is limited government (from parts of Africa to the Middle East and South Asia).  The conference and publication are already underway (previously funded under another source of research funding) and the Research Assistant will be continuing this work that has already been initiated. 

Duration and hours

Total number of hours of work available: 200

Start date: as soon as possible

Date by which the work must be completed:  31 March 2021


The Research Assistant will report to Nicole Stremlau.


  • Contribute to the drafting and preparation of a conference, including identification of participants, potential written contributions and the organisation of the conference (in January 2021) 
  • Contribute to coordination of edited book related to the conference 
  • Provide editorial assistance for other articles and books produced by the PCLMP team 
  • Manage research and administrative activities (under guidance) 
  • Contribute to wider project planning, including ideas for the next stage of the larger research programme and potential funding opportunities 
  • Gather, analyse, and present qualitative and/or quantitative data from a variety of sources in the form of a written report 


This position is open to current graduate research students in the Law Faculty or Department of Politics and International Relations and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students.  It is expected that the work will be undertaken in the UK.

Rate of Pay

More than 12 weeks (variable hours contract): This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £15.37 per hour (based on Grade 6 point 1) plus holiday pay of £2.63 per hour worked (= total of £18.00/hour).


This position is funded by the research grant ConflictNET from the EC.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to Nicole Stremlau (nicole.stremlau@csls.ox.ac.uk) by Wednesday 14 October 2020.  Please explain how you meet the requirements for the role, and give details of your availability.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference. 

Informal enquiries may be emailed to Nicole Stremlau (nicole.stremlau@csls.ox.ac.uk).