Dr Sandy Steel is looking for 1 or 2 research assistants to help with research projects in tort law. The main projects are a book on omissions liability and a new textbook on torts. Subsidiary projects are various essays on private law theory. The omissions project is partly philosophical in character. The work will be distributed in line with the interests and experience of the person(s) appointed. It will involve (1) researching case law (2) finding relevant secondary literature, (3) commenting on chapters/essays for substance/clarity (4) formatting references and editing work.

Duration and hours

Total number of hours of work available: 30 – 35 hours per RA or 70 hours if one RA is appointed.

Maximum number of hours of work per week: Between 5 and 8 hours

Start date: March 15 (if two RAs are appointed, then one could start and finish considerably later than March 15)

Date by which the work must be completed: June 15


The Research Assistant will report to Sandy Steel.


  • A general understanding of tort law is essential
  • An understanding of/academic interest in other areas of private law is desirable
  • An understanding of some of the philosophical debates surrounding tort law/private law more generally is desirable


This position is open to current graduate students in the Law Faculty 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

12 weeks or less (casual engagement): 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 £1.86 per hour worked (= total of £17.23/hour).


This position is funded by the Law Faculty’s Research Support Fund

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to sandy.steel@law.ox.ac.uk by February 28th. Please explain how you meet the requirements for the role, and give details of your availability.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.