Dr Tarun Khaitan and Dr Sandy Steel are looking for a research assistant to help with for a project on the methodology of special jurisprudence (i.e. the philosophy of particular areas of law, eg tort law, discrimination law, labour law and so on).

Duration and hours

The work is to start immediately and will be approx. 25 hours.

You will not be required to work for more than 6 hours in any given week.


The post will report to Dr Khaitan and Dr Steel.


  • A general understanding of the field of law and legal philosophy is essential
  • Knowledge of debates on methodology and philosophical foundations of any discrete area of law (e.g. philosophical foundations of tort law) is desirable.
  • The work can be done in any place where you have access to a good library.


This post is open to current graduate research students in the Law Faculty or Philosophy Faculty and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students.

Rate of Pay

Short term, casual work (up to 12 weeks): this will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £14.80/hour plus holiday pay of £1.78 = total of £16.59/hour


This post is funded by the Allan Myers Oxford-Melbourne Research Partnership Grant.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to both tarunabh.khaitan@law.ox.ac.uk and sandy.steel@law.ox.ac.uk by 25th August 2018. Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability over summer. Please also include breakdown of academic marks/grades in any undergraduate and graduate degrees, with details of your performance in any courses relevant to this research.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to tarunabh.khaitan@law.ox.ac.uk and sandy.steel@law.ox.ac.uk


Guidelines for Faculty members / line managers

Graduate Studies Committee agreed in Michaelmas Term 2013 the following guidelines and stipulations which were endorsed by the Law Faculty Board the same term.

BCL/MJur students are not permitted to undertake paid work of any kind for the Faculty, and are advised against undertaking paid work offered from any other source as well.

PRS, MPhil, and MSt students are not permitted to undertake teaching for the Faculty but can undertake up to eight hours’ paid work per week and can be employed by the Faculty up to that limit for work other than teaching.

DPhil students can undertake up to eight hours’ paid work of any kind (including teaching) per week and can be employed by the Faculty up to that limit.

Any queries regarding the eligibility of a particular student should be directed to Geraldine Malloy in the Faculty Office.