Professor Linda Mulcahy is looking for a suitably qualified research assistant to support a capacity building project for early career researchers.  The person appointed will be responsible for supporting the production of a series of podcasts on socio-legal methodology using the Zencastr programme.  They will be responsible for ensuring the quality of sound production, loading the podcast on to the ‘Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies blog’:  The research assistant will also provide general editorial assistant to the Lead Student Editor of the blog and will have particular responsibility for sourcing images, building up a bank of images and checking permissions to use them.

Podcast and Production Editor (one post) 

  • Assist in setting up podcast interview
  • Managing the recording and editing of the podcast
  • Researching the biographical details of speakers 
  • Compiling background reading lists in consultation with speakers
  • Loading the podcast to strict production deadlines
  • Attend editorial meetings for the Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies blog 
  • Act as an ambassador for the blog and podcast series
  • Oversee the submission, review and production process 
  • Provide general administrative support to the Lead Editor of the blog
  • Solicit submissions and commission work where appropriate
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the blog 

Duration and hours
Total number of hours of work available: 99 hours over an 11 month period.

Maximum number of hours of work per week: 8 hours

Start date: 1st February 2022

Date by which the work must be completed: 31 December 2022

The Research Assistant will report to Professor Linda Mulcahy.


  • A degree in law or the social sciences
  • A good working knowledge of socio-legal methodology and methods, ethics and the challenges of fieldwork
  • Editorial experience or experience of running a blog
  • Strong writing, copy editing, and communication skills are essential
  • Good admin and IT skills are essential
  • A demonstrable interest in socio-legal studies is essential
  • The work can be done in any place where you have access to the internet but you must be able to travel to Oxford for regular meetings during term time.

This position is open to current graduate research 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
More than 12 weeks (variable hours contract): This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £15.60 per hour (based on Grade 6 point 1) plus holiday pay of £2.67 per hour worked (= total of £18.27/hour).

This position is funded by Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.

How to Apply
A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to ( by Friday 14 January 2022. These documents should indicate 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 Linda Mulcahy at