Dr Imogen Goold is looking for a research assistant to undertake research assistance on British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants funded project entitled “A Legal and Historical Analysis of the Action for Psychiatric Injury in English Law (1880-2020)”.

The project explores the development of the law on claims in negligence for pure psychiatric injury, from both legal and historical perspectives.

The research assistant will be responsible for:

  • Literature reviews on specified topics
  • Coding (via NVivo) judgments (training will be provided)
  • Research assistance on the writing of papers related to the project

Duration and hours

The work is to start immediately and will run until August 2021 (a shorter appointment period can be negotiated).

Total number of hours of work available: up to 150 hours 

Maximum number of hours of work per week:8 hours

Start date: as soon as convenient after the application date


The post will report to Imogen Goold.


  • Expertise in English Tort law is essential.
  • Good admin and IT skills are essential.

Meetings with Imogen Goold will be conducted by Teams / Zoom, so access to a reliable internet connection is essential for this role.


This post 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

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 post is funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants scheme.

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 31st July 2020. Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference. Arrangements involving an RA working for their own supervisor must be approved by the Associate Dean for Research Students.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to Dr Imogen Goold.