Research assistant to Dr Luke Rostill

Assistance with Possession, Relative Title and Ownership in English Law

Dr Luke Rostill is looking for a research assistant to help with a book on English property law—more precisely, the law relating to possession, relative title and ownership of land and chattels.

Duration and hours

The work is to start immediately and is expected to run until January 2020.

The hours will vary, but the assistant will be expected to work a total of 70 hours over the course of the project.

The assistant will not be required to work for more than 8 hours in any given week.


The postholder will report to Dr Luke Rostill.


  • It is essential that the candidate has excellent doctrinal reasoning skills.
  • A general understanding of English Property Law, particularly English Land Law and Personal Property Law, is essential.
  • A reasonable understanding of the law in England and Wales relating to possession of, and the acquisition of title to, land and goods is highly desirable.
  • Some knowledge of the law relating to possession of land and goods in other common law and civilian jurisdictions is desirable.
  • Excellent writing and research skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and good administrative and IT skills, are essential.
  • Most of the work can be done in any place where you have access to a good law library, but you must be able to travel to Oxford for occasional meetings.


This post is open to all research students in the law faculty and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students.

Rate of Pay

The assistant will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £15.37/hour plus holiday pay of £2.63 = total of £18.00/hour.


This post is funded by the Law Faculty’s Research Support Fund, SF1819-83.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to by Thursday 12th September 2019. Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability over the remainder of the summer vacation and Michaelmas Term.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to


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.