Professor Linda Mulcahy is looking for four suitably qualified research assistants to help with setting up and running a new socio-legal methodology blog. This is an exciting new development at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies which seeks to provide a much needed discussion forum for established academics and early career scholars to talk about methodological issues and challenges in undertaking socio-legal empirical work. We consider these roles to be an excellent career development opportunity for research students.  The four editors appointed will work closely with Professor Mulcahy and post-doctoral researcher Kira Allman who will both act as senior editors.  The tasks involved with each editorial role are outlined below:

Lead Editor (one post) 

  • Receive submissions 
  • Arrange and attend editorial meetings 
  • Reject submissions that do not fall within the ambit of the blog
  • Refer eligible submissions to other members of the editorial board to review 
  • Conduct reviews as appropriate 
  • Correspond with authors 
  • Maintain data about the blog 
  • Act as an ambassador for the blog
  • Oversee the submission, review and production process 
  • Solicit submissions and commission work where appropriate
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the blog

Editors (two posts) 

  • Attend editorial meetings
  • Review submissions and provide feedback for authors 
  • Act as an ambassador for the blog 
  • Solicit submissions and commission work where appropriate 
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the blog

Communications Editor (one post) 

  • Oversee the day-to-day running of the communications strategy including the website and social media 
  • Maintain and solicit content for the public domain image bank 
  • Attend editorial meetings 
  • Act as an ambassador for the blog 
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the blog

Duration and hours

Total number of hours of work available: 69 hours over an 11 month period.

Maximum number of hours of work per week: 8 hours

Start date: 1st February 2021

Date by which the work must be completed: 31 December 2021


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 is essential.
  • Strong writing and copy editing and communication skills are essential
  • Good admin and IT skills are 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 £15.37 per hour (based on Grade 6 point 1)  plus holiday pay of £2.63 per hour worked (= total of £18.00/hour).


This position is funded by the Higher 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 ( by Monday 18 January 2021. 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

Interviews will be conducted on the morning of Thursday 28 January 2021