Professor Linda Mulcahy is looking for three suitably qualified research assistants to run the socio-legal methodology blog called ‘Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies’: http://frontiers.csls.ox.ac.uk/. 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 editors appointed will work closely with Professor Mulcahy and Dr Florian Grisel who will both act as senior editors.  The tasks involved with each editorial role are outlined below:

Lead Student Editor (one post)

  • Receive submissions 
  • Arrange and attend editorial meetings 
  • Reject submissions that do not fall within the ambit of the blog
  • Provide a general oversight of the blog production process
  • 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

Student 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

Duration and hours
Total number of hours of work available for lead student editor: 161 hours over an 11 month period.

Maximum number of hours of work per week for lead student editor: 8 hours

Total number of hours of work available for each student editor: 99 hours over an 11 month period.

Maximum number of hours of work per week for each student editor: 8 hours

Start date: 1st February 2022

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

Reporting
The Research Assistant will report to Professor Linda Mulcahy.

Requirements

  • 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. 

Eligibility
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).

Funding
This position is funded partly by the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and partly by Professor Mulcahy’s 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 (admin@csls.ox.ac.uk) by Friday 14 January 2022. These documents should indicate which role you are interested in (Lead or non-Lead Student Editor or both), 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 linda.mulcahy@csls.ox.ac.uk.