Research Assistant for 'Complex Medical Decisions for Children' Workshop

Internal Applicants Only

Deadline: 10 February 2023

Professor Imogen Goold and Dr Peta Coulson-Smith (Southampton) are looking for a research assistant to help with  a workshop, 'Complex Medical Decisions for Children: Ethical, Legal and Clinical Perspectives'.

The project aims are to run a day-long workshop with the goal of producing an edited collection or special issue on the topic of Complex Medical Decisions for Children. It will bring together medical law academics, medical professionals and legal practitioners to discuss these issues and bring their different perspectives together. The workshop will focus on asking medical professionals and barristers to present case studies from practice for discussion, and exploration in discussion of problems / challenges in the current legal framework, such as:

  • Mediation / breakdown of relationship with parents
  • Preventing matters reaching court
  • Whether moving to a ‘harm threshold’ is to be preferred to current best interests approach
  • Decision-making for ill children born to surrogates
  • CPR / end of life decisions

Tasks for the Research Assistant will include:

  • producing a literature review of academic work relevant to the project
  • administrative tasks related to organising the workshop, including attending for the duration of the workshop.


Duration and hours

Working hours: a total of 40 across the duration of the project, to be agreed with the Supervisor.

Start date: 27th February 2023

Date by which the work must be completed: 30th June 2023




The Research Assistant will report to Professor Imogen Goold



  • A good understanding of the field of medical law is essential
  • A knowledge of medical ethics is desirable.
  • Good spreadsheet (Excel) skills are desirable.
  • Experience of managing small events is desirable.

Some work for this project can be done remotely where the RA has access to a good library and internet; however, the RA must be able to be present in person in Oxford all day for the workshop on 23rd June 2023. Meetings with the PI/team members will be held either in-person in Oxford or online. 



This opportunity is open to current graduate students in the Faculty of Law and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students within the Law Faculty.

It is expected that the work will be undertaken in the UK.


Rate of Pay

The work will be paid at £16.49 per hour (including the exceptional non-consolidated uplift for 2022-23), which equates to University Grade 6, point 1, on the basis of completed and approved timesheets, which must be submitted to by the last Friday of each calendar month for payment on the last working day of the following month.

In addition, paid annual leave will be assumed to be taken in the month in which it was accrued.



This opportunity is funded by a Law Faculty Research Support Fund grant.



How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor) should be sent by email to by 10th February 2023. Please explain how you meet the requirements for the role, and give details of your availability. Supervisors may be asked for a reference. 

Enquiries about the project are welcome, and may be addressed to Imogen Goold ( General queries, e.g. about the appointment process, or eligibility, may be addressed to

Guidelines for Faculty members, line managers and students

Work must not commence without a letter of engagement or variable hours contract and a right to work check having been carried out by the Faculty Personnel Officer.

Graduate student engagement opportunities in the Faculty of Law usually fall into one of three categories: Research AssistantGraduate Teaching Assistant; or Blog Editor

Full-time graduate students in the Faculty of Law may work up to 8 hours per week, or a common sense average across the year, regardless of the type of work.

Students may not work for their own supervisor without the approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Students.

Any queries regarding the eligibility of a particular student should be directed to Geraldine Malloy in the Faculty Office.

It is expected that the work will be undertaken in the UK.