Postdoctoral Researcher

Birkbeck, University of London - School of Law

Purpose and Main Duties

We are seeking to appoint a Post Doc Research Assistant to work on a socio-legal project about siblings in public care legal proceedings. The project is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, as part of their Law in Society programme, and the Principal Investigator is Daniel Monk. For more information about the project see

The post holder will be required to support all stages of the research project, from the initial mapping review of the case-law and relevant literature through to the qualitative data analysis, and will be required to engage with a range of stakeholders, from young people to senior social work and legal professionals. The post holder will be expected and encouraged to contribute fully to the presentations of the findings and to the publications that result.

The post will be based at the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London in central London. The qualitative research will require some travelling within England.

Candidate Requirements

Candidates will be required to have a PhD (or the professional equivalent) in law or a social science discipline. A flexible approach to work will be required due to the varied research methods of the project, together with excellent written and oral communication, organisational and time management skills and the ability to work both independently and within a team environment.

Once an offer has been accepted the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) and DBS Enhanced Safeguarding check.

About the Department

For further information about the School please visit the following website:

Further Information

This post is full time, 35 hours per week (1.0 FTE) and fixed term for 18 months commencing on 24 April 2017 until 22 October 2018.

The salary quoted above is on the College's London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 12 months. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 13 March 2017.

For further information on this opportunity contact Daniel Monk,

Birkbeck welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award, operating the Two Ticks scheme, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is working towards the Race Equality Charter Mark..

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