Postdoctoral Research Associate (276)

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Do you specialise in socio-legal studies? Are you interested in joining the AHRC-funded project, Judging Values and Participation in Mental Capacity Law.

Salary range
37,912 per annum
Contract type
Fixed term
Full time
Business Unit (dept)
School of Law
Closing Date
Ref No

The post is for a fixed-term Postdoctoral Researcher who specialises in socio-legal studies, to join the AHRC-funded project, Judging Values and Participation in Mental Capacity Law, located at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London. 

This exciting project is undertaking a socio-legal, philosophical, and policy examination of current judicial deliberation in mental capacity decisions, and is led by Dr. Camillia Kong (ICPR), with co-Investigators Professor John Coggon (Bristol), Professor Penny Cooper (ICPR), and Dr. Michael Dunn (Oxford).  The start date is negotiable, but ideally the post-holder will begin April 2019 and be in post until the completion of the project at the end of October 2021.

You will:

  • Have a PhD in law, sociology, psychology, disability studies, or related field;
  • Ideally be able to demonstrate specialist expertise and academic training in court proceedings, judicial deliberation, and/or or socio-legal approaches that will support a philosophical and policy-oriented programme of work;
  • Possess academic expertise in, or experience with, empirical studies, with a focus on the application of qualitative methodologies in legal and justice-related research broadly conceived;
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to work collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary research team;
  • Have the ability to work independently to manage academic research and associated activities, including the ability to work towards deadlines;
  • Possess a growing international research profile, demonstrated by academic publications in leading national and international journals, or be able to show clear potential to be able to produce such publications;
  • Demonstrate interest as well as the potential to develop expertise in mental capacity law and the Court of Protection.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting and assisting in interviews with judges and legal advocates, as well as undertaking qualitative data analysis for the project;
  • Contributing to legal and philosophical analysis to be conducted within the project, depending on your specific skills and disciplinary background;
  • Collaborating closely with project investigators in contributing to the ambitious programme of research around central project themes which span from legal jurisprudence, judicial deliberation, value theory, and legal policy;
  • Advancing this programme of work by initiating and developing independent research papers for journal publication around central project themes;
  • Contributing to project network activities, including symposiums with advisory group members, strategic meetings with international collaborative partners / centres, and the project conference;
  • Representing the Judging Values project at external conferences, meetings, and seminars;
  • Contribute to the intellectual life at the ICPR by attending relevant meetings and seminars.


Grade 7 (spine 31) of the College's London Pay Scale which is £37,912 per annum.

The salary quoted is on the College's London Pay Scale which includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area.


If you would like to know more about the role please click on apply below or contact Dr. Camillia Kong, Principal Investigator of the Judging Values project, at

While we are happy to respond to all informal enquiries, only formal applications through the online system will be considered.

Birkbeck offers a competitive salary & pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements & some of the most generous benefits in the HE sector, all while being located right in the heart of Central London with access to all its facilities.

We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender & cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award, membership of WISE, operating Disability Confident & Mindful Employer schemes.

As outlined in the Recruitment Pack, as part of your application please submit a recent sample of your writing (published or unpublished).

Interviews will take place on 18 March 2019.