Research Assistant (279)

Research Assistant

An excellent opportunity to provide research support on the AHRC-funded project, 'Judging Values and Participation in Mental Capacity Law'

Salary range
33,238 per annum
Contract type
Fixed term
Part time
Business Unit (dept)
School of Law
Closing Date
Ref No

The post is for a fixed-term, part-time (0.3 FTE) Research Assistant for 30 months, commencing April 2019, to provide research support on 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).  You will co-ordinate research activities and provide input into the design and conduct of the research, as directed by the PI.  You will report to Dr. Camillia Kong and work closely with co-Investigators as well as colleagues within the project.  Ideally the you will begin 1 April 2019 and be in post until the completion of the project at the end of October 2021.

You will:

  • Work with Dr Kong and other members of the project to provide research support, which will include support for organizing and liaising interviews with judges and legal practitioners, as well as collaborative meetings with members of the international advisory board.
  • Contribute to the design and dissemination of project research and training materials.
  • Provide substantive and methodological input for research papers.
  • Manage research activities within guidelines provided by the PI and co-Is of the project.
  • Support the design and maintenance of the project website.
  • Help coordinate international research symposiums and project meetings.
  • Help coordinate and organize the project conference.
  • Collaborate effectively with project researchers and members of the advisory group.
  • Contribute to the intellectual life at the ICPR by attending relevant meetings and seminars
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post, for which the post holder has the necessary experience and/or training.

Selection criteria Education & qualifications

  • BA/BSc, ideally an MA/MSc (at least 2.1) in a relevant law, social science, or philosophy discipline
  • Professional experience in mental capacity legal practice will be considered an asset. 

Knowledge, competencies and experience, and personal/professional qualities

  • Demonstrated ability to manage own workload, administrative activities and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present data at conferences, and represent the research group at meetings
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills and a proven ability to work as part of an inter-disciplinary research team.
  • Excellent knowledge of research literature databases and social scientific methodologies
  • Excellent computer literacy, including Excel, Word, Powerpoint, web maintenance, etc.

Expertise or experience in mental capacity law practice is not necessary but would be considered a strong asset.


Grade 6, spine 26 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £33,238 per annum – pro rata.

The salary quoted will be pro-rata (0.3) for this part time post and 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, 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.

Interviews will be held on 4 March 2019.