Job: Research Fellow – Medical Practitioners, Adolescents and Informed Consent

University of Leeds

Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law, School of Law

Full-time, fixed term 1 January 2011 until 30 June 2012

Closing date 12:00 noon 6 December 2010

A research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation, Children and Families Programme

You will be a skilled and experienced researcher, and play a key role in a project examining the law on adolescent consent and refusals to medical treatment. Consulting with experts from a range of disciplines, you will highlight areas of legal ambiguity and uncertainty, make comparisons with European and international models, and suggest ways forward. Current problems and possible solutions will be debated in a series of four workshops designed to engage experts and stakeholders from legal, medical, philosophical, and social science backgrounds.

You will take responsibility for the day to day management of the project, including desk based literature searches, visiting and interviewing experts in the field, organising, administering and contributing to the workshops, and analysing the results, writing reports and writing academic papers. You will play a central role in the analysis of current law, the workshop discussions and alternative models. You will be able to organise the workshops, take minutes, keep records and accounts, and produce reports and academic papers. You will give and participate in academic presentations.

You should have a doctorate in a legal, social science or philosophy discipline,  an excellent track record of post doctoral medico-legal, socio-medical or bioethical research, and an interest in human rights law.

University Grade 7 (£29,853 – £35,646 p.a. It is likely that the appointment will be made at or below £31,671 p.a. since there are funding limitations which dictate the level at which the appointment can start).

Informal enquiries to Dr. Emma Cave (Principal Investigator of the Medical Practitioners, Adolescents and Informed Consent project), email laweggc@leeds.ac.uk, tel +44(0)113 343 5044.

Application form and job details are available here.   Alternatively these may be obtained from Anne Prendergast, email a.prendergast@leeds.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)113 343 7393.

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