Job: Senior Research Associate in Healthcare Law, University of Bristol – School of Law

Salary: £36,613 to £41,212 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 11th June 2018
Closes: 12th July 2018
Job Ref: ACAD103364

The Senior Research Associate in Healthcare Law will be based in the Centre for Health, Law, and Society (within the University of Bristol Law School) and carry out research on the Wellcome Trust funded Balancing Best Interests in Healthcare, Ethics and Law (BABEL) project. This project is a collaboration between the Centre for Health, Law, and Society and the Centre for Ethics in Medicine (within Bristol Medical School).

The BABEL project asks: How should the ‘best interests’ of incapacitated/incompetent patients be interpreted and applied in medico-legal decision-making? ‘Medico-legal decision-making’ covers medical treatment decisions in the legal and healthcare settings, thus encompassing judges, lawyers, healthcare professionals, advocates, patients, families and carers. The best interests standard pervades medico-legal decision-making about the treatment of incapacitated patients, young and old, and BABEL will examine various legal and ethically-charged decisions to treat or not treat a range of incapacitated patients in their best interests (e.g. sterilisation, vaccination, dementia care, and the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment).

You should have demonstrable ability to produce excellent research leading to publications of 3* or 4* quality by REF2014 standards; significant experience of undertaking legal research; significant experience of qualitative social science research methods, including conducting interviews and/or focus groups and analysis of qualitative data; good knowledge of healthcare law, in particular mental health and capacity law; and demonstrable exemplary organisation and time-management skills, including managing multiple tasks at the one time. A PhD or equivalent in Law/ Socio-Legal Studies (in the research area) is also essential.

This post is full time and open ended, with fixed term funding until 31 August 2023. Available from 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 12 July 2018. It is expected that the selection process will be held as soon as possible following the closing date.

For informal enquiries, please get in touch with Judy Laing (email: J.M.Laing [at] bristol.ac.uk or tel: +44 (0)117 39 40093) or Sheelagh McGuinness (email: sheelagh.mcguinness [at] bristol.ac.uk or tel: +44 (0)117 39 40094).

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