Voluntary position: Animals in Science Committee

17 January 2019

Do you want to play a key role in advising the government on a range of issues relating to the welfare of animals used in research?

If so, this is an exceptional opportunity to deliver reports and policy advice to ensure that government is best placed to maintain the highest standards in the welfare of animals used in research.

The Animals in Science Committee (ASC) is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Home Office to provide independent advice to the Government on the use of animals in scientific procedures, advise the Animal Welfare Ethical Review Bodies on good practice, and exchange information with other national bodies within the European Union.

We are seeking six new members with expertise in veterinary science, neuroscience, industry (pharmaceutical/toxicology), animal technology/welfare/3Rs and legal expertise (regulatory). The successful candidates will possess excellent communication and influencing skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and the ability to evaluate complex issues to reach a consensus.

This will be a three year appointment with the possibility of re-appointment. Applications are due on 28 January 2019.


Seminar: The Salvation Agenda: The Politics of Medical Humanitarianism During Zimbabwe’s Cholera Outbreak 2008/09

2 January 2019

Thursday, 7 February 2019, 5.30 – 7.00pm, Lecture Theatre, St Cross College, University of Oxford.

Speaker: Assoc. Professor Simukai Chigudu (Associate Professor of African Politics, Oxford Department of International Development)

Abstract: This paper examines the humanitarian politics of responding to Zimbabwe’s catastrophic cholera outbreak of 2008/09, the worst in African history. It demonstrates how humanitarian relief operations are riven by competing claims to leadership, authority and legitimacy but often converge on the ineluctable logic of saving lives – ‘the salvation agenda’. Nevertheless, the paper contends that the exigency of saving lives in this case did not, and could not, address the background political and socio-economic conditions that led to the epidemic. Thus, the paper explores the possibilities, pitfalls and paradoxes of the salvation agenda and mounts a novel critique of how the humanitarian industrial complex operates in Africa.

For further details and online booking please see https://bookwhen.com/uehiro

Enquiries to rachel.gaminiratne[at]philosophy.ox.ac.uk


Job: Post-doctoral research fellow in the Laws of Social Reproduction at KCL

18 December 2018

Research Associate, Laws of Social Reproduction

King’s College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law

Location: London
Salary: £37,412
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th December 2018
Closes: 13th January 2019
Job Ref: R6/FFL/2517/18-RN
 The salary will be paid at Grade 6, £37,412 per annum, inclusive of £3,223 per annum London Allowance.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a large-scale European Research Council funded project titled ‘Laws of Social Reproduction’. The project undertakes a comparison of the law’s regulation of five sectors of women’s labour including sex work, erotic dancing, commercial surrogacy, paid domestic work and unpaid domestic work.

The post-doctoral research associate (PDRA)’s main responsibilities are to conduct literature review across relevant disciplines, conduct qualitative research in India, analyse the field work data using suitable software, organise a major national level workshop involving numerous stakeholders including academics, activists and policy-makers, publish academic outputs and disseminate the research findings of the project.

Prior field work experience in India essential; field work experience in at least one of the five sectors of reproductive labour listed above is highly desirable. Proven research skills essential. Applications from doctoral and post-doctoral candidates in law, anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, medical ethics and feminist economics are welcome.

The selection process will include a panel interview and a presentation.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact: Professor Prabha Kotiswaran, Prabha.kotiswaran [AT] kcl.ac.uk

To apply, please register with the King’s College London application portal and complete your application online. When applying, in the ‘Upload supporting documents’ section, please attach a personal statement to tell us why you are suitable for the role.

Please enclose writing sample relevant to the themes of the research project.


Job: Associate and Assistant Professor in Biolaw at Durham

10 December 2018

Associate Professor In Biolaw

Durham University – Durham Law School

Location: Durham
Salary: £51,630 to £58,089
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 3rd December 2018
Closes: 15th February 2019
Job Ref: LAW19-52

Assistant Professor In Biolaw

Durham University – Durham Law School

Location: Durham
Salary: £40,793 to £48,676
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 3rd December 2018
Closes: 15th February 2019
Job Ref: LAW19-59

Durham Law School is seeking to appoint … outstanding scholar[s] to the role of Associate Professor and Assistant Professor in Biolaw with research interests in this broad field understood to also include environmental law.

The Law School is in its largest expansion of permanent, full-time appointments in our distinguished 50-year history as we build additional capacity in core areas and further develop other strengths building critical mass in the area of Biolaw. Our award winning 53 academic staff are producing ground-breaking research with significant impact and are highly active in public engagement both nationally and internationally. We are a top 50 QS World Ranked law school and our research ranked 3rd best in grade point average in the UK’s last national Research Excellence Framework exercise in 2014. Durham Law School is consistently ranked among the top ten or higher UK law schools across various league tables, including 3rd in The Daily Telegraph, 8th in The Time and The Guardian. Our graduates include some of law’s leading figures, such as current members of the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the Government, Members of Parliament and beyond.

The successful candidates will join our vibrant and inclusive academic community while supported by a very generous research leave scheme and individual research allowances. Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Biolaw, with the ability to contribute to our research groups like our Durham CELLS and to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University.


Radio: In the child’s best interests on BBC Radio 4

4 December 2018

BBC Radio 4, Sunday 9 December 2018, 17.00 GMT or via BBC Sounds

This programme features KCL MA Medical Ethics and Law alumnae Victoria Butler-Cole and Sarah Barclay, co-founder (with alumnus Dr Simon Meller) and Director of the Medical Mediation Foundation.

How and when should the decision be made to end the life of a critically ill child?

The BBC’s Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh reflects on the legal and ethical challenges raised by controversial and emotionally charged cases, like those of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans.

Their impact reverberated around the world, prompting protests on the streets, an outpouring of emotion on social media and the vilification of hospital staff. Even the US President and the Vatican got involved. Though these cases were very different, in each the parents were locked in a bruising battle with the hospital for the right to make decisions about how and where to treat their children.

The current legal test focuses on what is in the child’s best interests and, in court, the hospital, the parents and the child all have separate legal representation.

But the potentially adversarial nature of the court system and the presence of ferocious debate on social media means these intensely difficult decisions can became even more emotionally charged.

The programme examines whether it’s possible to improve the current system, to prevent more cases reaching court and whether the legal process itself could be improved.


Job: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Judging Values and Participation in Mental Capacity Law at Birkbeck

3 December 2018

Location: London
Salary: £37,912 to £43,333
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th November 2018
Closes: 1st January 2019
Job Ref: 372209

The post is for a fixed-term Postdoctoral Researcher for 2.8 years who specialises in socio-legal studies and mental capacity law, 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).

You will:

  • Ideally be able to demonstrate specialist expertise and academic training in mental capacity law, judicial deliberation, and/or or socio-legal approaches that will support a philosophical and policy-oriented programme of work
  • Possess expertise in, or experience with, empirical studies, with a focus on the application of qualitative methodologies in legal research in particular
  • 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

You will be responsible for:

  • 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 mental capacity law 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
  • 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

Grade 7 of the College’s London Pay Scale which is £37,912 rising to £43,333 per annum


Job: Singer Fellowship in Medical Law & Ethics at Exeter College, University of Oxford

26 November 2018

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 per annum (inclusive of College Housing Allowance of £8,897 per annum)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th November 2018
Closes: 2nd January 2019

Fixed-Term Contract

Salary: £32,236 – £39,609 per annum (inclusive of College Housing Allowance of £8,897 per annum)

(plus other benefits)

Exeter College (part of the University of Oxford) invites applications for the Singer Fellowship in Medical Law & Ethics. The Fellowship, which is strictly temporary, will be tenable for a period of up to 36 months (with effect from 1 September 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter (by negotiation)).

The main duties of the post are to:

  • – engage in advanced study and research;
  • – undertake tutorial or class teaching of undergraduates of Exeter College and the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford, up to a maximum of six (‘weighted’) hours per week averaged over the three eight-week Terms of the academic year;
  • – set and mark College examinations;
  • – submit termly reports on students taught;
  • – provide pastoral care for students;
  • – assess and interview in the undergraduate admissions process, and to participate in outreach and access initiatives as appropriate;
  • – undertake such other duties as may reasonably be required to support the teaching of Law at the College; and
  • – participate in the governance of the College as a member of the Governing Body (and therefore a Trustee).

The successful candidate will have:

  • (a) A research record of international standing, appropriate to the stage of the candidate’s career, with evidence of, or evidence of potential for producing, research of international standing in Law;
  • (b) The proven ability, or the potential, to provide excellent tutorial and small group teaching in a range of undergraduate topics;
  • (c) The ability to undertake College administration and duties; and
  • (d) Hold, or be close to holding, a PhD/ DPhil in Law. (Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate as a result of a viva voce examination (or equivalent doctoral defense) held between 1 September 2015 and 31 May 2019 (inclusive).

The Lecturer will be appointed on Grade 7 of the University’s salary scale for academic staff, currently £32,236 – £39,609 per annum (inclusive of the College Housing Allowance (£8,897 per annum)), at a point dependent on experience. In addition to salary, a range of other generous benefits are available, as set out in the Further Particulars.

Further Particulars may be obtained from the Exeter College website at:

https://www.exeter.ox.ac.uk/vacancies/singer-fellowship-in-medical-law-ethics-fixed-term/ 

How to Apply

Candidates are encouraged to submit all application materials by email, to the HR Officer at vacancies@exeter.ox.ac.uk. If possible, applications should be submitted as a single PDF file.

Candidates should ask their referees to write directly to the HR Officer, vacancies@exeter.ox.ac.uk, and should supply each referee with a copy of the Further Particulars.

The closing date for applications, and the last date for receipt of references direct from referees, is 12pm noon (GMT) on Wednesday 2 January 2019. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that their application and references arrive before the deadline.