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Research Associate

Law School

London, Strand Campus


  • Posted on: 14th Sep 2021
  • Salary: Competitive
  • REF: 032165
  • Closes: 05th October 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job Description

The Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution is looking to hire a Research Associate to explore specific areas of construction procurement and contract research where our work is having significant UK and transnational impact (firstly in collaborative procurement and secondly in digital technology).

The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world. It is ranked 16th in the world and 5th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings for Law 2021.

The Dickson Poon School of Law is housed in the East Wing of Somerset House, a Grade One listed building, on the College’s Strand Campus, no more than a couple of minutes’ walk from the Royal Courts of Justice and Inns of Court and midway between Westminster and the City of London. The School’s location has always enabled it to have excellent contacts with practitioners and policy-makers, and there is a strong tradition of engagement with the legal profession.

The Dickson Poon School of Law embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. We attract students and staff from across the world, from many different backgrounds, with a variety of ethnicities, religions, and sexual and gender identities. We promote flexible working as a key enabler of inclusion. We particularly encourage and welcome applications from women, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, and from candidates who are LGBTQ+ and/or have a disability.

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 15 months.

This is a full-time post.
Key responsibilities

  • Applied procurement and contract law focusing on the development, interpretation and application of collaborative models
  • Examining case studies of collaborative projects in depth, particularly those using digital technology
  • Exploring the processes of collaborative procurement and contracting, and the interfaces between procurement, contracting and digital technology
  • Developing and providing systems of education and support for contractors and their supply chains in collaborative procurement
  • Exploring the uptake of the ‘FAC-1’ alliance contract in multiple jurisdictions, and the transnational implications for clients, funders, regulators, industry and lawyers
  • Undertaking detailed comparisons of the legal and commercial implications of FAC-1 and other collaborative contracts being adapted for civil law jurisdictions
  • Exploring the contract theory implications of collaborative procurement and contracts
  • Working with government agencies, funding institutions, professional bodies, clients and project participants to raise the profile of our ground-breaking work
  • Developing and participating in seminars, conferences and vocational training
  • Writing and co-writing journal articles and other publications including on-line and social media activity.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

: Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • Good first degree or Masters in Law or Construction Management or equivalent discipline
  • Specialist knowledge in a relevant area(s)
  • Understanding of current issues in Law and Higher Education
  • Proven experience in research
  • Experience in construction procurement, management or disputes
  • Experience in delivering presentations and conferences
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Able to develop and maintain effective working relationships
  • Able to work to and meet deadlines
  • Able to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Wishes to specialize in research in the construction sector, in a field where there is significant potential to analyse collaborative procurement practices and related issues
  • A keen interest in the construction sector and preferably some previous exposure to that sector

Desirable criteria

  • PhD awarded in Law or PhD in Construction Law near completion, or equivalent experience.
  • Published results of research in peer reviewed journals or books

Further information

For further details on the research project, see https://futureoflegalgender.kcl.ac.uk/

Job ID : 032165

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