Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Job opportunity: preventive justice at Oxford University

Post-doctoral Research Officer


Grade 7: Salary £28,839 - £30,594 per annum

We are looking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Officer to work on a three-year study of preventive justice, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. This study will re-assess the foundations for the range of coercive measures that states now take in the name of prevention and public protection. Its main objective is to develop an account of the principles and values that should guide and limit the state’s use of preventive techniques and powers. The project is directed by Professor Andrew Ashworth and Professor Lucia Zedner. The appointee will play a full part in supporting the project, and will also be expected to pursue her or his own research, on an agreed topic within the general field of the project.

We are looking to appoint someone who has completed, or is very soon to complete, a doctorate in political theory, philosophy or law. The person appointed will be organized, efficient and capable of taking the initiative, and will be expected to work without close supervision. This is an exciting opportunity for an able and enthusiastic researcher who is interested in relationships between lawmaking and political and legal theory, and who could develop that interest within the overall umbrella of this project.

The post will be based in the Centre for Criminology, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ and is full-time for three years. It is hoped to fill the vacancy from March 1st, 2010, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries about the post are welcome, and can be made to:

Professor Andrew Ashworth, at or

Professor Lucia Zedner, at

Further particulars are available at or may be obtained from Emma Gascoigne, Faculty of Law, St Cross Building, St Cross Road, Oxford, OX1 3UL, email The closing date for applications is Friday 15th January 2010. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 27th January 2010.

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