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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law

Applications are invited for a Senior Research Associate to work with the Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences (LML) at the Faculty of Law. This is a fixed term three-year position with a preferred commencement date between 1 December 2018 and 1 February 2019. The post holder will be employed by the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, to contribute to the Collaborative Research Program in Biomedical Innovation Law (the CeBIL Collaborative Project). The CeBIL collaborative research program is supported by a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

The post holder will work alongside the Director of LML to contribute to CeBIL's fourth study on new medical uses. Accordingly, the post holder will be expected to focus on the legal (and to some extent the ethical and social) issues surrounding the re-purposing of pharmaceuticals, particularly issues arising in patent and regulatory law.

The post holder must have completed a PhD in law (or equivalent) before starting the position (the latest commencement date is 1 February 2019), and at least three years' experience as a postdoctoral Research Associate, or equivalent. The post holder must also have a track record such that they have acquired independent standing as an internationally-known researcher and be capable of full operational responsibility for a major project if required. Broad knowledge of intellectual property law (including patents, copyright, trade marks, database rights, trade secrets) and evidence of a resourceful, quick and entrepreneurial attitude will be important in evaluating the suitability of an applicant. Highly competent knowledge of biomedical patent law is required, and knowledge of the regulatory frameworks governing market authorisations for drugs and diagnostics is also desirable. Experience in socio-legal research (such as interviews, surveys and patent landscaping), and a degree in natural or medical sciences would be advantageous.

Short listed candidates will be invited to attend interviews in Cambridge in September or October 2018. Interviews will be in person or via teleconference.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Further particulars and details of the application procedure are available at Online application is available via that site.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Kathy Liddell by email

Please quote reference JK16540 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Quote Reference: JK16540
Salary: £39,992-£50,618
Closing Date: 20 September 2018

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