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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law

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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences and The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (in the School of Clinical Medicine) seek to appoint a Research Associate or Senior Research Associate to work on a project exploring the intersection between the law of negligence and the practice of medical diagnosis.

The project will investigate and critically evaluate the scope of a physician's legal duties to record and communicate the uncertainty that is inherent in the process of developing a patient's 'differential diagnosis'. The aim of the project is not only to clarify how the law shapes the development and communication of differential diagnoses, but also assess whether and how the law in this area should be reformed.

The position requires a degree in law, with expertise in tort law. In addition, it requires a doctoral degree or equivalent work experience.

The funds for this post are available for two years from the start date.

To view the further particulars and apply online for this vacancy, please click here. This link will take you to the University of Cambridge's Online Recruitment System, where you will need to register for an account (if you have not already), and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure you upload the following:

• Cover Letter: This should describe the reasons that you are interested in this project and position; how this position may fit into your longer-term career plans; the connections between your past/ongoing work and the themes of this project; and anything else that makes you well-suited to this position.

• Writing Sample: This should be a piece of work that best illustrates your research and scholarly writing ability. It can be a published or unpublished. If the work has multiple authors, please include a declaration identifying your contribution.

• Curriculum Vitae: This should include, at a minimum, details of your education, work history, and any publications or academic presentations.

• References: Please provide the names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with your work, at least one of whom is a legal academic.

• Academic transcripts

If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 26 July 2019.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held on 28 June 2019. Short-listed candidates will be invited to interview in person or by video-conference.

The ideal start date would be 1 September 2019, but there is some flexibility in this.

If you have any queries about this vacancy, please contact Matt Jordan by email at