Research Fellow - Faculty of Business and Law

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
Monday, 26 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 23 November 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Fellow
Faculty of Business and Law

Applications are invited for a 10 month fixed term research fellow working on a funded research project about data-driven approaches to Covid-19. This would be an exciting opportunity for someone interested in issues of law, technology and rights during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The role is full-time for a fixed period of 10 months from January 2021 and will involve remote working with some limited UK travel where possible to support project interviews.

The position is part of the AHRC-funded Observatory for Monitoring Data-Driven Approaches to Covid-19 ('OMDDAC'). The RA will support a number of work packages which apply an interdisciplinary mixed-methods approach to the assessment of legal, ethical, policy, technical and operational challenges of the key data-driven approaches deployed to address the Covid-19 pandemic.

The candidate will work with Marion Oswald, Claire Bessant and Charlotte Emmett and other members of the research team including researchers from the Royal United Services Institute. 

The ideal candidate will have or be working towards the completion of a PhD in law or another relevant discipline (or equivalent experience).  Knowledge of data protection and privacy law and an interest in technology is essential.  Knowledge of medical law is desirable.  Previous experience of working on interdisciplinary research projects and experience in qualitative research are desirable.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Marion Oswald, by email

To apply for this vacancy please email, and attach a completed Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form, Covering Letter, CV, including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs (please indicate a rank from 1 to 4) up to a maximum of 4, since 2017.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, Northumbria University may not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position.

Please note this vacancy will close on 23/11/2020