Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of London

Department: School of Law/Centre for Commercial Law Studies
Salary: £44,745 to £45,931 per annum, inclusive (Grade 5)
Reference: QMUL32255
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 15 March 2023
Closing date: 21 April 2023

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About the Role

The postdoctoral research assistant will play a key role contributing to a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship project: ‘What does artificial intelligence mean for the future of democratic society? Examining the societal impact of AI and whether human rights can respond’.

The project looks at the unintended consequences associated with pervasive AI-enabled surveillance and has two key objectives. First, understanding the societal impact associated with pervasive digital surveillance, and the incorporation of the product of this surveillance into a range of consequential State and non-State decision-making processes. A particular concern is the potential impact on the processes by which individuals develop their identity/personality, and how this may in turn affect the functioning of democratic society. Second, developing the human rights law framework in order to better respond to the challenges posed by the digital era, with a focus on understanding how human rights law can better protect identity formation and democratic functioning.

This postdoctoral position will primarily, although not exclusively, contribute to the first objective.

About You

The successful applicant will have an interest in technology, and in ensuring that technological developments serve societal needs, and advance human rights protection. Good communication skills are essential. The project intends to produce world leading academic work that has a tangible non-academic impact.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full time, fixed term appointment for 30 months, with an expected start date of 1st June 2023. The starting salary will be Grade 5, £44,745 to £45,931 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Daragh Murray at [email protected] .

To further details and to apply for the role, please click the ‘further details and to apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 21st April 2023.

Interviews are expected to be held on 9th and 10th May.

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