Postdoctoral Researcher in Law

University College Cork School of Law

Post-Doctoral Researcher/Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher - 2 Positions, School of Law

30 Month, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Posts

Please note that this position can be filled at post-doctoral or senior post-doctoral level, depending on qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Position Summary

Applications are invited for two Post-Doctoral Researcher/Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher posts based at the School of Law, University College Cork. Founded in 1849, UCC School of Law is ranked 75th in the world and 1st in Ireland (QS Rankings 2022). The School of Law also holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing gender equality.

The Post-Doctoral / Senior Post-Doctoral Researchers will join the research team of the Law and the Inner Self (LAWINSEL) Project, funded by the Irish Research Council. The project seeks to better understand the evolution and nature of the idea of the “inner self” in the liberal tradition by viewing it through the prism of legal change from the Middle Ages through to the digital transformations of the 21st century. A core focus of the research will be legal change in the field of personality rights.

The researchers will conduct a specific programme of research under the supervision and direction of Dr Patrick O’Callaghan, Principal Investigator (PI) of the project. They will collaborate with the PI in the dissemination of the project’s research findings in publications and conference papers. They will undertake additional duties and training as may be required within the general scope of the project.

The ideal candidates will hold a PhD in legal history or a PhD with a substantial legal-historical component. They will have a publication record commensurate with their career stage. For one of the posts, an ability to read medieval Latin is desirable. For the other post, an ability to read German legal texts is desirable. A familiarity with the field of personality rights and proficiency in other major European languages are also desirable. Both candidates will have excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.

Candidates must submit the following documentation as part of their application:
Application Letter (max 2 pages single spaced), describing your qualifications, research experience and your interest in this position.
Curriculum Vitae (including full details of education, relevant experience and publication record).
A sample piece of writing such as a recent publication.
Project Title: Law and the Inner Self (LAWINSEL)

Post Duration: 30 months

Salary: Post-Doctoral Researcher: €39,522- €45,609 p.a. (IUA PD1 Salary Scale), Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher: €46,906 - €51,035 p.a. (IUA PD2 Salary Scale)

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Patrick O’Callaghan, Principal Investigator, at

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 15 September 2022. No late applications will be accepted. It is envisaged that virtual interviews will take place in late September/early October and that the posts will commence in January 2023.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

UCC is committed to creating and fully embracing an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated. As a University we strive to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our student population where people from a wide variety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, and work collaboratively. UCC is committed to being an employer that recognises the value of diversity amongst its staff. We encourage applicants to consult our policies at and initiatives at and we welcome applications from everyone, including those who are underrepresented in the protected characteristics set out in our Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.


Contact Person : Dr Patrick O'Callaghan

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Job ID : 058931

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Close Date : 15-Sep-2022 12:00