Research Assistant In Construction Law And Dispute Resolution

Job Description

The Centre of Construction Law & Dispute Resolution at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London is a world-leading academic centre focusing on research and teaching in the area of construction law. The Centre is looking for a Research Assistant that will work on projects in the area of construction dispute resolution including international arbitration, construction adjudication and other methods of ADR. The Research Assistant will also work on non-contentious construction law and will assist with administrative tasks such as the organisation of events.  

The Research Assistant is intended to start as soon as possible and work full-time for an initial period of six months, with the possibility of extension depending on the workload and profile of the candidate. 

The prospective Research Assistant will:  

  • Conduct legal research in the area of construction dispute resolution;  

  • Draft literature reviews that will form the basis for further research and funding applications;  

  • Assist with drafting publications, keeping track of any formal requirements and deadlines; 

  • Conduct editorial work in compliance with the necessary house styles;  

  • Liaise with project stakeholders; 

  • Assist with other ad hoc tasks as needed at the Centre.  


Undergraduate degree in law, completed with an outstanding academic result (First Class or equivalent, if abroad)


  • Undergraduate degree in law, completed with an outstanding academic result (First Class or equivalent, if abroad); 

  • Interest in construction law and/or commercial dispute resolution including litigation, international arbitration and ADR; 

  • Strong legal research experience;  

  • Strong English language communication skills;  

  • Ability to multi-task and work well independently; 

  • Ability to balance competing priorities under pressure of deadlines and workload; 

  • Experience in project, or event planning and implementation; 

  • Work experience or education relevant to the Centre projects, such as an LLM or other postgraduate degree, would be an advantage. 


Research assistance on public international law as well as help relating to events of the Shell Lectureship


LL.B. Or equivalent, word, excel


Knowledge in public international law, e.g. general PIL and trade

The 3 postgraduate candidates are expected to work out 12 research impact post articles in total, with 4 cases (40 working hours) for each candidate to draft with. All case documents, including reports, maps and photos, possibly videos and animations, will be provided by supervisor, Dr Yijing Li. 

The 40 hours for each candidate will be estimated to spend on following activities: 

  1. 8 hours per case drafting upon receiving the relevant documents (8*4=32 hours)

  2. 2 hours kick-off meeting with Faculty communication team and supervisor, on setting up the post article's template

  3. 1.5 hours on average on polishing if received any comments or feedback on further editing from the Faculty communication team (1.5*4=6 hours)




Executive Briefing report drafting; storytelling using data-driven evidence in multiple format; good communciation skills and collaborative attitude.

St Mary Le Strand: Rebecca Smith Installation

GLOW: ILLUMINATING INNOVATION is a multi-sited London exhibition showcasing groundbreaking artworks by leading women artists working with cutting-edge technologies. Brand-new pieces have been curated alongside historical works spanning five decades revealing the previously hidden innovation by women in technology.

Situated inside the St Mary le Strand church and drawing directly from the live environmental data generated by the many sensors that surround the Strand Aldwych space, colours, movement, speed, and sound will all be informed from large swaths of live data exchange.

By taking information that is invisible to the human eye and presenting it in a way that seamlessly overlays with the public realm, the audience are invited to explore a dynamic perception of space, and to critically engage with issues of climate change and the environment.

This light and sound installation will be in place inside the church for three days – from the 11 – 13 March and will be open to the public from 10am – 10pm. During this time invigilators are required to check in visitors and gather evaluation data.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This installation uses haze and flashing lights.

Key Tasks

  • Complete the training for the role. 

  • Represent King’s College London during the art installation/performance at the church, being the first port of call for questions from the public, handing out promotional material (if available) and providing excellent customer service to visitors.

  • Be comfortable approaching and interacting with the public ushering and signposting towards the event.

  • Approach members of the public to undertake a questionnaire, 

  • Encourage people to follow @CulturalKings.

  • Inform visitors about the rest of the GLOW exhibition in other sites and direct them to the GLOW website for more information.

  • Be friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable and communicate effectively with visitors answering any queries or concerns politely and signposting to various points locally including public toilet facilities.

  • Observe when overcrowding begins and help with guiding participants to the extra space, working with other event staff to manage queues.

  • Flag unexpected emergencies to duty staff and help to guide and evacuate people to a safe place.

  • Keep vigilant for any strange behaviour and reports from the public inform event staff asap.





Essential Criteria

  • Excellent customer service skills and experience

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Confident approaching members of the public

  • Punctual

  • Flexible approach to duties

  • Ability to be proactive and motivated during quiet periods

  • Awareness of Health and Safety procedures To be available for all shifts from 11 – 13 March



Desirable Criteria

  • Experience working in the arts/theatre

  • Experience working on large scale events

  • Front of house experience.

  • An interest in Art and Digital Technology