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 in September 2024 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.




Qualifications

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





Skills

 




  • 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.

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King’s Business School is seeking a highly organised 0.5 FTE administrator to support the KBS Research Team with research outputs and publications, Research Excellence Framework (REF) preparations and shared team email inboxes.



The role holder may also be required to work with the Dickson Poon School of Law (DPSoL) Research Team with similar tasks where needed. KBS & DPSoL have a joint Research Team and some colleagues work across both Faculties.



Role holder responsibilities:




  • Checking research output metadata and open access compliance for REF 2029 using Pure, King’s institutional output repository. Updating output records and liaising with academic staff and central teams where needed. Analyse data and provide overviews about outputs to the KBS Research Team.

  • Supporting the team’s preparations for REF where needed, such as supporting internal output assessment processes.

  • Supporting internal requests for data, statistics and summaries (e.g. data around outputs, research grants, etc).

  • Helping the team to monitor the KBS Research and Postgraduate Research shared team email inboxes and prioritising and responding to a range of queries.

  • Other administrative tasks to support the team where needed.



Full training will be provided.



The role would be well suited to a PhD, Masters or Undergraduate level student with the required skills and experience. At a minimum, the candidate will need to be able to commit until the end of September 2024 but preferably will be able to continue into the academic year. The possibility of extension is subject to strong performance in the role. 



Availability to work some hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays is crucial. The average 17.5 hours a week the role holder would work are somewhat flexible and there will be the possibility for hybrid/at-home working. However, it will be essential that the successful candidate is available to work in the office for at least a half day a week (in Bush House, KCL) to facilitate their learning of the role duties and to become acquainted with other members of the KBS Research Team.



How to apply: Please send a one page cover letter and your CV to kbsresearch@kcl.ac.uk. 



Contact: If you have any enquiries about the role, please contact kbsresearch@kcl.ac.uk.




Qualifications

Please see experience/ skills required.



Skills

  • Good numeracy and MS Excel skills. 

  • Experience of and the ability to check, analyse and summarise a large volume of data.

  • Good understanding of research in the context of the higher education sector. Desirable to have previous experience of conducting or supporting research (e.g. in an administrative or research assistant role).

  • Confidence, experience, and skills at managing busy inboxes using MS Outlook and being able to independently prioritise and respond to a range of queries.

  • Strong written communication skills.

  • Be discrete in the handling of confidential information and material.

  • Existing experience working in universities/the higher education sector, or an interest in developing knowledge of this sector.

  • Skills and experience of learning and using online systems (ideally including some higher education systems).

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Qualifications

PhD degree.



Skills

Experience in co-creating research related to sustainability in different fields such as entrepreneurship, education and policy.

This particular role is a full time assignment and is not suitable for a student.



Working hours Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm 



The role is to cover semester activities, please see the dates below:



09/09/2024 - 13/12/2024



13/01/2025 - 17/04/2025



The face of King’s” is the primary focus for this role and involves being available to help and support students, staff, and visitors when they are on site.  Most of this role will be on ‘the shop floor’, supporting the community in our public spaces. Good customer service skills are required to support the Directorates vision of ‘World class services, for a world class University.’ The post holder will have good communication skills, and to act as a key information contact for stakeholders.



Along with customer service, this role will have a strong focus on H&S, focusing on stewarding of high traffic areas (pinch points) throughout the day due to high levels of campus activity. You will play a vital role in ensuring that we provide a safe working environment of all building users by identifying issues and reporting via the correct channels. You will also act in the capacity of fire evacuation marshal in the event of a fire alarm activation.



The successful candidate will be required to work five shifts in seven on a revolving shift pattern in accordance with the needs of the business.



Customer Service and Quality




  • Become the familiar face for all building users to assist with the delivery a world class campus experience.

  • To role model the highest levels of customer care though the Fit for King’s programme and monitor, where required, the quality of all services provided to the community.

  • Helping all building users with wayfinding, knowledge of campus activity and general queries whilst highlighting health and safety issues and promoting positive behaviours



Communication




  • To be confident and pro-active in conversing with students, staff and visitors.

  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with all members of the Campus Operations team and communicate regularly with their line manager with any new or important issues as they may arise.

  • Work cohesively within a team of 12+ individuals, motivating, supporting and driving the team forward for the benefit of the business.



Manage flow of building occupants




  • Actively encouraging the flow of staff and students through high traffic areas (pinch points) when entering/exiting teaching spaces, informal learning space etc. and politely moving on students and staff who are congregating in corridor areas.

  • To act in the capacity of evacuation marshal as required, by monitoring areas to prevent re-entry to affected spaces as well as shepherding staff and students away from the buildings.



General




  • The successful candidate will be required to work five shifts in seven revolving shift patterns in accordance with the needs of the business.

  • The post holder may be required to undertake other duties as may reasonably be required from time to time.

  • To take pride in their appearance, ensuring immaculate presentation in line with campus activity



Qualifications

n/a



Skills

  • Demonstrable ability to deliver a high level of customer satisfaction 

  • Excellent oral & written communication skills 

  • Experience in delivering high level customer service

  • Presentable appearance 

  • Professional and positive approach to work 

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