Research Assistant in Commercial Law Studies
Queen Mary University of London School of Law
United Kingdom

Research Assistant in Commercial Law Studies 

Department: School of Law/Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Salary: £31,613 to £33,324 per annum (Grade 4)

Reference: QMUL22342

Location: Lincolns Inn Fields

Date posted: 12-Jun-2020

Closing date: 12-Jul-2020

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About the Role

CCLS is seeking to expand its established cloud legal research team by appointing two additional Researchers, each on a fixed-term contract for 12 months.

The post holders will work flexibly across the projects as directed. Examples of current and anticipated research topics are legal and regulatory aspects of cloud contracts, blockchain, cloud robotics, cloud gaming, machine learning and artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, cloud localisation requirements, tax treatment of cloud services and providers, the use of cloud computing in regulated sectors such as financial services and healthcare, cybersecurity, data trusts, inconsistencies in the treatment of assets offline and in the cloud, the evolution of cloud standards, and the implications for cloud computing of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Over the past decade the team has published articles, presented at conferences, and provided input to legislative and regulatory consultations on a broad range of cloud-related topics.

The post holders will undertake research investigations, produce and disseminate research outputs in collaboration with and under the supervision of Professors Christopher Millard, Ian Walden and Chris Reed in order to further the objectives of the Cloud Legal Project and the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre. There may also be specific opportunities to contribute to the teaching of LLM courses in London, Paris, and via Distance Learning, including a pioneering module in Cloud Computing Law.

About You

Candidates must be able to demonstrate strong research skills, excellent writing and editing skills, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Candidates must also hold a Master’s degree in law or relevant subject.

About the School

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has received a multi-year academic donation from Microsoft to support research on a range of cloud-related legal and regulatory issues (the ‘Cloud Legal Project’) as well as additional funding for collaborative work on cloud computing which we are undertaking with the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory (the ‘Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre’).

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 Lincoln's Inn Fields Campus in London. It is full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment for 12 months, with an expected start date agreed between 1st August 2020 and 31st  January 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £31,613 to £33,324 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 Prof Christopher Millard at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 12 July 2020 and interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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