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Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Faculty of LawWe are looking for a post-doctoral researcher, or person with equivalent experience, to undertake research on a two year project on the problems facing print journalism in the digital environment and the prospects for copyright-based solutions. The project is jointly headed by Professor Ian Hargreaves, Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff University, formerly Editor of The Independent, and author of Digital Opportunity: Intellectual Property and Growth (2011), and Professor Lionel Bently, Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge. The researcher will probably be based in Cambridge, associated with the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, whilst developing and drawing on relationships with Cardiff's Centre for Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. A Cardiff base is also a possibility. The researcher will spend much of the project gaining a deep understanding of how newspapers have been reacting to the challenges and opportunities of the digital environment, and thinking about the potential implications of these changes.

The successful candidate will be a post-doctoral researcher in journalism, history of journalism/news or copyright law, or have equivalent relevant experience. If the candidate has a background in law, he or she will be expected quickly to become familiar with the history, practice and business of print journalism. If the candidate has a background in the history, practice or business of print journalism, he or she will need to obtain quickly a knowledge of copyright law and practice. An ability to interview effectively those in the field is essential to the success of the project. An ability to read and speak French and German would also be an advantage.

The researcher will publish at least three articles, organise workshops and a final conference.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years.

There is no formal application form, although applicants are asked to complete and return the Form CHRIS/6, which can be found at the following link: together with their curriculum vitae (which should be signed and dated), and a covering letter, to Julie Boucher via email to or via post to the Faculty of Law, 10 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DZ, to arrive no later than 9 December 2013. In addition, please arrange for two referees to send a reference to Professor Lionel Bently, c/o Julie Boucher at the same address and by the same date.

Quote Reference: JK02113
Salary: £27,854-£36,298 pa
Closing Date: 9 December 2013

Further particulars are available to download.

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