Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Professorship of the Deep History and Archaeology of Africa

University of Cambridge - Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

The Board of Electors to the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Professorship of the Deep History and Archaeology of Africa invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 January 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Candidates will have an outstanding research and teaching record of international stature in African archaeology and deep history, broadly construed as an interdisciplinary field. They will demonstrate a continent-wide vision of this field and its major themes, and a broad chronological range of engagement, as well as an understanding of the place of Africa and African archaeology in the wider global perspective. They will demonstrate expertise in at least two of the major regions within Africa, necessarily including sub-Saharan Africa, as well as extensive African fieldwork experience. They will have the commitment, knowledge, connections, enthusiasm and leadership qualities to build both African archaeology in Cambridge and, collaboratively, archaeology within Africa, through intellectually innovative research, fieldwork and other project development, team building, education, outreach, capacity building and engagement with issues such as heritage, sustainability and the politics of the past. They will hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification. The Professor will be based in Cambridge. A competitive salary will be offered.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Further information is available at: or contact the Human Resources Division, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TT, (email:

Applications, consisting of a letter of application, a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a publications list, along with details of three referees, should be made online no later than 26 September 2017.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Cyprian Broodbank, Disney Professor of Archaeology (

Please quote reference JB12528 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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