Research Assistant

University of Cambridge - Centre of African Studies

The Centre of African Studies invites applications for the Smuts Research Fellowship in African Studies, from candidates at the postdoctoral level in all disciplines within the humanities and social sciences.

Ideally applicants will have gained a PhD (or equivalent) within the last five years or will have gained a PhD by the time of the appointment. Candidates should have excellent research ability in a field which fits with the interdisciplinary ethos of the Centre. The appointment is for a period of three years, and is non-renewable.

The Smuts Research Fellow will be expected to carry out an approved programme of research relating to Africa, to participate in the life of the Centre, and to contribute to teaching the MPhil in African Studies. The precise nature of the teaching contribution is open to discussion, but we would require the Fellow to be present and available to teach in either Michaelmas or Lent term each year. The Fellow will also be involved in organising the Centre's seminar programme and colloquia.

The Centre of African Studies was established in 1965 by path-breaking anthropologist Dr Audrey Richards. The Centre supports teaching on Africa at the University of Cambridge through its library and through its seminar series. It also acts as a platform for interdisciplinary research, bringing the University's Africanists together with scholars from African, American, and European universities.

The Centre belongs to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Cambridge. Most Cambridge academics pursuing scholarly work on Africa hold faculty and/or college posts, but gravitate around the Centre and are members of its Managers' Committee, the body entrusted with the general running of the institution.

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.

Please submit a covering letter and a copy of your CV plus a brief description (not more than 1,500 words) of your intended research. The details of three academic referees should be included.

Enquiries regarding the vacancy may be addressed to

Please quote reference UA13364 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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