Vere Harmsworth Professorship of Imperial and Naval History

University of Cambridge - Faculty of History

The Board of Electors to the Vere Harmsworth Professorship of Imperial and Naval History invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work falls within the general field of Imperial and Naval History to take up appointment on 1 October 2018 or at a date to be agreed thereafter. Recent holders of the Professorship have transformed the study of British imperial constitutional history into a field of global reach. This includes coverage of the social and economic histories of European and non-European empires; resistance and responses to colonialism; the development of national liberation movements; postcolonial states; and global connections in thought and ideas, commerce, labour, culture, religion and migration.  The successful candidate is expected to play a leading role in the World History Group.

Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in the field of World History, and the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and developing a leading research presence. They will hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification.

Standard professorial duties include teaching and research, and contribution to examining, supervision and administration, especially of the Faculty's world leading MPhil in World History. 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, 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 23 April 2018.

Informal enquiries should be made to Professor Tim Harper, Chair of the Faculty of History and Convenor of the Board of Electors, at

Please quote reference JJ15028 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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