Post-doctoral Associates (CPDAs)

University of Cambridge - Jesus College

Jesus College intends to appoint up to six College Post-doctoral Associates (CPDAs) on or before 1 October 2018. Applicants must at the time of appointment have been awarded their PhD, and may be graduates of any university. They must at the time of appointment, and for the duration of the appointment, be employed by the University of Cambridge in a post-doctoral research role. Preference will be given to applicants who intend to be resident in Cambridge for most or all of their period of appointment. There are no conditions of age or subject attached to these positions, but candidates would normally be early in their research career and not yet in a tenured post.

CPDAs will be selected by reference to their ability to contribute to the intellectual and educational life of the College. The principal areas in which it is hoped that CPDAs will make such contributions are (i) in support of the College’s research activities, including giving seminars and providing advice and guidance to research students, (ii) in undergraduate teaching through supervisions, (iii) in support of the College’s outreach and widening participation work, and (iv) in support of the activities of the College’s Development Office, for example, by giving “public interest” lectures to groups of alumni or writing articles about their research for College publications.

The CPDA position will normally be tenable for a period of three years. Applications from candidates with guaranteed funding that ends before 30 September 2020 will not normally be considered. No stipend or honorarium is payable; no room or accommodation provided. The dining rights of CPDAs are one free meal per week (lunch or dinner) with additional meals and guests at the CPDA’s expense; CPDAs are also invited to a number of College events. Any supervision carried out for the College will be paid for at the standard rates plus the same mark-up as is applicable to Fellows of the College.

Application forms and information on how we use your personal data may be obtained from the College website, the Master’s Office (CPDA), Jesus College, Cambridge CB5 8BL, or by email from Applications must be received by 1pm on Monday 18 June 2018. The application should include your curriculum vitae, and a statement of not more than 500 words, intelligible to academics in a completely different discipline, outlining present and future research and/or teaching plans, and a second statement of not more than 200 words setting out the area(s) in which you would hope to contribute to the intellectual and educational life of the College. Two references are required, which must also arrive at the College, preferably by email to, by 1pm on Monday 18 June 2018. Interviews will be held the week beginning 9th July 2018.

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