Mellon Newton Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2014-16 - VM02451

Two 2-year posts based at CRASSH

From 1 October 2014-30 September 2016

Deadline:  12pm GMT Midday 27 February 2014
Vacancy Reference: VM02451

Two-year interdisciplinary postdoctoral Research Fellowships based at CRASSH.  The programme, funded jointly by the Mellon Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust, is aimed at researchers working in any field of the arts, social sciences or humanities. The fellowships enable postdoctoral fellows to consolidate their research and publication record while developing a related project or initiative at CRASSH during their two-year fellowship. Since its start, the programme has appointed six fellows and information about previous and current fellows can be found on the CRASSH website.

Fellows are expected to propose a research project that should relate to the Centre’s theme,  The Location of Knowledge (under the tab Theme 2013-15). As well as conducting their own research, Fellows are expected to initiate or co-ordinate a project at CRASSH. Such projects might include: convening a cross-disciplinary Graduate/Faculty research group; organising workshops, colloquia, or a conference in their field; creating an interdisciplinary research network; spearheading a collaborative cross-School or inter-institutional research initiative.  Like most postdoctoral fellows at Cambridge, they can at their discretion take on some tutorial teaching if they wished, to a maximum of 4-6 hours per week.  Fellows report to the Director, Professor Simon Goldhill, and in addition are assigned an appropriate Faculty mentor or mentors to link them to the wider research and teaching context in their field(s).

Mellon/Newton Research Fellows will have a strong academic record and the potential to make a significant contribution to interdisciplinary research initiatives, new or existing, at CRASSH and the University of Cambridge. Applicants must have:
*  A good first degree and a doctorate in a relevant subject area of the arts, social sciences, or humanities, the doctorate being awarded by the deadline (27 February 2014) and not more than five years before 1 October 2014;
*  Evidence of ability to engage in high-level research in an interdisciplinary context, with publications and particiaption in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career;
*  Evidence of ability and/or aptitude for organising and participating in collaborative research initiatives/projects;
*  A research proposal closely related to the Centre's theme;
*  Native or near native competence in English.

Appointment will be made for two years from 1 October 2014 and is non-renewable. The pensionable scale of stipends for a Mellon/Newton  Research Fellow is currently £28,132-£36,661.  A travel and research expenses allowance of up to £3000 per annum will be available.

Further Information can be downloaded here.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made via the online system  by midday on 27 February 2014, and must include the following information.  All sections of the form must be completed - see the guidance below. 

  • Curriculum Vitae uploaded as PDF
  • Project Title & Description:  Enter the details of your Research Proposal here (1500-2000 words, maximum 10,000 characters).  This is your own research and should relate to the Centre's theme, The Location of Knowledge.
  • In the first Additional Material section of the form, upload a CRASSH project proposal, (about a page outlining your ideas for CRASSH-related project, as distinct from your own research proposal) up to 500 words, uploaded as PDF. 
  • A Sample of Writing, uploaded as PDF in the field indicated, of no more than 10,000 words each and should be the work that best indicates the candidate's suitability for this project. The writing sample can be published work or a chapter from the applicant’s thesis.
  • Completed form CHRIS 6, Parts 1 & 3 only, uploaded as pdf file in the Additional Material field
  • The names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with applicant's work, and who must submit confidential academic references via the online system by the closing date. It is the candidates’ responsibility to ensure that letters of reference are received by the deadline.

Interviews are planned for Friday 23 May 2014.

Shortlisted candidates invited for interview will be informed by 30 April 2014. We regret that we will only contact shortlisted candidates. Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Simon Goldhill, sdg1001@cam.ac.uk. Information about the application process can be directed to the Administrator, Catherine Hurley, ch335@cam.ac.uk.

Equal Opportunities Information
The University of Cambridge appoints solely on merit. No applicant for an appointment in the University, or member of staff once appointed, will be treated less favourably than another on the grounds of sex (including gender reassignment), marital or parental status, race, ethnic or national origin, colour, disability (including HIV status), sexual orientation, religion, age or socio-economic factors.

Information if you have a Disability
The University welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. Our recruitment and selection procedures follow best practice and comply with disability legislation.

The University is committed to ensuring that applicants with disabilities receive fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. Adjustments will be made, wherever reasonable to do so, to enable applicants to compete to the best of their ability and, if successful, to assist them during their employment.

We encourage applicants to declare their disabilities in order that any special arrangements, particularly for the selection process, can be accommodated. Applicants or employees can declare a disability at any time.

Applicants wishing to discuss with or inform the University of any special arrangements connected with their disability can, at any point in the recruitment process, contact the Administrator, who is responsible for recruitment to this position, on Telephone: 01223 760490, or by post to CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road,  Cambridge CB3 9DT .

Further Information
There is a range of information which you may find helpful on the University’s website: www.cam.ac.uk/jobs/. This includes applying for posts, working at the University, living in Cambridge and details of current vacancies.


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