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University Lecturer in American History

The Faculty of History is seeking to appoint a University Lecturer in American History, who has outstanding abilities in research and teaching. The successful candidate will be part of a lively and intellectually stimulating research community in the American History Subject Group, which performs to the highest international levels in research and publications and is supported by the resources of the Mellon Fund. The post is available from 1 September 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The appointee will have an outstanding research profile in any field of American history from 1750 to the present. Early career and more senior applicants in all fields of American history are encouraged to apply.

The appointee must: have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organisational skills; show a commitment to supporting students academically; and be able and ready to co-operate in Faculty affairs, including undertaking administration.

The appointee will be responsible for teaching American History at all levels from first-year undergraduate to PhD. She or he will be expected to offer a taught course to the MPhil in American history and to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. In due course, the appointee will be expected to design and teach a Part II Specified and a Special Subject paper on an American history topic, and to play a part in convening Part I papers and directing the MPhil in American history. The appointee will also be expected to become a full participant in the Cambridge American History Seminar.

The Faculty welcomes applications from both early-career scholars and those who already have established careers. By the start of the appointment, the successful candidate must hold a doctorate (or equivalent) in a relevant field.

The Lecturer will be based in central Cambridge. Appointments will be for a probationary period of 5 years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

More information about the requirements for this post are available in the Further Particulars, below. When applying, please ensure that you upload any additional documents requested to the 'upload' section of the online application.

Applicants seeking further information about this post may contact Professor Tim Harper, Chair of the Faculty of History at For Further information about the application process please contact the Faculty's HR Administrator, Ms Joanne Pearson (e-mail:, telephone: +44 (0)1223 335350).

Please quote reference JJ14408 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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