University of Cambridge

Job Opportunities

Applying for a job

How to apply

The University does not have a central recruitment office for you to apply to because departments and institutions manage their own recruitment. Please note that we are not able to respond to speculative applications for employment.

The University is moving to a system of online application for job vacancies. Jobs using this new system display an ‘Apply online’ button in the advert.

Jobs where you can apply online

To apply for a job online, just click the ‘Apply online’ button in the advert. You will need an email address to register for our online system. A document providing guidance for applicants is available which will help you through the process of filling in the online application form.

The job advert (or the further information document) will tell you who to contact if you have any questions about the job. If you cannot apply online—for example, if you have a disability—then this person will be able to provide you with a paper application form or other suitable alternative format.

If you have technical difficulties with the online system, then contact for help.

Jobs which don't have an apply online button

The job advert (or the further information document) will tell you how and where to apply. It will also tell you who to contact if you have any questions.

To apply for a job, you will normally need to complete an Application for Employment Form (CHRIS/5) or to submit your curriculum vitae (CV) with a completed Cover Sheet for CVs Form (CHRIS/6). You must read the guidance notes for the relevant form before you fill it in. You only need to complete part 2 of the form if you have been instructed to in the job advert (or further information document).

We offer the CHRIS/5 and CHRIS/6 forms in alternative formats. Please contact the department you are applying to if you would like them to provide you with one.

For information about how your personal data is used as an applicant, please see the section on Applicant Data on our HR web pages.