Assistant Professor in Human, Animal and Environment Relations

University of Cambridge Department of Archaeology

The Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in Human, Animal and Environment Relations, to start on 1 September 2023 or as soon thereafter as possible.

The successful candidate will be active in research and committed to teach in Archaeology, Environmental Archaeology and/or Archaeological Science, with a strong preference for the fields of zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology, hunter-gatherer archaeology, early European prehistory, broader global prehistory, in all cases with the expectation of a strong interest in their relationships to people and societies. We seek someone with an active engagement in both fieldwork and expert lab-based analysis, who complements and helps to integrate existing specialisms within the department after recent and pending retirements, and whose approach is broad, theoretically informed and interdisciplinary.

The Department values traditional research on macro- and micro-remains, but equally seeks to recruit a forward-looking archaeological scientist and thinker who will push the boundaries by applying cutting-edge methods (field and lab-based) to address challenges relating to current and future societal and environmental change. The appointed candidate may also have oversight of some of the Department's extensive reference collections, and will be expected to be active in management of the appropriate sector of the Department's outstanding suite of laboratories. There are excellent opportunities to work with the highly regarded Cambridge Archaeological Unit, whose research is primarily focused on the local region. Potential collaborations with Zoology, Geography, Earth Sciences and/or the Cambridge Conservation Initiative are also welcome.

The successful candidate will play a key role in the creation of new research and teaching (undergraduate and postgraduate) in Archaeology, Environmental Archaeology and/or Archaeological Science, working within the exciting framework and opportunities of a large Department committed to interdisciplinary approaches. The successful candidate is also expected to contribute actively to the University's aim of developing wider strategic connections and initiatives. The appointment made will be permanent, subject to a probationary period of five years.

The selection process will take into account each candidate's fulfilment of the following criteria:

  • Excellent first degree and a doctorate (or clear evidence that completion of such a doctorate is imminent) in a relevant aspect of archaeology or cognate fields.
  • Internationally outstanding research in terms of publications and projects, commensurate with the stage of career.
  • Ability to initiate and engage in international collaborations commensurate with career stage.
  • Experience in the formulation and submission of research funding applications commensurate with stage of career.
  • Evidence of ability to teach broadly in archaeology, environmental archaeology and related fields, as well as to develop and teach specialist courses at undergraduate and graduate level in their field of expertise.
  • Ability to play an effective role in the life and work of the Department and University as a whole.
  • Ability to work co-operatively with academic colleagues and support staff.

Applications should include:

  • A brief covering letter
  • A statement outlining current and future research interests.
  • A proposal for a specialist 16 lecture course aimed at final year undergraduate and masters students.
  • A curriculum vitae including an up-to-date list of publications
  • The names and contact details of THREE referees.

The University of Cambridge aims to be a leader in fostering equality and inclusion, and in promoting respect and a sense of belonging for all. We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented in our department.

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Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit two samples of published work or extracts of published work totalling no more than 20,000 words in length. Applicants invited for interview will be asked to make a presentation on their research and give a short teaching sample lecture on a specified topic, will meet staff and students individually and in groups, and will have an interview with the Appointments Committee. Interviews will take place in Cambridge at the end of April 2023.

Closing date: 6 April 2023.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Tamsin O'Connell, Head of Department, ( For any queries about the application process or online system please contact

Please quote reference JD34904 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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