Lecturer in Environmental Archaeology

University of Cambridge

The Department of Archaeology seeks to appoint a University Lecturer in Environmental Archaeology, to start on 1 September 2020 or as soon thereafter as possible. The successful candidate will be active in research and committed to teach in Environmental Archaeology, with a strong preference for the fields of archaeobotany, geoarchaeology, palaeoecology and/or landscape historical ecology, 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 the Department's extensive ecological 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 Geography, Earth Sciences and/or the Cambridge Conservation Initiative are also welcome. The Department is interested in receiving applications from those whose portfolio or plans include internationally significant work in NW Europe (including the British Isles), although candidates who work in all regions of the world are equally strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will play a key role in the creation of new research and teaching (undergraduate as well as graduate) in Environmental Archaeology, working within the exciting framework and opportunities of a radically enlarged 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.

Candidates will need to show evidence of the following qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • Excellent first degree and a doctorate (or clear evidence that completion of such a doctorate is imminent) in a relevant aspect of environmental archaeology or cognate fields.
  • Evidence of ability to engage in internationally outstanding research.
  • Publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career.
  • Evidence of the ability to initiate and engage in international collaborations, including grant acquisition, commensurate with career stage.
  • Evidence of ability to teach broadly in environmental archaeology and related fields, as well as to develop and teach specialist courses at undergraduate and graduate level in their fields of expertise.
  • Evidence of ability to teach and research across disciplinary boundaries relevant to the opportunities and challenges of environmental and ecological analysis.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work as a willing and effective contributor on Departmental, Faculty and University committees and work groups.

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The successful applicant will benefit from the outstanding facilities offered by the University and the generous support for research and teaching provided by the Department and McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. The post-holder will take a full share of teaching within the range of core and thematic papers and modules taught within the Department at all levels, from first year undergraduate to doctoral research. Duties of the role will also include examination, assessment, administration, and outreach.

Applications should include a covering letter indicating the nature of the contribution you would make to teaching and research (current and future), curriculum vitae, including an up-to-date list of publications, and the names and contact details of THREE referees who can be contacted to provide a reference. Referees will be contacted by the University as soon as possible after submission of an application.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit three samples of published work or extracts of published work totalling no more than 20,000 words in length. Those invited for interview will be asked to make a short presentation, meet staff and students individually and in groups, and will have an interview with the Appointments Committee.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Cyprian Broodbank, Head of Department, cb122@cam.ac.uk. For any queries about the application process or online system please contact hspshr@hermes.cam.ac.uk

Closing date: Friday 8th May 2020.

Please quote reference JD21862 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


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