Postdoctoral Researcher in Classical Architecture

University of Cambridge Faculty of Classics

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

The Ax:son Johnson Centre for the Study of Classical Architecture at the University of Cambridge is a newly established research Centre in the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art, working with the Faculty of Classics. The Centre, supported by the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit of Sweden, has been created to carry out new research on and to increase public understanding of classical architecture, without chronological or geographical limit. Further information on the Centre and its aims will shortly be available at:

Applications are now invited for an Assistant Director of postdoctoral standing to support the Director, Dr Frank Salmon, for the three-year period 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2024 (fixed term). The job is full-time, but it is envisaged that the Assistant Director's administrative role will amount to 0.5 FTE, leaving the appointee with 0.5 FTE to work on their own research and publications, which must be in the field of classical architecture and agreed with the Director. The Assistant Director must be flexible, and be prepared to travel to Sweden on occasion, if requested to do so by the Director.

The role-holder will work, under the line management of the Director, to effect the smooth running of the Centre. Duties will include (but not be limited to): acting as first contact point for general enquiries; ensuring the efficient planning and running of the Centre's regular and occasional academic activities; planning and managing the Centre's Summer Programmes; keeping the Centre's website up to date; monitoring the Centre's expenditure and managing invoices etc. for processing by the Faculty's Chief Accounts Clerk; and drafting the annual report and unaudited accounts.

Applicants will be expected to hold a PhD degree in a relevant subject that equips them to pursue new research on aspects of classical architecture. It will also be possible, with the agreement of the Director, for the Assistant Director to undertake some teaching within the University, with additional remuneration from the colleges being payable for undergraduate supervision.

Salary will be at Point 41 in Grade 7 of the University's single pay spine (currently £32,816). The Assistant Director will have use of a fully equipped office at Downing College, where the Centre will be housed, shared with the Centre's three full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellows.

Informal enquiries may be made to the Centre's Director, Dr Frank Salmon (

Applications must be made via the online system by Monday 10 May 2021 at 12:00 pm. It is expected that online interviews will be held on Friday 14 and/or Monday 17 May.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV, maximum 3 pages) and a covering letter outlining both your qualifications for the administrative aspect of the job and an indication of the research you would be intending to carry out for the remainder of the time. This should also describe the proposed research's alignment with the mission statement of the Centre, the sources to be used, an assessment of its contribution to our understanding of classical architecture, and a plan for public dissemination (maximum 1500 words plus one page of bibliography). In addition two further documents are required: a transcript of academic results achieved; and a writing sample (maximum 10,000 words).

Please quote reference GB26276 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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