University Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology

University of Cambridge Department of Archaeology

The Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge seeks to appoint a University Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology, to start on 1st September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be active in research and committed to teach in Palaeolithic Archaeology, and will initiate an ambitious new phase in Cambridge's long-term prominence in this field. In particular, the Department welcomes applications from those whose research experience, expertise and/or future vision combine regional engagement with comparative and global perspectives, and who engage with questions in broader social/cultural archaeology, archaeological science, and/or human evolutionary studies. The successful candidate will play a key role in an exciting, newly enlarged Department, and will foster synergies across its constituent fields, which include broad-spectrum archaeology, human evolutionary studies, the archaeology and languages of the Near East and Egypt, and heritage studies. The successful candidate will share the departmental commitment to integrated interdisciplinary approaches in teaching and research. They will be expected to contribute actively to the University's aim of developing wider strategic international 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 Palaeolithic Archaeology or a relevant cognate field.
  • Evidence of ability to engage in internationally outstanding research.
  • Publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with career stage.
  • Evidence of the ability to initiate and engage in international collaborations, including grant acquisition.
  • Evidence of ability to teach core Palaeolithic Archaeology, and 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 context of Palaeolithic Archaeology in Cambridge (e.g. in relation to human evolutionary studies, environmental and material sciences, quantitative and computational approaches, etc.)

Candidates will need to show a track record that demonstrates their future ability to:

  • Play an effective role in the life and work of the Department and University as a whole.
  • Work co-operatively with academic colleagues and support staff.
  • Work as a willing and effective contributor on Departmental, Faculty and University committees and work groups.

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.

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Applications should include a covering letter indicating the nature of the contribution you would make to teaching and research (current and future), a 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 nominate three of their publications or extracts of published work, as representative of their best work to date, totalling no more than 20,000 words in length, in advance of the interview process. Short-listed applications will be invited to make a presentation of their work to the Department and give a short sample teaching lecture, 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, For any queries about the application process or online system please contact

Please quote reference JD25641 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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