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Postdoc Academy

 

Although you are busy working in a world-class research environment, many postdocs value a formal attachment to one of the Colleges, which allows them to carry on with their day-to-day research whilst at the same time enjoying the facilities, benefits, teaching opportunities and interdisciplinary contacts that a College could offer.

Many postdocs who are new to Cambridge may not know where to begin with obtaining a College affiliation. Below, you’ll find a list of current unsalaried opportunities, which is updated regularly.

If you are interested in fully funded Junior Research Fellowships, please refer to the University’s jobs site and the Reporter – the University’s official journal.

The Postdocs of Cambridge Society (PdOC) maintains a College affiliation guide, which includes a database of opportunities that you may find useful.

 

Current opportunities

 

Non-stipendiary Position Application Deadline Tenure

Homerton College

College Research Associates

5pm, 31 August 3 years

Trinity Hall

Postdoctoral Research Associates

7 September 2 years

Wolfson College

Junior Research Fellows 

12pm, 5 October

1 year (renewable for a further two years) 

Christ's College

Junior Research Fellows

12pm, 12 January 2021 2-4 years

 

 

Types of affiliations

Postdoctoral College affiliation opportunities are usually categorised as a Postdoctoral Research Associateship (also called an ‘affiliation’), a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or a non-stipendiary JRF.

 

Postdoctoral Research Associateship or membership: titles vary so these opportunities could also be called College Research Associateships, Postdoctoral Memberships or simply an ‘affiliation’. College affiliation can be a very useful starting point for new postdocs in Cambridge. They will experience the academic and social life of a College, join networks and have opportunities to meet like-minded colleagues.

College affiliations are less competitive than JRFs or non-stipendiary Fellowships and are more numerous. Not all Colleges operate an affiliation scheme, but many do. Application processes vary and schemes begin and end throughout the year. See the PdOC College affiliation guide for more information.

 

A Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is a salaried three-year Fellowship suitable for postdoctoral researchers and scholars at an early stage of their academic career. JRFs are invited to take part in all College activities, are typically offered College accommodation and dining benefits, grants for research expenses, as well as access to social and sports facilities.

Research Fellows might get involved in teaching, tutoring, supervision and research within the College. JRFs are highly competitive with hundreds of applications received per Fellowship. Please note, however, that if you’re already on a research contract then a JRF would not be relevant for you.

We do not advertise these opportunities on this site.

 

Non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships: these opportunities are similar to JRFs, but do not include a salary. Non-stipendiary Fellowships offer postdocs the opportunity to get involved in College life via teaching, often include dining rights, subsidised accommodation and access to research bursaries.

Non-stipendiary JRFs are competitive, but less so than their salaried equivalent and are suitable for postdocs already on a current research contract.

 

How to apply

Application processes vary by College though application materials would typically include a CV, a research statement and one or two letters of support. See the individual scheme advert for precise details.

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Stephen Hawking Fellowships 2020 - apply by 7 September

29 July 2020

The fellowships will provide up to 4 years’ funding for postdoctoral fellows with a strong passion for curiosity driven science that seek to challenge current assumptions, advance scientific knowledge and inspire the public through their discoveries.

Global Future Councils Fellowship - apply by 14 August

22 July 2020

The World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils are seeking to appoint a number of postdoctoral fellows.

Schmidt Science Fellowship - 2021 call now open

16 July 2020

Final Year PhD students in STEMM disciplines are invited to self-nominate for the 2021 Schmidt Science Fellows programme.