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Many postdocs are keen to get involved with teaching at the University, and there are a number of different opportunities to do that.


Teaching students at the University of Cambridge

Finding opportunities to teach undergraduates at the University typically requires you to be proactive and make approaches to those responsible for teaching in departments and Colleges.

You may be able to contribute to teaching in departments beyond your own, where there are related topics – you can find the full timetable of lectures in all subjects here.

Undergraduates at Cambridge are taught in two ways:

  • Lectures – these are organised in departments, contact your department’s teaching office or the academic responsible for teaching in your department to ask about opportunities to deliver lectures. 
  • Supervisions (teaching groups of 2-6 students) – these are primarily organised by Colleges, contact Directors of Studies in Colleges or lecturers in your department to ask about opportunities to run supervisions. 



Teaching opportunities with Cambridge Advance Online

Cambridge University Press and Assessment and the University of Cambridge are now recruiting for online course tutors for their new partnership, Cambridge Advance Online.

They are seeking subject matter experts in a number of disciplinary areas. See details below for current recruitment calls.

The courses will run for 6-8 weeks, four times a year. The time commitment is approximately 10-12 hours per week, reducing over time as tutors deliver more frequently.

The remuneration for each run of the course will be £4000, with additional remuneration for assistance in course design.


Current course tutor recruitment:

  • No current recruitment calls

There will be tutor information sessions on the following dates:

  • 20 October, 1-2 pm

There will be tutor training courses on the following dates:

  • 28 November – 16 December



Teaching on the Certificate of Higher Education in Pre-Medical Studies

With their Certificate of Higher Education in Pre-Medical Studies, the Institute of Continuing Education aims to expand access to undergraduate medicine degrees by offering this course for mature students who would like to attend medical school.

It has been developed in collaboration with the medical schools at the University of Cambridge, University of East Anglia, and Anglia Ruskin University.

They are looking to recruit postdocs to teach biology on the course.

The course is divided into weeks, with each week consisting of 2-3 pre-recorded lectures, a discussion forum, and a one-hour live zoom session. The students are also expected to come to Cambridge twice a month, usually on two consecutive days for in-person activities.

If you are interested, please contact Detina Zalli at for more details.



Other teaching opportunities/resources


Institute of Continuing Education

The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) runs courses for those working towards a degree, mid-career professionals, international students, and lifelong and later life learners.

ICE courses are taught by a panel of tutors, including Cambridge academics, academics from other universities, and professional experts.

They are keen to hear from postdocs interested in joining their paid pool of panel tutors. More information on this opportunity can be found on the ICE website.

Bioinformatics Training Facility

The Bioinformatics Training Facility of the School of Biological Sciences offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate hands-on training courses, focused on bioinformatics and computational biology.

These training activities aim at enabling life scientists to effectively handle and interpret biological data.

These are mainly taught by researchers from the University of Cambridge, with contributions from collaborators from bioinformatics institutes in Cambridge and further afield.

The Facility is always looking for postdocs who are working in bioinformatics and are interested in developing training skills.

Interested postdocs can join their existing pool of trainers, and contribute to delivering existing courses, as well as propose new courses, based on their interests. 

Please contact the Bioinformatics Team for more information.

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is seeking postdocs for teaching opportunities on the global sustainability challenges facing business (including finance), society and the built environment.

The opportunities are primarily for supervising and tutoring on part-time postgraduate courses for mid-career professionals.

Individuals should have some experience of working in or with business, or with the built environment, and will be able to articulate the systemic nature of the sustainability challenges that we face. 

The Institute is seeking to enlarge its pool of supervisors for the MSt in Sustainability Leadership for both Business and the Built Environment, and would be pleased to hear from you if your research is of relevance (or transferable) to some aspect of the sustainability agenda.

In addition, the Institute is seeking tutors to lead students through the shorter assignments on the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business and the MSt Sustainability Leadership. 

Please email and attach a CV if you would like to discuss upcoming opportunities at the Institute.

Teaching training and support

The Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning (CCTL) supports staff who teach at the University by providing training, developing networks, and funding innovation.

CCTL provides short training courses and guidance related to teaching.

They also offer more intensive teaching development/accreditation programmes, including:

  • a new Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • the Teaching Associates’ Programme
  • a development course for newly appointed Lecturers.