Sidney Sussex College intends to welcome a number of new College Research Associates (CRAs) from 1 September 2023. The new Associates will join a thriving group of University post-doctoral researchers and academic visitors to the College, and have many opportunities to engage and build connections with a lively multi-disciplinary Fellowship. See:

Applicants for an Associateship must hold a contract of employment with the University of Cambridge in a post-doctoral research role, for the duration of the Associateship. Preference will be given to applicants who intend to be resident in Cambridge for most or all of their period of appointment. There are no conditions of age or subject attached to these positions, but applicants would normally be early in their research career and not yet in a tenured post.

CRAs will be selected by reference to their ability to contribute to the intellectual and educational life of the College. Typical contributions include combinations of the following:

  • support of the College’s research activities, including giving seminars and providing advice and guidance to research students
  • undergraduate teaching through supervisions,
  • support of the College’s outreach and widening participation work, and of the activities of the College’s Development Office, for example, by giving “public interest” lectures to groups of alumni or writing articles about their research for College publications.

College Research Associateships are tenable for a period of up to two years, and may be renewed once for a further period of up to two years. No stipend or honorarium is payable. The Associates have access to College facilities including the Library, Gym, and Senior Combination Room; they enjoy High Table dining privileges of 1 lunch and 1 dinner per week (when High Table is held, with the exclusion of certain Fridays); they may have additional meals, and bring guests to dinner, for a charge.

Undergraduate supervisions and associated non-supervision activities (e.g. setting and marking of progress tests) carried out for the College will be separately remunerated.

Applications must be submitted by email to, to be received by Monday 19 June 2023.

The portfolio must include:

  • the applicant’s curriculum vitae, and
  • a statement of not more than 600 words, intelligible to academics in a completely different discipline, outlining the applicant’s research plans, and the area(s) in which the applicant hopes to contribute to the intellectual and educational life of the College.

The applicant needs to ensure that a reference (typically from a Cambridge departmental sponsor) is also received by the same date. Appointments will be made by the College Council at its Annual Meeting of 28 June 2023, and all applicants shall be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as practicable thereafter.

For further information please contact the Senior Tutor, Mr Max Beber (, Tel. +44 1223 3 38870)

The College is an equal opportunities employer.

The College Council reserves the right not to make an appointment.