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Trinity College, Cambridge, is seeking to appoint an exceptional scholar to research and document the history of the College’s connections to enslavement.  The research goal of the post is to produce and publish research documenting and analysing the College’s links to enslaved people and its economic connections with the exploitation of enslaved labour. A further goal of the post is to provide teaching in broadly related areas of history for undergraduates at the University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate will accordingly be a historian who is able to demonstrate their capacity to pursue and to publish high quality research into all relevant archival, printed, material, and visual sources from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, both within and beyond Trinity’s own archives. In respect of their teaching they will be able to offer effective undergraduate supervision in British, and/or Caribbean and North American, and/or World history from the eighteenth century onwards. Overall, the College seeks to appoint a candidate who through their publications and their teaching will illuminate our understanding of the past and thereby contribute to contemporary discussion and debate.

The post will be open to early career researchers who will be in possession of a PhD by the start date of 1 October 2023. It is tenable for four years.

The salary for the post is set at £51,917 per annum.  The postholder will become a Fellow of the College. They will be expected to dedicate part of their time to teaching (6 hours per week during the 20 weeks of the undergraduate year) as well as helping with assessing candidates for undergraduate admission and directing the studies of current undergraduates.  The postholder will be offered a residential set of rooms in the College free of rent (if available and subject to certain conditions); otherwise, a housing allowance of up to £4,200 per annum; free meals at the High Table; access to funds for the support of research and attendance at conferences; and use of all the College’s facilities.

Applicants should submit:

  • a covering letter;
  • a curriculum vitae, including a statement of qualifications, a publications list and teaching experience, if applicable;
  • a published article or chapter from a PhD demonstrating expertise in the kind of research that may be pertinent to the post (this work need not be specifically related to the history of enslavement);
  • the names of three referees (at least one outside of Cambridge) who should be asked to submit references by the closing date.

Application should be made via the online at:

Further details are available here

This vacancy closes on April 12, 2023 - 11:59 pm

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