postdoctoral research associateships

the college intends to select up to 10 individuals for admission to its mcr as postdoctoral research associates in october 2020.  it remains committed to nurturing the development of its postdoctoral community during this unusual time and aims to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic to provide the best possible experience whilst adhering to public health england (phe) requirements.

in order to safeguard the college community and to prevent the wider spread of the covid-19 coronavirus, there will be restrictions imposed on the use of social spaces as well as dining and catering facilities.  in recognition of this disruption, the fee for this year will be £40 (usually £200) with an initial refundable deposit of £100.

where phe guidance allows, the college aims to provide the following benefits of associateship:

  • access to dining and catering facilities
  • access to the jerwood library
  • access to sports facilities
  • access to the mcr common room, teaching rooms
  • access to societies such as choir, music and the boat club
  • provision of a college pigeonhole for mail

pdras are represented in the mcr and on the postgraduate-students-pdra committee. pdras are welcomed and encouraged to participate in college life including academic support sessions, involvement with undergraduate subject-specific societies, mcmenemy seminars and the annual marshall mcluhan symposium.  restricted in-person events will be complemented with additional social activities (past remote events have included regular remote social hours, tastings and a bake-off).

candidates must, at the time of appointment, be of postdoctoral standing, and in the employ of the university. they may be graduates of any university. there are no conditions of age or subject attached to these positions. candidates will be selected after an interview based on their potential for contributing to the intellectual, educational and social life of the college.

a postdoctoral research associateship will normally be tenable for two years, renewable once, co-terminous with a postdoctoral engagement by the university or affiliated institution. please note that this is not a fellowship.

if phe guidance allows, there will be a welcome dinner for all pdras, as well as high table dinners with college fellows (3 per year are free of charge). we do not anticipate that there will be much college dining in michaelmas however we hope that there will be a resumption of college dining at some point in the next academic year.

applications close on the 7 september 2020 with interviews on the 21 september 2020.  download an application form here.

please contact the postgraduate administrator, clare kerr, for any queries.


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