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Department of History of Art


The Department of History of Art is seeking two Post-doctoral Research Associates to work within the The Ax:son Johnson Centre for the Study of Classical Architecture (CSCA) full-time over 24 months. Candidates should prepare research proposals that will be deliverable within the two years of the post and that are in line with the Centre's mission statement, which can be found here:

Based at Downing College, in the centre of Cambridge, as well as within the Department of History of Art, these exciting research roles will suit flexible and outgoing individuals with excellent communication skills and a specialist background (PhD) on an aspect of classical architectural history, design and/or urbanism. Applications are welcome from those with academic backgrounds in architectural/art history, architecture, history, design studies and other disciplines where they have developed a strong research record in architecture relating to the ancient Graeco-Roman world or to classical architecture of the Renaissance onwards.

The aim of the Centre is to foster and promote research and scholarship in all aspects of classical architecture from the ancient Graeco-Roman world to the present day, in line with the general mission of its generous funder, the Swedish Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit, to encourage open-ended exploration and discussion as a pre-requisite for open democracies and free, dynamic societies. The role-holder will not only research but also ensure that their research is embedded within the curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The Department welcomes a pro-active approach to this position which will involve working independently and with the small Centre team to:

  • Develop research objectives and proposals
  • Conduct individual and/or joint collaborative research projects
  • Write up research work for presentation and publication
  • Build internal and external contacts
  • Prepare proposals and applications to external public/governmental bodies as appropriate
  • Assist with and attend the Centre's academic and public activities, including travel to Sweden to present research findings if requested to do so
  • Provide administrative support to the Centre's daily activities - such as the annual Summer School, academic conferences, term-time seminars
  • organize events, participate in the summer school as well as liaising with academic colleagues, students, and members of the public

Please see the further particulars document below for further information about the role. Please see the final page for 'How to Apply'

The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on Monday 22 July 2024. Interviews of short-listed candidates are expected to take place on Tuesday 30 or Wednesday 31 July 2024. These may be held online.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to, Dr Frank Salmon, initially via If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact the Schools HR Team on

Please quote reference GD42373 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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