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Junior Research Fellowship in the History of the British Army, c. 1650 - c. 1800

The National Army Museum and the Centre for Geopolitics are pleased to be able to sponsor a new Junior Research Fellowship in the history of the British Army at Queens’ College, Cambridge.

This post is open to candidates with research interests in the British Army and Grand Strategy across the long 18th century, with particular reference to North America. Candidates whose research encompasses both operational experience and strategic or geopolitical thinking are particularly welcome to apply. The successful candidate will be based at the Centre for Geopolitics and at Queens’ College. They will work with, and be managed by, Professor Brendan Simms, Director of the Centre, in collaboration with Dr Glyn Prysor, Head of Research at the National Army Museum. They will be expected to draw on the Museum’s collections in their research outputs wherever possible, and contribute to the NAM’s public events programme.

Junior Research Fellowships are early-career appointments intended to offer early-career academics of exceptional intellectual calibre the opportunity to pursue research for up to three years at Queens’. This competition is open to graduates of any university who are well advanced in their doctoral research or have recently embarked on postdoctoral research. The Junior Research Fellowship would be a successful candidate’s first substantial salaried academic or research appointment. JRFs are members of the Senior Common Room and they are expected to play an active part in the community of the College. They are welcome to undertake a modicum of teaching by arrangement with the Senior Tutor.

This position is tenable from 1 October 2022 for a period of three years and is not renewable.

The Fellowship is stipendiary if the appointee is to engage in full time research. Annual salary starts at £29,176 for a postdoctoral appointment (or £25,217 for a pre-doctoral appointment), together with benefits worth over £4,509 p.a. Candidates who have recently taken up, or are about to take up, a salaried postdoctoral research position within the University of Cambridge are eligible and welcome to apply for a non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship. Successful candidates will be encouraged to take an active part in the academic life of the relevant department of the University of Cambridge.

Applications, which should include a covering letter, full curriculum vitae, and a 1000-word statement of research and teaching experience should be uploaded no later than 12 noon on 30 September 2021. Applicants are asked to ensure that two referees upload references on their behalf to the CASC system by the same date. Short-listed candidates will be contacted to provide a writing sample and interviews will take place subsequently.

Further particulars concerning the posts and application details can be found here


Research Assistants - accepting applications September 2021

The Centre offers 'Ax:son Johnson Research Assistantships in Applied History' on a rolling basis, for PhD candidates at the University of Cambridge. The positions are tenable for 9 months from appointment or to the award of the PhD, whichever is sooner. They are paid through the TES scheme at Grade 5 equivalent, normally 3-5 hours per week, £14 per hour. Depending on the nature of the work, agreed expenses may be payable.

The appointees will support, intellectually and organisationally, the work of the centre. Organisational responsibilities will include organising and overseeing events and initiatives, managing and liaising with various stakeholders including speakers, special guests, and invitees; advertising and social media; writing summaries for the website and budget reporting on events.

Applicants should send a CV, short letter of recommendation from their supervisor, and a one-page cover letter that addresses their interest in the field of Applied History and relevant experience in event planning or advertising to Karri Aston, Centre Coordinator on  

Applications are normally accepted on a rolling basis.