St John’s College intends to appoint up to six College Research Associates from 1 September 2021.

Candidates must be of postdoctoral standing and may be graduates of any University. There are no conditions of subject attached to these positions, but the successful applicants are likely to be within four years of having completed the requirements for the PhD (or equivalent) degree (excluding any maternity / paternity leave).  

Successful candidates are likely to have demonstrated an outstanding track-record of research, commensurate with their career stage. The scheme is open to researchers who have already secured awards made in a national or international competition, including early career fellowships, for the purpose of conducting research in the University of Cambridge (or at an associated research institution, as listed here: However, in selecting CRAs, the College aims to achieve a balanced representation that spans all post-doctoral career stages.

Candidates will be selected by reference to their ability to make a positive and dynamic contribution to the intellectual, educational and social life of the College.

The appointment of College Research Associate will normally be coterminous with the postdoctoral award in the University of Cambridge, up to a maximum of 5 years.

Membership of the College and various College benefits including a High Table dining privilege are offered though no stipend or honorarium will be payable, and no room or accommodation will be provided. The positions do not carry any teaching obligation, but involvement in College life is welcomed.  Such involvement might for example take the form of outreach projects, mentoring students or teaching. 

The application site will open on Tuesday 9 February 2021. Applications must be received by 14:00 BST on Thursday 22 April, 2021. All applications must be submitted online at

Short-listed candidates who accept an equivalent post-doctoral affiliation from another Cambridge College will be deemed to have withdrawn from St John’s College’s College Research Associates competition.