Work at St John's

Work at St John's

St John's is one of the most successful, famous and inspiring higher education institutions anywhere in the world.

There are about 250 non-academic staff at St John’s, as well as approximately 160 Fellows, and around 800 students. Without the essential contribution of the non-academic staff towards its day-to-day running, the College would not be able to function successfully as a place where people can teach, learn and research. Their knowledge, experience, and expertise is critical to helping St John’s to thrive.

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By working at St John's, you will also be able to enjoy some excellent benefits, including a generous leave allowance, healthcare support, access to a well-regarded pensions scheme, as well as daily subsidised meals and gym membership.

Further information about the College can be found on the About section of the website.

A list of all current job opportunities can be found below. To find out more about a job, and how to apply, click on the title of the vacancy.

Current vacancies

The College actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, generous annual leave entitlement and procedures for requesting flexible working arrangements if you need them.  If you have childcare responsibilities, we are able to offer nomination to the College Nursery and you may also benefit from the enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental pay schemes that we provide.  We also offer a range of wellbeing support services, including membership of a cash-plan healthcare scheme (currently provided by SimplyHealth), which includes a 24/7 advice and counselling helpline, access to an on-site health centre and free access to an on-site gym.

A list of all current job opportunities can be found below. To find out more about a job, and how to apply, click on the title of the vacancy. The vacancies are listed alphabetically. 

Salary: £26,136 – 26,855 p.a. (depending on experience) plus benefits
Hours: 39.25 hours per week worked on a 5 over 7 shift pattern with earlies and lates, and every other weekend off.
Closing date:
Salary: £40,521 - £45,585 p.a. (depending on experience) plus benefits
Closing date:
Salary: £29,760 p.a. (plus £8,940 p.a. housing allowance)
Hours: .
Closing date:
Salary: £29,335-£31,823 p.a. pro rata (depending on experience)
Hours: 29 hours per week
Closing date:
Salary: £32,471 - £35,225 p.a. (depending on experience) plus benefits
Hours: 39.25 hours per week (based on a 5 day over 7 rota pattern to include evening and weekends as to meet business requirements). 
Closing date:


Benefits for Assistant Staff

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We recognise that our staff are a vital component to the effective functioning of the College and we wish to support you by offering a range of non-contractual benefits which, depending on your role, could include the following:



The College offers membership of a Defined Contribution Pension Scheme to eligible staff after a qualifying period. The standard contribution rates for this scheme are 4% by the employee and 8% by the College. There is also an option to pay additional contributions if you wish which the College would match up to an additional 4% (i.e if you contribute 8% the College will contribute 12%, giving an overall pension contribution of 20%).

Annual leave

The College offers a generous annual leave allowance of 36 working days (inclusive of Bank Holidays), pro rata for those not working a 5-day week.  Our holiday year runs from 1 January to 31 December.

Free Group Life Insurance cover

The College provides Group Life Insurance cover (also known as ‘Death in Service’ benefit) for all its non-casual employees who do not have such cover provided through individual membership of a College pension scheme.  It pays out a lump sum of two times’ salary to the family or next of kin of an employee in the event of their death while employed by the College. 

Additional Christmas salary payment

The College makes an annual payment of £380 each December (pro rata for employees who work less than 36.25 hours per week and for employees with less than 1 year of service).

Meal allowance in the College’s Buttery Dining Room

Staff can enjoy a range of hot and cold meal options (subject to a daily monetary limit, currently £8.20) worth up to £2,100 a year. This is currently a tax free benefit.


Training and Development

We offer a range of staff development opportunities and events to support you in your role and to help you reach your full potential.


Health and Wellbeing

  • Access to a ‘cash plan’ healthcare scheme (currently provided by Simplyhealth)

‘Simplyhealth’ is a cash plan scheme that allows you to claim money back towards your everyday health care costs, such as sight tests or dental check-ups.  Staff in the scheme also have access to a 24/7 advice and counselling helpline and are eligible for up to six counselling sessions per issue per scheme year.  In addition, staff can access a range of discounts including towards gym membership and family days out. Children can also be added to the cover at no cost. The College provides membership of the scheme to eligible staff free of charge. This represents a taxable benefit.

  • Access to a private healthcare scheme (currently provided by BUPA)

 Assistant staff in our higher grades are eligible to join a private medical healthcare scheme (currently provided by BUPA).  The College pays 100% of the premium for single cover for eligible staff (i.e. those who are in Grades 7 to 9 and who are aged up to the State Pension Age).  Staff who are in the scheme can include dependents (i.e. through extending single cover into couple, family or single parent family cover), by paying a portion of the cost of the cover. This is a taxable benefit.

  • Free use of an on-site Gym and sporting facilities

 The College has a range of facilities, including a gym, tennis and squash courts and playing fields etc. These are available free of charge, whilst the average cost of gym membership in Cambridge is £400 a year.

  • Support from our on-site health centre

 Free flu vaccinations are available as well as a confidential staff counselling service through the University of Cambridge service.     

  • Social activities

The College Social Club Committee meet termly to discuss and plan staff social events, which include: an annual Christmas party, Staff Formal Hall, Summer Garden Party, 5 a side football tournament and various smaller events which are communicated out to staff as and when they are organised. Musical events take place in the College Chapel as well as the Shakespeare festival in the College’s gardens.


Travel to Work

The College has a cycle to work salary sacrifice scheme in place and we also provide access to secure cycle parking for those who wish to cycle to work. Staff bicycles are registered with the Porters and can be parked at two conveniently accessible indoor storage facilities via a card entry system.

In addition, there is free car parking close to the College, subject to availability.  This is worth £5,500 per year (based on the rate at the nearest multi-storey car park). 



We have a range of family friendly policies and are able to offer nomination to the College Nursery, subject to availability.

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Benefits for Academic Staff

The College provides a range of benefits to Academic Staff which may include eligibility to join the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), parking and generous meal allowances.  If you are appointed to a Fellowship of the College you may also be eligible to join BUPA and Simplyhealth, enjoy dining privileges, have access to a range of accommodation related schemes and be eligible for a number of grants and allowances. Further information can be obtained by contacting a member of the HR team at

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