Mellon Research Fellow in American History (Fixed Term) University of Cambridge, Faculty of History United Kingdom

Mellon Research Fellow in American History (Fixed Term)


Applications are invited for the Mellon Research Fellow post in American History, based in central Cambridge. The position is tenable for one year in the first instance and is renewable for up to two further years, starting on 1 October 2018. This is a post-doctoral Fellowship and it is expected that candidates will either have completed, or be about to complete, a PhD dissertation. Successful candidates who have not been awarded their PhD by the appointment date will be appointed as a Research Assistant at Grade 5 (£25,728 - £30,688 per annum). Upon award of the PhD the individual will be promoted to Research Associate, Grade 7 (£31,603 - £38,833 per annum).


Candidates for this post will be expected to demonstrate that they have undertaken research that is original and innovative and that will, when published, make a substantial contribution to American history. They will also be expected to demonstrate an interest in contributing to the promotion of American history at Cambridge. The post is open to applicants working in every part of the American history field.


The post is designed to enable a scholar to make significant progress in turning his/her PhD dissertation into a book, and to conceptualise a second research project. The Mellon Research Fellow will be asked to write an annual report on research undertaken. He or she will be expected to become a regular participant in and contributor to the Cambridge American History Seminar and to make a presentation to the seminar at some point during his/her tenure. The postholder will also be expected to convene the American History Graduate Student Workshop. Some teaching duties may be included.


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.


Applications should include a statement of proposed research, a curriculum vitae and a sample of written work of approximately 10,000 words (such as a journal article or section of a book or dissertation) as well as details of two referees who have knowledge of the candidate's work. Unless otherwise indicated referees will be contacted on receipt of application and asked to submit their reports by 5.00pm on the closing date.


Further details and information about the application process for this post may be made to the Faculty's HR Administrator, Ms Joanne Pearson (e-mail:, telephone: 01223 335350).


Informal enquiries regarding the position may also be made to Professor Gary Gerstle at The Appointments Committee will interview shortlisted candidates via skype and hopes to make the appointment by the end of March 2018.


Please quote reference JJ14505 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.


The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.


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