University Lecturer in Computational Analysis of Long-Term Human Cultural and Biological Dynamics

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology is seeking to appoint a University Lecturer in Computational Analysis of Long-Term Human Cultural and Biological Dynamics from 01 September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. This post is open to those with a primary research interest in any area of computational analysis within the fields of archaeology, human ecology and human evolution broadly construed, and the successful candidate will forge intellectual and applied links between these fields of teaching and research at a time of new, combined strategic development within Cambridge. The appointment made will be permanent, subject to a probationary period of five years.

Candidates will need to show evidence of the following qualifications, skills, and experience:

Good first degree and a doctorate (or clear evidence that completion of such a doctorate is imminent) in archaeology, human ecology, human evolution, bioinformatics or a related field
Evidence of ability to engage in internationally high-level research
Publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career
Evidence of ability to lead-teach an Undergraduate core course ‘From Data to Interpretation’ as well as to lead-teach or contribute substantially to other undergraduate and graduate courses with further computational and quantitative expertise, for example in advanced spatial analysis, simulation and modelling, or big data analysis and data-mining.
Evidence of ability to contribute substantively to core method and theory courses in archaeology, human ecology, human evolution or related fields at undergraduate and/or graduate level
Ability to play an effective role in the life and work of the Department as a whole
Ability to work co-operatively within a small group of colleagues
Ability to work as a willing and effective contributor on Departmental and Faculty committees and work groups
The role-holder will be responsible for training a new generation of students in overall state-of-the-art computational and quantitative approaches, including one or more of the following: advanced spatial analysis; simulation and modelling; big data analysis and data-mining. Duties of the role will also include examination, assessment, administration, and outreach.

The successful applicant will benefit from the world-class facilities offered by the University and the generous support of research and teaching provided by the Department and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, which intends to promote cutting-edge developments in this field. The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology currently teaches undergraduates within the Human, Social and Political Science Tripos as well as graduate students reading for Masters and doctoral degrees. From 2017 the Department will be admitting undergraduate students to a new Archaeology Tripos teaching Archaeology, Biological Anthropology and Ancient Near Eastern Languages. It is one of the leading international centres in Archaeology and Anthropology.

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 covering letter indicating the nature of the contribution you would make to teaching and research (current and future), curriculum vitae including an up-to-date list of publications, and the names and contact details of THREE referees. Please ask your referees to submit their letters of reference by email to Mr Ben Davenport (e-mail: by the closing date.

Applicants must submit two samples of published work or extracts of published work totalling no more than 20,000-words in length.

Those invited for interview will be asked to make a short presentation followed by questions on 26 April and will have an interview with the Faculty Appointments Committee on 27 April.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Cyprian Broodbank, Head of Division (e-mail:

Closing date: Thursday 17 March 2016

Interview dates: Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April 2016

Please quote reference JB07877 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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