Principal Research Associate in Archaeology

University of Cambridge Department of Archaeology

United Kingdom

Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU) and the Department of Archaeology seek a dynamic and experienced new Director (at the level of University Principal Research Associate) to build upon the achievements of the retiring Director, Chris Evans, and to lead this exciting university-based unit in fresh ways for the next stage of its development. CAU enjoys a national reputation as a leader in development-led archaeology, embedded within the vibrant research environment of a world-class Department, as well as a strong financial track record over 30 years and outstanding regional business engagement and prospects. The successful candidate will possess a good knowledge of the commercial sector in archaeology, will have an appetite for leading innovative research initiatives and will embrace the opportunity to take the organization in new directions, building appropriate links within the ecosystem of a world-leading research university, and forging close Departmental links in research, teaching, training and outreach. The post is to be filled by October 1st 2021 and may be available earlier upon negotiation. The appointment made will be permanent, subject to a successful probationary period of six months.

Applications should include a full covering letter indicating the nature of your experience and your vision for the future of CAU, including strategy, management, business, research and training activities; a curriculum vitae; and the names and contact details of THREE referees who can be contacted to provide a reference. Referees will be contacted by the University as soon as possible after submission of an application.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit a recent research output driven by fieldwork (developer funded or grant funded). Those invited for interview will be asked to make a short presentation, meet CAU and other Departmental staff individually and in small groups, and will have an interview with the Appointments Committee.

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Closing date: April 30th 2021.

Please quote reference JD25754 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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