University Lecturer in Historical Linguistics

University of Cambridge Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

United Kingdom

The Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Section in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics in the University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a University Lecturer in Historical Linguistics from 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter to begin teaching in October 2021.

We invite applications from candidates with outstanding research and teaching records in Historical Linguistics and demonstrable potential to excel in the field. The successful candidate will ideally hold a PhD in Linguistics, with a specialism in Historical Linguistics. They will be expected to:

  • engage in high-level research and develop their own independent research portfolio of world-class research commensurate with the international reputation of the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Section at the University of Cambridge,
  • seek opportunities to win external funding for that research,
  • publish in their specialist field,
  • be fully involved in teaching and assessment of undergraduates at all levels in lectures, seminars and small-group tutorials/supervisions,
  • supervise and examine Masters and PhD students,
  • contribute to Section and Faculty administration

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

Further information about the Faculty is available at

For your application to be considered, please submit to the online application system a covering letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, and the names and addresses of three referees who are familiar with your work. Please ensure that your three referees submit their references directly to before the closing date.

Long-listed applicants will be invited to submit a writing sample of no more than 10,000 words.

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on Sunday 31 January 2021. Interviews and teaching presentations for short-listed candidates are planned for 25-26 March 2021, subject to confirmation. It is expected that these will be conducted online.

Candidates are welcome to seek information beyond the Further Particulars by contacting Professor Ian Roberts, Director of Section, at On questions of procedure, please contact Ruth Farley, HR Coordinator, on

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please quote reference GN25124 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University of Cambridge is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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