University Lectureship in Postcolonial Literature

University of Cambridge Faculty of English

United Kingdom

The Faculty of English wishes to appoint to a University Lectureship in Postcolonial Literature from 1 September 2021.

We seek applicants who have research and teaching interests in the field of Postcolonial Literature. We are open to a wide range of literature and approaches, including interdisciplinary work within the field, and research engaging with other forms of media. This is a thriving area of activity in the Faculty. At an undergraduate level, the appointee will be expected to contribute to the dedicated specialist course in this area, but also, according to their interests and expertise, to the wider range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision.

Applicants with research and teaching areas in the following fields are especially welcome: Caribbean literature; East African literature; West African literature; indenture, slavery; diaspora, migration; colonialism, decolonisation; gender, caste, sexuality, indigeneity; transnational or transcontinental institutions, connections or receptions. The Faculty already has strengths in South Asian, southern African and Middle Eastern postcolonial literatures.

The successful applicant will be able to conduct original research in their field, generating new interpretations, arguments, methods and associations which will have international reach and significance. They will be expected to engage closely with the work of one or more of the research groups in the Faculty and, where appropriate to the research concerned, to develop proposals to attract significant external funding.

We intend to appoint a scholar whose work will make a substantial difference to the way in which the study of this area is pursued and who is able to develop the kinds of public and professional engagement that will maximise the impact of their research. Candidates should have a completed PhD and an exceptional record of research and publication in a relevant subject area. The successful applicant will support and maintain the University's national and international reputation for excellence in teaching. They will be expected to offer undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision, as well as to be able to attract applications from the strongest PhD candidates worldwide.

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Three references are required, and applicants should ask their referees to send their reports to by the closing date.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Professor Nicolette Zeeman, Chair of the Faculty Board ( If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact: Mrs Marina Ballard (

The closing date is midnight (GMT) on Monday 14 December 2020 and interviews are planned for 11/12 March 2021. It is expected that the interview will be conducted virtually either by Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

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The University has a vibrant and varied community, and is an equal opportunities employer. We strongly encourage applications from candidates with a Black and Minority Ethnic background, including those of African and Caribbean heritage. Our recruitment and selection procedures follow best practice, and more details are available here:

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