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Passionate about finding solutions to the complex challenges of the 21st century, both within and outside academia? Lucy may be the college for you!

  • Are you a postdoctoral researcher at Cambridge University and looking for an affiliation with a college?
  • Are you passionate about finding solutions to the complex challenges facing us in the 21st century, both within and outside academia?
  • Are you looking for a college with the same vision and values?

Applications must be received by 9:00 on Monday 15 November. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in which they will be asked to give a five-minute talk about their research and demonstrate how they meet the criteria set out above. They will also be invited to an informal event with the current postdocs.

Applications and references should be emailed to: the Vice-President, Henriette Hendriks:

How to apply

Applications from postdocs in all subjects are welcomed and should include:

A statement of current and planned research (not more than 1,000 words). A statement of your interest, any experience, and ideas on addressing at least one 21st Century challenging issue (not more than 500 words). A statement of how you would seek to contribute to the College community (not more than 500 words). A Curriculum Vitae including details of your current postdoc position on no more than two sides of A4 paper. One academic reference to be mailed directly to the Vice-President at

About us

Lucy Cavendish College’s mission is to attract, support and unlock the potential of students from non-traditional and underrepresented backgrounds who are driven by a desire to make a difference, who are committed to having a positive and lasting impact on society and to addressing the ‘Grand Challenges’ of the 21st century.

Our interdisciplinary academic community is engaged in cutting edge, world-class research. It is this research that informs our teaching, lecturing and supervisions and one of the reasons that this is such an exciting place to learn and work.

The College intends to support the careers of ten additional Postdoctoral Research Associates this year. We therefore invite applications from all University of Cambridge post-doctoral researchers with excellent academic track records who can demonstrate potential leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity and resourcefulness in addressing the challenges of the 21st Century, either within or outside of their academic career to date. We are also looking for individuals who are keen to contribute to the College and so evidence of being involved in, for example, clubs and societies or other community activities would strengthen your application.

What Lucy offers you

A thriving postdoc community with broad interests and active participation in College life, including the graduate and postdoc seminar series and social events (BBQ, film nights) Invitations to College functions Dining in College at subsidised junior fees Use of College facilities such as the café, gym and bar Ability to book guest rooms Use of College library Use of fellows’ computers and Senior Combination Room.