College Lectureship in History and Assistant Tutor

Applications are invited for appointment from 1 October 2010 to the post of College Lecturer in History and Assistant Tutor. This post, which carries a Fellowship of the College is tenable for two years. This is to replace Dr. Michael Sonenscher who has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.


As Lecturer in History the person appointed will be expected to carry out academic research in any field of History and to teach up to 100 hours in each academic year, i.e. an average rate of five hours of supervision per week in Full Term, in their specialist historical area either for King’s or for other colleges. Supervision involves the provision of undergraduate teaching singly or in small groups. No lecturing, in the conventional sense of the term, is involved. The Lecturer in History will also be expected to direct studies in History, i.e. to organise and oversee the undergraduates' teaching programme, and to participate in undergraduate admissions.

Direction of Studies includes guiding undergraduates in their studies and offering advice and support beyond formal teaching, including appointment of supervisors, monitoring and securing delivery of high quality teaching, regular meetings with undergraduates to discuss and enhance progress, approval of examination entries, and timely communication of relevant information on course requirements and Faculty programme. The Lecturer is also responsible for ensuring that the College Library is kept well-stocked with books essential for the undergraduate programme. Admissions responsibilities focus on the interviewing and selection of candidates to read History in the College in early December, but also extend to the provision of feedback to schools of candidates for admission, the fielding of enquiries through the year, and to availability to visitors on College Open Days.

The College puts considerable emphasis on the quality of the teaching it provides, and candidates should therefore have a particular interest in and skill at undergraduate teaching, as well as expertise and interest in research of international standing within the Lecturer's specialism/s.

The Lecturer will join a team of History Fellows including Dr. Stephen Alford, Dr. Victoria Harris, Dr. Istvan Hont, Dr. Peter Jones, Professor Robin Osborne, Dr. Alice Taylor, Professor Megan Vaughan.

As Assistant Tutor the person appointed will join a small team of Tutors (Robin Osborne (Senior Tutor), Bert Vaux (Graduate Tutor) David Munday (Bursarial Tutor), Alice Taylor (Equal Opportunities Tutor) and Stefan Uhlig (Admissions Tutor).  In addition to carrying the normal pastoral responsibilities of all Tutors, the Assistant Tutor looks after all aspects of accommodation for undergraduate and graduate students, has a supervisory role for all college room use and works closely with those College staff who have particular responsibilities for managing accommodation and related resources. The Assistant Tutor deputises for the Senior Tutor whenever necessary and routinely on the Buildings Committee and serves on the Use of Space Committee. The normal pastoral responsibilities of a Tutor include two tutorial hours a week, weekend and examination term ‘on-call’ duties, the weekly ‘Tutors’ lunch, and attendance on occasions when the College entertains the student body. King’s does not assign undergraduates or graduates to particular Tutors – all students are free to consult any Tutor. 

Salary and Terms of Appointment

The stipend will be related to one of the lower points on the Cambridge University Lecturer's scale commencing at £36,532.00. 

The fees earned by the Lecturer for the first 100 hours of supervision in an academic year will be retained by the College. Fees for supervision in excess of 100 hours will be paid to the Lecturer at the current rates. The appointment will be pensionable under the University's Superannuation Scheme.

The appointment is partly funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The appointment will therefore be for a maximum of two years from 1 October 2010, and the salary is fixed by the sum made available by the Trust.


The Lectureship carries a Fellowship. Fellows are full members of the Governing Body of the College, expected to attend and participate in Congregations, and they serve on college committees. They are entitled to meals free of charge whenever the kitchens are operating.

A Fellow living alone may be offered accommodation in College, for which there are service and utility charges. Fellows who do not live in College may receive an allowance towards their living costs and may also receive assistance in purchasing property in Cambridge through a shared equity scheme. Fellows not residing in College will be provided with teaching space.

Fellows are also entitled to apply for grants towards the costs of research.

Method of application

Applications should reach the Senior Tutor, King's College, Cambridge, CB2 1ST by Saturday 12 June 2010 (email:, to whom informal enquiries should also be addressed. Applicants should send a CV including qualifications, publications, teaching experience and details of three referees. It is the candidate’s responsibility to arrange for references to be sent directly to us by 12 June.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview on Wednesday 23 June 2010. As part of the interview, candidates will be asked to give a short (5 minutes) account of a topic with which their current research is engaged.

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