Junior Research Fellowship 2019

Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship 2019 – 2023

Science Communication

Zukerman Research Fellowship

King's College, Cambridge, wishes to appoint from 1 October 2019 a Junior Research Fellow (a four-year faculty level position), to work in the interdisciplinary field of Science Communication. Applications are invited from candidates with a background in any field but with a strong record in, and commitment to, the communication of science to a broader audience, and the ability to cross disciplinary divides to achieve this.

The closing date for applications is 19 November 2018; short-listed candidates must be available to attend interviews on 28 February 2019.

Further particulars

The Governing Body of King's College invites applications for a Junior Research Fellowship in the interdisciplinary field of Science Communication. Applications are invited from candidates with a background in any field but with a strong record in, and commitment to, the communication of science to a broader audience, and the ability to cross disciplinary divides to achieve this. The audience may be the general public, but could also be more specific groups such as policy makers, business leaders, schools, children, etc. Candidates may be scientists themselves wishing to reach a broader audience for their own and related research; or from disciplines such as history and philosophy of science, anthropology or scientific journalism involved in the understanding and dissemination of scientific ideas and their implications. Possible topics could include, but are certainly not limited to: (i) Climate change; (ii) Energy; (iii) Understanding of risk; (iv) Data and its use; (v)  Genetic modification; (vi) Human animal interactions; (vii) Pharmaceuticals; (viii) Time and space.

The Fellowship is intended to provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to pursue their own research programme in interdisciplinary work while benefiting from the range of expertise in Cambridge, and King’s College in particular. The project could be based entirely within the college, or could involve a base in one of the University departments. 

This interdisciplinary fellowship is available thanks to the generosity of The Zukerman Charitable Trust.

The Junior Research Fellows are members of the Governing Body, with full privileges of Fellows. In addition to pursuing research, a Junior Research Fellow is required to live in Cambridge or close by, and to participate in College life and activity. Privileges include meals, limited financial support for expenses associated with research, the possibility of an office and accommodation in College properties. Although these are research posts, teaching is likely to be made available if desired.

The stipend attached to all Junior Research Fellowships is £21,290 (pre award of doctorate) rising each year to a maximum of £27,401, according to age and academic qualification. Additional payment is made for teaching. A living-out allowance of £4,000 is made to those not living in college.


Graduates of any university are eligible. Candidates will usually have completed their PhD and must not have undertaken more than 2 years of postdoctoral work by 1 October 2019 (i.e. your PhD cannot have been granted before 30 September 2017). Allowance will be made for parental leave or other personal circumstances.


The closing date for application is 19 November 2018.  Applications received after this date will not be considered.  Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview on Thursday 28 February 2019.  Please ensure that you will be available for interview on this date, as it is not possible to arrange other times for interviews. The Fellowship will begin on 1 October 2019 and run until 30 September 2023.


To apply go to the FAS website and create an application:


Before the closing date, applicants must complete all sections of the online Fellowship Application and upload onto the website (PDF only) the following:

  • A curriculum vitae (of no more than four A4 sides) including details of higher education, degrees awarded, positions held and a list of publications.
  • A document (of no more than 1200 words in length) containing descriptions of your current research and of the research you propose to undertake during the Fellowship.

Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded onto the site in PDF format. Each referee will be asked to provide the names of two further readers, not in the candidate’s institution, to whom work might be sent if the candidate is long-listed. It is the duty of the candidate to ensure that the referees submit the references and the names of two readers before the closing date.

Your referees will need to provide their references through the FAS website. They will be sent an email containing a link to do this. Referees unable to submit references electronically via the FAS website may e-mail to send them directly to the competition administrator.

Please note that all application materials must be in the English language.

The application will not be considered in the competition until it has been submitted and all references and the names of additional readers have been received. An email will be sent once this has occurred.

After the closing date, the College will contact selected applicants by email to ask for samples of written work, up to 20,000 words (either published papers or chapters of a doctoral thesis).

Travel expenses

A successful candidate travelling from outside the UK to take up a Fellowship may claim travel and removal expenses up to a level agreed in advance with the Bursar of the College.

Further questions

If you have any further questions regarding any aspect of the competition, please e-mail to reach the competition administrator.

King’s College follows an equal opportunities policy.


Junior Research Fellowships in Immateriality and in Representation 2019–2023

These competitions have closed.

Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship in Biological Sciences 2018–2022

This competition has closed.

Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships

Each year, the college holds competitions for Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships. These support gifted young researchers for four years; generally Junior Research Fellows are appointed within two years of the award of a doctorate.

The Fellowships give young researchers an opportunity to establish their career before moving on to become fully independent researchers. Junior Research Fellows have freedom to carry out their chosen research projects within the academic environment of the College and the University departments.

Timetable of appointments

Junior Research Fellows are appointed by the College Research Committee following interviews in mid-July and mid-January. One Fellow is usually appointed in sciences and one in arts and humanities on each occasion.

For July appointments advertisements will appear in April and May, with closing dates for applications between the end of April and beginning of June. Short listed candidates will be informed in mid-June to early July.

For January appointments advertisements will appear in August with closing dates in September. Shortlisted candidates will be informed in the first part of December.

Advertisements and further particulars will appear on this website when competitions are announced.

Current Junior Research Fellows

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