College Research Associates


King’s College will make up to six appointments to College Research Associates in any subject, to start in October 2019. Applications can be from individuals or from groups of up to three.

Appointments will be for two years, potentially renewable for a further two years. Applicants must, at the time of appointment, have funding for at least a full year.

Appointments are made by some members from the Research Committee on the basis of a research application outlining activities to be performed within King’s. This could, for instance, involve work with King’s Fellows or doctoral students, use of college archives or research facilities, or the writing of an article.

Research Associates have access to the SCR, the Library and other College facilities. They have the right to lunch and dine in College with one High Table dinner and two lunches per week free of charge.  Up to £500 per year of research expenses is available through the Research Committee. Presentation of their work to the Fellowship and Graduate student body will be expected of all Associates at some point during their tenure.

The closing date for the competition is Thursday 13 June 2019.

Further Particulars

King’s College intends to make up to six appointments to College Post-doctoral Research Associates to join the College in October 2019. Applicants must at the time of appointment be of post-doctoral standing, and may be graduates of any university. They must at the time of appointment, and for the duration of the appointment, be employed by the University of Cambridge in a post-doctoral research role. There are no conditions of age or subject attached to these positions, but candidates would normally be early in their research careers.

College Post-doctoral Associates will be selected by the College’s Research Committee and selection will be through evaluation of a proposal from applicants for undertaking research activity within the College.  Applications may come from individuals or from groups of up to three, who can be working in any branch of the sciences, arts or humanities. Groups will be treated as a single application, and will be interviewed as a group. Examples of potential research activity would be:

  • A group of two or three, who come from different research groups or departments, who will write a review article.
  • Individuals or groups who will work with current fellows or graduate students within the college.
  • Individuals or groups who wish to use the college archives or other facilities for a research project.
  • Individuals or groups who have ideas that would impact on the college’s educational programme.

The College Post-doctoral Associate position will normally be tenable for two years, with a possibility of renewal for further two year periods. Candidates must have guaranteed funding for at least one year from 1st October 2019. No stipend or honorarium is payable and no accommodation is provided. Associates will have access to the facilities of the college, and dining rights for weekly lunch and dinner (guests at cost). Applicants may already be involved in undergraduate supervision, and appointed Associates may wish to teach undergraduates in King’s, but this is not a requirement of the scheme.

Post-doctoral Research Associates should not simultaneously be a member of another college.

The link to the online application system is:

The application should include a single document which includes the curriculum vitae for each applicant (2 pages max), a research project proposal of not more than 1000 words (excluding references, diagrams), written so as to be intelligible to non-specialists, and one reference, which should be submitted by the referee on the online system.  It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the referees submit references by the closing date.  Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a letter from their supervisor stating that he/she is prepared to allow the Associate time to complete their project in King’s College.    

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

The closing date for the competition is Thursday 13 June 2019.


Details of current College Research Associates are given below:

Current CRAs

First elected 2015

  • Dr Katie Reinhart

First elected 2016

  • Dr Marta Serrani
  • Dr Thomas Torode
  • Dr Sandra Jasper

First elected ​2017

  • Dr Katherine Brown
  • Dr Lewis Mervin
  • Dr Nazima Pathan
  • Dr Adam Green
  • Dr Julie Laursen       ]
  • Dr Anna Schliehe     ]    joint
  • Dr Kristian Mjaland   ]

First elected 2018

  • Ms Nienke Blom
  • Dr Johannes Lenhard
  • Mr Tobias Mueller
  • Dr Sinead Rocha-Thomas
  • Mr Jack Wright
  • Dr Luke Meredith        ]
  • Dr Alexander Patto     ]   joint
  • Dr Velislava Petrova   ]

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