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Postdocs and Honorary Members of the MCR

Postdoctoral Research Associateship

The College intends to select up to ten individuals for admission to its MCR as Postdoctoral Research Associates in October 2017. Candidates must, at the time of appointment, be of postdoctoral standing, and in the employ of the University. They may be graduates of any university. There are no conditions of age or subject attached to these positions, but candidates should normally be early in their research careers. Candidates will be selected by reference to their potential for contributing to the intellectual, educational and social life of the College.

A  Postdoctoral Research Associateship will normally be tenable for two years, renewable once, coterminous with a postdoctoral engagement by the University or affiliated institution. Please note that this is not a Fellowship. In exchange for a fee of £100/term plus an initial refundable deposit of £100 (or £150 if living in College accommodation), PDRAs enjoy the privileges and facilities of the College granted to graduate students, with certain limited exceptions. 

Benefits include the use of College facilities, including the Hall (for meals), the library, sports facilities, MCR common room, teaching rooms, and societies such as choir, music and the Boat Club. The College also provides a pigeonhole for mail and a college account. PDRA partners also have certain benefits, such as access to sporting facilities, but not dining rights. If there is a teaching need, PDRAs are also offered the possibility of offering supervisions to undergraduates.

PDRAs are represented in the MCR and on the Graduate Students PDRA Committee. PDRAs are welcomed and encouraged to participate in College life including academic support sessions, involvement with undergraduate subject-specific societies, McMenemy Seminars and the annual Marshall McLuhan Symposium.

PDRAs are also invited free of charge to a matriculation dinner when they join, as well as two High Table dinners per year with College Fellows, and an additional High Table dinner with a guest following the delivery of a presentation in a McMenemy Symposium. A maximum of £100 can be offset against the costs of informal College dining, which will be credited at the end of academic year.

Application forms can be found here, for any queries regarding applications please contact the Graduate Administrator, Charlotte Moss.

Application must be received by the 4 September 2017. Interviews are expected to be held in mid-September.

Honorary Members of the MCR

This scheme is open to visiting PhD students, who will typically also have some affiliation with a Cambridge faculty. Honorary membership is usually for one or two terms only. The College admits a maximum of five honorary members each year. For further information please contact Charlotte Moss, Graduate Administrator.

Applications for honorary membership of the MCR may be made at any time of year, and must include a covering letter, CV and two references, sent FAO Charlotte Moss, Graduate Administrator, The Tutorial Office, Trinity Hall, Cambridge CB2 1TJ.


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