Postdoctoral Research Associateships

The College selects up to ten individuals for admission to its MCR as Postdoctoral Research Associates at the start of each academic year. 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 after an interview based on 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, co-terminous with a postdoctoral engagement by the University or affiliated institution. Please note that this is not a Fellowship. In exchange for a fee of £200 per academic year (2019-20 rate) plus an initial refundable deposit of £100, 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.

PDRAs are represented in the MCR and on the Graduate Students and 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 invited free of charge to a welcome dinner when they join, as well as High Table dinners with College Fellows (3 per year are free of charge).

Applications have closed for the current academic year but we will re-open again in July 2020. Interviews are typically held at the start of the academic year in September.

Contact: Clare Kerr, Postgraduate Administrator.


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