The Board of Electors to the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Professorship of the Deep History and Archaeology of Africa invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 January 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.
This recently generously endowed new Professorship marks the return of Cambridge to the international forefront of research, teaching and wider engagement in African archaeology, since the retirement in 2006 of David Phillipson. Equally, it signals a transformative new initiative aimed at fresh interdisciplinary approaches, structured around archaeology broadly construed, to the deep history of the African continent and its people. Cambridge has historically trained many of the experts in this field, and now seeks innovative new leadership to engage with and advance African research and teaching in this regard, further complementing the University’s Centre of African Studies and Cambridge-Africa programme. The holder of the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Professorship will be based in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, be a member of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, and also hold a Mandela Magdalene Memorial Professorial Fellowship at Magdalene College.
Candidates will have an outstanding research and teaching record of international stature in African archaeology and deep history, broadly construed as an interdisciplinary field. They will demonstrate a continent-wide vision of this field and its major themes, and a broad chronological range of engagement, as well as an understanding of the place of Africa and African archaeology in the wider global perspective. They will demonstrate expertise in at least two of the major regions within Africa, necessarily including sub-Saharan Africa, as well as extensive African fieldwork experience. They will have the commitment, knowledge, connections, enthusiasm and leadership qualities to build both African archaeology in Cambridge and, collaboratively, archaeology within Africa, through intellectually innovative research, fieldwork and other project development, team building, education, outreach, capacity building and engagement with issues such as heritage, sustainability and the politics of the past.
They will hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification.
Applications, consisting of a letter of application, a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a publications list, along with details of three referees, should be made online no later than 26 September 2017.
Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Cyprian Broodbank, Disney Professor of Archaeology (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please quote reference JB12528 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
Additional Salary Information: A competitive salary will be offered.
About Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge
The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University is home to the Division of Archaeology and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, both long world-renowned for the excellence of their teaching and research, and now in the midst of an exciting period of expansion and transformation. Cambridge archaeology is consistently ranked as among the very best in the world. ...A brand new undergraduate degree (Tripos) in Archaeology will receive its first intake of students at the start of the 2017-18 academic year, complemented by a large, thriving community of Masters and research students. The McDonald Institute hosts an exceptionally dynamic community of internationally leading postdoctoral and other researchers, resident and visiting. Laboratories, library and other resources are world-class in their quality and extent.