sen. teaching ass. (computational methods in arch.)


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Senior Teaching Associate in Quantitative and Computational Methods in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

The Department of Archaeology is seeking to appoint a Senior Teaching Associate in Quantitative Methods in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology for one year, part time at 0.8 FTE, from 1 September 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will be responsible for co-ordinating and teaching core modules of quantitative methods in archaeology and biological anthropology for the Archaeology Tripos and the MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies, as well as contribute on other papers as appropriate to their area of expertise. Numbers of students average 16-18 undergraduates and 11-12 at PGT level. Other responsibilities will include assessment and examining, and supervising MPhil and Undergraduate dissertations.

The role holder will be asked to contribute to the Department's recruitment and outreach work, attracting the next generation of students to the field of Archaeology and Biological Anthropology, and will be expected to contribute to departmental meetings and committees as appropriate.

Candidates will need to show evidence of the following qualifications, skills and experience:

Good first degree and a doctorate in a relevant subject area (or clear evidence that completion of such a doctorate is imminent)
Ability to teach quantitative methods in archaeology and biological anthropology, including R statistical computing language.
Ability to play an effective role in the life and work of the Department
Ability to work as part of a team

The deadline for application is 19 April 2023 and interviews will be held in early May.

apply online.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Enrico Crema (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!).

Please quote reference JD35700 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


£38,592-£51,805 pro rata



2 March 2023
Closing date

19 April 2023

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Further Information
Job title
Senior Teaching Associate in Quantitative and Computational
Methods in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology (Part time, 0.8 FTE, Fixed term)
Salary range
£38,592 - £51,805 per annum pro-rata
Staff Group
Academic (Teaching and Scholarship)
Department / Institution
Department of Archaeology
Role-specific information
Role Summary
Applications are invited for a one-year Senior Teaching Associate in Quantitative Methods in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology in the Department of Archaeology, working part time at 0.8 FTE, from 1 September 2023. This is an exceptional opportunity to join a growing Department at Cambridge and contribute to the exciting new Tripos in Archaeology (comprising the subjects Archaeology, Assyriology, Egyptology, Heritage and Biological Anthropology).
Key Responsibilities
The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to teach effectively at both undergraduate and graduate level, teaching the paper A11/B5 From Data to Interpretation, a second-year core module in the Archaeology Tripos shared also by students of the MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies. The module consists of a series of lectures on quantitative methods paired with practical lab-sessions (separate for MPhils and undergraduate students) using R statistical computing language. The post-holder is also expected to supervise and support both undergraduate and Mphil students on the use of quantitative methods in their dissertation projects, set, mark and assess coursework, and undertake administrative duties in the Department. They may further be asked to contribute occasional self-contained lectures to core Archaeology and Biological Anthropology papers at undergraduate and MPhil level, as appropriate to their area of expertise.
The undergraduate teaching of the Department is carried out within the Archaeology Tripos. Students on the Archaeology Tripos are able to choose from a range of papers in their first year, and choose different tracks in their second year and third year. Students who selected the Archaeology and the Biological Anthropology tracks (as well as the joint Archaeology-Biological Anthropology track) are all required to take A11/B5 From Data to Interpretation.
At the postgraduate level the Department offers a range of MPhils, including the one-year MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies where students are trained in quantitative methods for Biological Anthropology. The post-holder will organise and teach advanced practical sessions for this MPhil cohort. The successful candidate will also assist colleagues in overseeing the overall progress of MPhil students on the MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies and Biological Anthropological Science.
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The teaching format and syllabus will follow current practice (the role holder will have access to existing teaching materials and resources), although there will be some scope of personalisation for the second half of Lent term, currently dedicated to the presentation of case studies.
Person Profile
Candidates must demonstrate a willingness and ability to contribute to the quantitative and computational teaching in the Department, a core skill set that is particularly relevant for students in Biological Anthropology and Archaeological Science. Given that some students have little to no background on quantitative methods, the role holder should also have the ability to help those requiring additional support without compromising the delivery of key skills to the whole cohort.
Education & qualifications
A good first degree and a doctorate in a relevant subject area (or clear evidence that completion of such a doctorate is imminent) (essential).
Specialist knowledge & skills
An excellent knowledge of a wide range of archaeology and biological anthropology taught in the core papers of the Tripos (essential).
Ability to teach R statistical computing language (essential);
Evidence of teaching ability (essential)
Experience of, and/or aptitude for organising and participating in collaborative teaching (desirable);
Experience of small group teaching (desirable)
Interpersonal & communication skills
Ability to work as part of a team (essential)
Relevant experience
Experience of supervision or small-group teaching. (desirable);
Experience of teaching at University level (desirable);
Additional requirements
A team player with the ability to contribute to the development of Computational and Quantitative methods in Archaeology and Anthropology and the interests of the Department of Archaeology more generally; (essential)
Ability to play an effective role in the life and work of the University; (essential)
Familiarity with the college-based Cambridge undergraduate supervision system (desirable);
Knowledge of and interest in issues pertaining to open access publication and public outreach (desirable)
Terms and Conditions
Department of Archaeology, Downing Street, CB2 3DZ Cambridge
Working pattern
Part time, 0.8 FTE
Hours of work
Residence in Cambridge during term-time is expected by the University
Your employment is part time, the hours of work corresponding to the percentage of basic salary set out in the Salary section of this letter/contract.
There are no formal conditions relating to hours and times of work but you are expected to work such hours and days as are reasonably necessary for the proper
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performance of your duties. Your times of work should be agreed between you and your head of institution.
Length of appointment
1 year, starting on the 1st of September 2023
Probation period
6 months
Annual leave
Full time employees are entitled to annual paid leave of 41 days inclusive of public holidays.
For part-time employees, annual leave will be pro rata’d based on days worked. Please click here to access the calculator for pro rata annual leave.
This entitlement is pro rata in the holiday year of commencement of employment and in the year your employment terminates.
Pension eligibility
Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).
Pension scheme details, including information about the legal requirement for the University to automatically enrol its eligible jobholders into a qualifying workplace pension scheme from 1 March 2013, is available at:
Retirement age
The University does not operate a retirement age for unestablished academic staff.
Screening Check Requirements
We have a legal responsibility to ensure that you have the right to work in the UK before you can start working for us. If you do not have the right to work in the UK already, any offer of employment we make to you will be conditional upon you gaining it. If you need further information, you may find the Right to Work page within the ‘Applying for a job’ section of the University’s Job Opportunities pages helpful (please see The nature of this role means that the successful candidate will also need to undergo a health assessment.
Application Process
To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the link in the ‘Apply online’ section of the advert published on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.
Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a full list of all publications, and a personal statement which should include information on teaching experience and the names and contact details of two referees in the Upload section of the online application who can be contacted to provide a reference. Referees will be contacted by the University for shortlisted candidates.
If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.
The closing date for applications is 19 April 2023 . If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Dr Enrico Crema (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!) or the Department Administrator, Mrs Anna O’Mahony
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Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! Please quote reference JD35700 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
Interviews will be held in early May and shortlisted applicants will be informed as soon as possible following the application deadline.
General Information
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The Department of Archaeology
The Department of Archaeology has approximately 30 academic staff with specialist interests in Archaeology, Archaeological Science, Biological Anthropology, Heritage, Assyriology and Egyptology. The Department, along with Social Anthropology, Sociology and Politics and International Relations, forms the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Science. In addition to a large number of post-doctoral research associates and PhD students, there are a number of Junior Research Fellows working in Cambridge, attached to colleges, who contribute to the life of the Department. The Department of Archaeology includes the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies and the Duckworth Laboratory.
Research and teaching in Biological Anthropology covers all the main fields of the discipline. Major fields of research currently active include human evolution, behavioural ecology, cultural evolution and population dynamics, evolutionary genetics, and human health and disease, past and present.
The research and teaching in Biological Anthropology is closely aligned with that of the broader Department of Archaeology, particularly in Archaeological Science, Bioarchaeology and Palaeolithic studies.
Biological Anthropology is taught in a number of different Triposes (Tripos is the Cambridge term for a degree course). In addition to introductory courses in first year Archaeology, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Human Social and Political Sciences, it is possible to specialise in Biological Anthropology over two years in the Archaeology Tripos, or in the third year in other Triposes. It is also possible to combine Biological Anthropology with Archaeology.
There is a strong and large graduate body in the Department. The MPhil cohort is between 65-75, while the PhD body comprises more than 90 research students. MPhil and PhD students are admitted by the Department which arranges all their teaching and supervision. Lectures are open, so that students can take advantage of courses offered at several levels. The Department offers two masters degrees in Biological Anthropology – the MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies (including both a taught and a research component), and the MPhil in Biological Anthropological Science (entirely by research).
The size of lecture classes varies from 10-50 (first year undergraduates). Second and third year specialist undergraduates can number between 5-40.
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