Assistant Professor, Francophone Postcolonial Studies

The Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics at the University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a full-time University Assistant Professor in Francophone Postcolonial Studies from 1 September 2024.

The Assistant Professor will contribute to the teaching and examining of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, and to the teaching and examining of the French language.

Candidates will have a record of, or clear potential for, outstanding research in Postcolonial Studies, along with a broad-based knowledge of Francophone literary and cultural studies. Expertise will be required in one or more of the following areas: literature, film and visual culture, and history; and in relation to research fields such as Francophone histories of colonialism and enslavement and their global legacies, Postcolonial/Decolonial Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Migration Studies.

It is also expected that the appointee will have the opportunity to participate in teaching and examining at postgraduate level in their field of expertise. The role includes an active contribution to the administration of the Faculty's activities. We welcome applicants with a record of excellence in research, commensurate with career stage, and a strong trajectory.

Candidates will have relevant teaching experience, have successfully completed a PhD in a relevant field by the start date for the post and be able to demonstrate active, collegial engagement in research, teaching and outreach in French Studies. A native or near-native command of both French and English is essential.

For your application to be considered please ensure that you upload the following documents to your online application:

  • A covering letter
  • Your Curriculum Vitae, including a full list of publications
  • An article-length example of your written work (max 8,000 words, e.g. a previous publication or thesis chapter)
  • Three references are required, and applicants should ask their referees to send their reports to by the closing date The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on 15 October 2023. We plan to hold interviews and selection activities in person during late November 2023, subject to change

Prospective candidates are welcome to seek more information beyond the Further Particulars by contacting Professor Emma Gilby, Director of French, at On questions of procedure, please contact the School HR team on

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and we particularly welcome applications from candidates from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background for this vacancy as they are currently underrepresented at this level in our Faculty. Details of some of the family-friendly policies operated by the University are at:

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