Assistant Professor in Early Modern French (Temporary Cover)

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 Early Modern French, from 1 October 2024 for a period of three years.

The Assistant Professor will contribute to the teaching and examining of 17th-Century French Literature, Thought and Culture, more broadly across early modern French Studies.

We invite applications from candidates with a record of, or clear potential for leading outstanding research in 17th-century French studies along with a broad-based expertise in early modern French. A particular interest in French Thought, while not obligatory, would be welcome.

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 early modern 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 (GMT) on Thursday 18 April 2024. We plan to hold interviews and selection activities in person during mid-May, subject to change.

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

This post is fixed-term for 36 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

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Please quote reference GP40804 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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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