University Lectureship in Medical Anthropology

open until filled
Anthropology, Sociology, Health Studie, Medical Sciences
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
£41,526-£52,559 GBP

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in Medical Anthropology, to start on 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. This a permanent position subject to a probationary period of five years.

The Department of Social Anthropology has a long and distinguished history of teaching and research in Medical Anthropology, begun by Gilbert Lewis who also made major contributions to other fields within the discipline. Lewis, and those who have succeeded him, have seen Medical Anthropology not as a separate or vocational specialism, but as integral to general debates in the discipline. In recent years, the Department has joined with the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of Sociology in creating an interdisciplinary MPhil course in 'Health, Medicine, and Society'. Following the retirement of our colleague, Maryon McDonald, the Department has created a new University Teaching Officer position in Medical Anthropology, in order to sustain and carry forward this initiative and to renew the Department's long-standing commitment to the field.

Candidates for this post must have a doctorate, and a proven record of fieldwork, scholarship, and publications, in Social Anthropology. They should have a world-class research and publication records, commensurate with the international reputation of the University of Cambridge. They must demonstrate a willingness and ability to teach and research, and to be engaged with current debates, including in Medical Anthropology. The post-holder will make a broad contribution to teaching in the Department, including but not limited to Medical Anthropology. This will include organizing and delivering the Department's contribution to the interdisciplinary MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society. Candidates must also demonstrate a willingness and ability to contribute to the self-governance of the Department.

Candidates will need to show evidence of the following qualifications, skills, and experience: - Good first degree and a doctorate (or clear evidence that completion of such a doctorate is imminent) in Social Anthropology; - Ability to engage in internationally high-level research in Social Anthropology, including Medical Anthropology, and including making a contribution to at least one of the Department's four research clusters; - Publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career; - Ability to design, manage, and deliver teaching in Medical Anthropology, as part of making a broad and substantial contribution to the undergraduate and graduate teaching programmes in the Department; - Ability to play an effective and collegial role in the life, governance, and development of the Department, within the Faculty and School; - Ability to work co-operatively within a small group of colleagues.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a full list of all publications, and the names and contact details of three referees. Application letters should include an explanation of your suitability for the position, a statement of research interests and future research plans, and a summary of teaching experience and interests. Longlisted and shortlisted applicants may be asked to submit further materials, including sample publications or pieces of written work and teaching materials such as course outlines/reading lists. Those invited for interview may be asked to give a sample lecture and/or to make a presentation to an audience of colleagues and graduate students followed by questions, and will have an interview with members of the Appointments Committee.

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to the head of Department, Professor James Laidlaw (

Enquiries about the application process should be made to

The closing date for applications is 5 March 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held, remotely, during May 2021.

The position is based in the Department of Social Anthropology, Free School Lane, Cambridge, England.

Further information about the Department of Social Anthropology may be found on our website at

Please quote reference JB25340 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.

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