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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

King George VI Postdoctoral Fellowship, Windsor (U.K.)

King George VI Postdoctoral Fellowship

Cumberland Lodge, the independent education and conference centre in 
Windsor Great Park, seeks to appoint a King George VI Postdoctoral Fellow 
from 1st October 2013.

This two-year fellowship is open to candidates from any academic 
discipline who have recently completed, or are very close to completing, a 
doctorate. The fellowship provides an exciting and unique opportunity for 
a scholar to gain experience in planning and running academic and 
cross-sector conferences and other events. The fellow will also play a 
full part in the residential life of Cumberland Lodge, which has the feel 
of both a college and a country house conference centre.

The appointment is for 30 hours a week plus some residential weekend 
duties. This opens the possibility for teaching or research for the 
equivalent of one day a week. Recent fellows have held teaching posts at 
Kings College London and Royal Holloway, for example.

Cumberland Lodge

Cumberland Lodge is the home of an educational charity which was founded 
in 1947. The Lodge, which is a fine 17th century country house, is owned 
by the Crown and was made available to the charity by King George VI.

The Lodge seeks to promote thinking and discussion for the 'betterment of 
society' through its own programme of events, by working in partnership 
with others, and by providing high class residential educational 
facilities for a wide range of academic, public and professional bodies. 
Regular users of Cumberland Lodge include the Government, the National 
Health Service, and the Inns of Court. The charity places particular 
importance on higher education, and since its foundations thousands of 
students from universities in Britain and elsewhere have come to 
Cumberland Lodge for conferences, retreats, reading parties and other 

Further information about the Lodge can be found on the website

King George VI Fellow

The King George VI Fellow is part of a small in-house team which runs the 
Lodges own range of events called the Cumberland Lodge Programme. The 
fellow will be required to take the lead in organising several events in 
the programme, and potential conferences in 2014 include those in the 
areas of health, policing, the public understanding of science, and 
inequality and ethnicity. Expertise in any of these fields is not 
required. What is essential, however, is an enquiring mind and a 
willingness to engage with a wide range of disciplines.

The fellow will be expected to chair some plenary sessions at conferences, 
write some conference briefing papers, and prepare some conference reports 
for publication on the web and/or in print. The fellow may also make 
contributions to the planning discussions and organisation of other 
Cumberland Lodge events. The fellow will be involved in selecting 
conferences proposed by post-doctoral and doctoral researchers, as part of 
a scheme aimed at fostering academic careers.

The fellow will also have co-responsibility for a conference for doctoral 
students, aimed at helping them deal with issues related to doctoral 
studies and their futures after graduation. The Lodge is planning to 
expand its work with students, and the fellow will have a role in this 

Residential Duties

The fellow is required to live in a flat on-site and to play a role in the 
residential life of the Lodge. This includes being part of a duty rota 
when s/he will be on call approximately two weekends each month. The 
fellow will also provide back-up to the night supervisor at least one 
night each week, by being on call in the event of an emergency.

The fellow will also give welcome talks to academic and professional 
groups about the history and purpose of Cumberland Lodge and accompany 
guests on tours of the Lodge.

Though Cumberland Lodge is a Christian foundation, we welcome applicants 
of any belief, providing they are willing to escort guests of the Lodge 
to, and attend, a Church of England service in the Royal Chapel in the 
Great Park on Sundays as one of their residential duties.

Person specification

We are looking for someone with proven academic or professional 
credentials who has the ability to work outside his/her area of specialism 
and across disciplines. The fellow must be a versatile team player, 
willing to take initiatives, have ability and confidence to speak in 
public and network with leading professionals, and able to be involved in 
the practicalities of running events. Good IT skills are also a 
requirement, including the ability to use social media.

It is essential that the fellow has a good public and professional manner, 
and is able to take responsibility not only for conference management but 
also for the general running of the Lodge (including being willing to have 
training in First Aid, collecting speakers from the train station, 
operating the fire alarms, etc.).


The pensionable stipend is 20,000 p.a. A fully furnished flat in the 
Lodge is provided free of charge, and at least one meal a day is available 
at the Lodge without charge.


Please apply by sending a CV with the names and contact details of two 
referees, and covering letter explaining why you are interested in this 
post, to the Principal, The Revd Dr Edmund Newell, c/o Ms Jennifer Streek, 
Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor, SL4 2HP or, via the 'Apply' button on our webpage.

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th June 2013. Interviews 
will take place on Thursday 11th July, for which standard class travel 
expenses within the UK will be paid.