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Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance (CERF)


CERF Postdoctoral Research Associates conduct research in empirical or theoretical finance research in areas such as corporate finance, asset pricing, banking, market microstructure, asset management, behavioural or alternative finance. Appointments are for 2 years. Recruitment campaigns are advertised once a year.


  • A PhD in finance
  • Research experience with sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques
  •  Demonstrate a strong commitment to research and publications in refereed academic journals
  • Driven and committed, demonstrating initiative and self-motivation
  • Good time management and planning skills with a commitment to delivery
  • Proficiency in English is required

Main Responsibilities


  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research
  • Conduct individual and collaborative research projects
  • Write up research work for presentation and publication
  • Continually update knowledge and understanding in field or specialism
  • Translate knowledge of advances in the subject areas into research activity
  • Manage own research and administrative activities
  • Present the research to the Cambridge Finance research community, and at seminars or conferences outside the University of Cambridge

Liaising and Networking

  • Liaise with colleagues from the Cambridge Finance community and faculty from the Finance and Accounting group at Cambridge Judge Business School
  • During term time the role holder will have the opportunity to attend the weekly meetings of the CERF fellows
  • Attend the Cambridge Finance seminars and the seminars organised by the Finance and Accounting group at the Judge Business School. Information about these seminars can be found at and
  • You will be expected to build internal and external contacts, participate in networks for the exchange of information, and form relationships for future collaboration
  • The role holder may be asked to help organise seminars and conferences

Teaching and learning support

  • May assist in the supervision of student projects
  • May assist in the development of student research skills
  • May plan and deliver seminars relating to research area
  • Plan the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate

Planning and organising

  • Plan and manage own research activity in collaboration with others
  • Contribute to planning of joint research projects led by principle investigator

Any available vacancies and application forms are published here