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Postdoctoral Fellow in Research on Impact of Digital Technologies on Human Well-being and Quality of Life

Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK)

HSE University

Moscow, Russia


Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge in Moscow, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of digital studies.


About HSE University

The Higher School of Economics (HSE University) is a young, dynamic and fast-growing Russian research university. Over the past 25 years, HSE University has become a leader in Russian education, while also being recognized globally.

For instance, we were the first state-run university in Russia to begin recruiting on the international academic market. We aim at being a university with a highly attuned approach to training new professionals. Therefore, we are eager to hire people with real experience, as well as basic and applied knowledge. Committed to high-quality research, HSE University now has more than 100 research institutes and centres and over 30 international research laboratories collaborating with international specialists from all over the world.



The general requirements for the postdoctoral fellowship positions are the following:

  • Candidates must hold a recent PhD in the field of social sciences (preferably but not exceptionally in Sociology or Economics) or related areas which was awarded over the last 5 years or received before starting work at HSE in a relevant field by an internationally recognized university and has been assessed by external reviewers as having the potential to pursue research that is publishable in leading peer-reviewed journals;
  • Candidates should have a strong background in social sciences with focus on science and technology or innovation studies, experience in statistical, sociological and expert research ability to work in team, conduct research, and develop high quality research papers.
  • Fluent English is an obligatory condition as research and other activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of Russian is not required;
  • Relevant experience will be an asset although not required.



The position involves:

  • working under the direct supervision of Dr. Konstantin Fursov;
  • participants are encouraged to pursue their own research along with working on ISSEK’s research projects such as:
    • Understanding Digital Culture
    • Social analysis of Data Culture and factors of digital literacy in society
    • Transformative impact of digital technologies on human activities, creation and dissemination of knowledge
    • Privacy in the Digital Age – privacy as an element of business environment and a social institution
  • writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals in co-authorship with the members of the ISSEK;
  • participation in the events of the ISSEK and other contribution to the ISSEK’s development;
  • public presentations of candidate’s own research to the academic community;
  • some teaching is encouraged, though not required.



- Appointments are normally made for one year. Postdoctoral fellows have an opportunity of renewal of the contract (no more than two times).

- HSE University offers postdoctoral fellows a competitive salary, the standard medical insurance plan, a working space equipped with a computer and free Internet access at the University.

- The ISSEK offers access to its electronic library sources, databases and analytical software as well as to the results of empirical surveys for the period of a Postdoctoral Contract.


Application Process

Applications must be submitted online. Please provide a CV, a statement of research interest and a recent research paper submitted via an online application form. At least two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the International Faculty Recruitment Office at fellowship@hse.ru before the application deadline. Please note that direct applications to the hiring department may not be reviewed.

Read more about the application process here.


The deadline for the applications is February 14, 2021.

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If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the International Faculty Recruitment Office at fellowship@hse.ru


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