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Postdoctoral Fellow in Regional and Urban Studies

Russian Cluster Observatory, Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK)

HSE University

Moscow, Russia


Russian Cluster Observatory in Moscow, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of creative and innovative development of territories.


Russian Cluster Observatory (RCO) is a leading consulting and research center. It conducts in-depth research on regional and industrial innovation issues through scientific research and appropriate analytical methods.  RCO interacts with state and local authorities, private and non-profit organizations in the field of cluster policy, program development and cluster development concepts.


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 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 researching creative industries and/or innovative development of cities and/or regions. The candidate must be able to work with databases and be proficient in econometric analysis tools and related software (R, Stata, SPSS).
  • 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. Evgeniy Kutsenko, Director of the Russian Cluster Observatory, Member of the Board of Directors of TCI Network;
  • participants are encouraged to pursue their own research along with working on the research projects led by Russian Cluster Observatory:
    • Atlas of creative industries in Russian cities;
    • HSE Global Cities Innovation Index (HSE GCII);
    • Innovative development of Russian regions.
  • writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals in co-authorship with the members of the Russian Cluster Observatory;
  • participation in the events of the Russian Cluster Observatory and other contribution to its 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.

- Russian Cluster Observatory offers access to its databases and analytical software such as:

  • Ruslana - Bureau van Dijk;
  • PatStat Global;
  • Orbit;
  • Passport (Euromonitor);
  • Crunchbase;
  • many others.


Application Process

Applications must be submitted online. Please provide a CV, a statement of research interest and a recent research paper submitted via the 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.

Apply Now

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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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