Postdoctoral Fellowship: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
At present, HSE University international postdoctoral recruitment programme covers various disciplines including economics and finance, management and business informatics, politics and international relations, philology and linguistics, sociology, mathematics, statistics, public policy and public administration, law, education, media, history, philosophy, psychology and other.
Postdoctoral researchers are employed by HSE University for research fellows positions. Please check out the Open postdoctoral positions page.
Candidates must possess a PhD that is awarded within the previous 5 years or received before starting work at HSE University by a major international research university. The PhD programme graduated by the candidate should have a strong research orientation in the field of application.
Candidates can be PhD students at the time of the application but the degree must be obtained by the time the HSE contract commences.
All work is conducted in English, knowledge of Russian is not required.
Hosting departments may have additional specifications.
Within the timeframe indicated in the employment advertisement, the applicant should choose a position and provide the required documents. An application packet for a postdoctoral position is standard and must include:
- a candidate’s CV,
- research statement,
- published papers, job market paper or other writing samples,
- at least two letters of recommendation,
- if necessary, other documents as specified by the hosting departments.
A packet of documents should be submitted via online application form. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org before the application deadline. Please note that your application will not be considered in case of the late submission of the recommendation letters. Also, direct applications to the hiring laboratory may not be reviewed.
After the deadline, Review Committee considers and evaluates each application package on the basis of academic appointability, research potential, and its match to each HSE University department’s area of research interests and academic environment. The candidates might be contacted for a remote interview.
After careful review, the selected candidates will be contacted and sent an offer for the position and the relevant information.
More detailed information on the application process can be found on Postdoctoral Fellowship information page.
There are no special requirements to statement of research interests. It is usually written in a free form and normally takes 1-2 pages. But can be either longer or shorter.
The general rule for all the candidate is that the applicant can apply for only one announced position - in discipline in which the candidate feel more specialized and which is a priority. Candidates applying for a tenure track position are not eligible to apply for a postdoctoral position if decision on tenure track has not yet been made. In case of a dual pending application (to both positions), candidate may be contacted and asked to choose one. If an applicant is rejected for a tenure track position, he may reapply for the postdoctoral position in the same or a different Unit.
All the communications, including interviews and teaching (in case of employment at HSE University) will be held in English. Therefore, fluent English is an obligatory requirement.
The postdoctoral fellow is expected to pursue his/her research interests under the supervision of the head of the hosting department or the project lead, and also work in close collaboration with the department’s ongoing projects.
HSE University offers the following conditions to the 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 contract is for one year with a possibility of renewal (no more than two times).
To apply for the prolongation of the contract, a postdoctoral fellow needs to participate in the open call again, on general terms (with the difference that instead of two letters of recommendation from external referees a fellow should present a letter of support from the current department).
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