Frequently Asked Questions
International Recruitment FAQ on Post-Doctoral Fellows Recruitment
HSE offers a competitive salary, the standard medical insurance plan with a limited set of basic services. The appointment is normally made for one year starting September 2019 with the possibility of extension.
The postdoctoral fellow is expected to pursue his/her research interests under the supervision of the director of the department or the head of the project, work in close collaboration with the department’s ongoing projects. The postdoctoral fellow will be allocated a working space equipped with a computer and free internet access at HSE.
For what positions and in what disciplines is international faculty being hired by HSE?
At present, the HSE international post-doctoral 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.
What criteria are applied to candidates for the postdoctoral positions?
Candidates must possess a PhD that is awarded within the previous 5 years or received before starting work at the HSE by a major international research university. Candidates gratuated PhD program with a strong research orientation in the field of application are more preferable. All work is conducted in English, knowledge of Russian is not required. Individual research departments may have additional specifications.
Candidates can be PhD students at the time of the application but the degree must be obtained by the time the HSE contract commences.
What are the application steps and employment procedures?
An application packet for a post-doctoral 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; and if necessary, other documents as specified by individual laboratories.
A packet of documents should be submitted via online application form. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that direct applications to the hiring laboratory may not be reviewed.
What is the working language?
All the communications, including interviews and teaching (in case of employment at the HSE) will be held in English. Therefore fluent English is an obligatory requirement.
What is the contract term?
The contract is for one year with a possibility of renewal.
Can I apply to multiple positions at one time?
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 post-doctoral 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 to the post-doctoral position in the same or a different Unit.
With regard to the statement of research interest, how long should it be and what is the format of it?
We don’t have any 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.
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