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Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Research Group

Centre for Cognition & Decision Making (CCDM)

Higher School of Economics 

Moscow, Russia


The international Centre for Cognition & Decision Making (CCDM, Moscow) invites applications for full-time, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in cognitive neuroscience head the Magnetoencephalography (MEG) research group. The group will have access to an Elekta Neuromag Vectorview 306-channel MEG system and associated equipment. The postholder will have an opportunity to form the research agenda of the newly established group and will have ample support from the HSE to spearhead the MEG research at the University. The position is research oriented and implies only a minimum teaching load.


About the Centre for Cognition & Decision Making

CCDM is a young international English-speaking research center recently established at the Higher School of Economics, a dynamic, ambitious and rapidly growing university. CCDM is located in the historical city center of Moscow and provides access to all major neuroimaging techniques: fMRI, navigated TMS, EEG, MEG, tDCS/tACS, eye-tracking, behavioural measurements etc. CCDM actively cooperates with national and international collaborators such as Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris), MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Leipzig), Aalto University (Finland), Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (Aarhus University), Duke University School of Medicine, etc. 


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 tenure track positions are the following:

  • Candidates must hold a recent PhD in the field of psychology, neuroscience, physics, or engineering, with strong publications in cognitive neuroscience, including E/MEG studies, 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; Applicants with background in any field in cognitive neuroscience will be considered.
  • Experience in magneto- and/or electroencephalographyic including MEG/EEG analysis, and source localization methods in particular, is highly desirable.
  • Experience in working with a 306-channel Vectorview or Triux MEG setup (Elekta Neuromag) is an advantage.
  • Evidence of relevant teaching experience and supervision skills (particularly at postgraduate level), as well as a record of external grant funding will be appreciated.
  • Candidates should be fluent in English and have a strong record of international peer review publications. Knowledge of Russian is not required as research and teaching are both conducted in English.


The post holder will be expected to be able to carry out the following duties:

  • develop an independent HSE MEG research line;
  • publish in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • develop collaborations within CCDM, nationally and internationally, including  world-leading MEG centers;
  • coordinate MEG studies and MEG training in CCDM;
  • attract research funding to further enrich and support MEG studies.



Tenure track positions are only available on a full-time, residential basis.

Overall, appointments are usually made for an initial three-year period (starting September 2020) and, upon successful completion of an interim review, contracts are normally extended for a further three years until the tenure review.

HSE University provides excellent opportunities for international faculty. For instance, we can offer a competitive salary (indexed to inflation annually and subject to a 13% flat income tax), health insurance, travel support, research support and other benefits. Since there is a key focus on generating high quality research, the teaching load of newly hired faculty is low. All individual terms of employment will be reflected in the offer letter.


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 Review Committee at International Faculty Recruitment at iri@hse.ru before the application deadline.

Read more about the application process here.


The deadline for the applications is January 12, 2020.


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


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