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Postdoctoral Fellow in Knowledge Management and Ontology Modelling

International Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Structural Analysis

HSE University

Moscow, Russia


International Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Structural Analysis (ISSA Lab) in Moscow, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of knowledge management and ontology-based teaching and learning with application to personalized adaptive learning systems and educational data mining.


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 50 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 Computer Science, Data Analysis, Education, 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 statistics, modern logic (descriptive, temporal, etc.), ontology modelling, and data mining, as well as ability to conduct research, participate in software engineering processes, work in project team;
  • 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 senior researcher Alexey Neznanov;
  • participants are encouraged to pursue their own research along with working on the ISSA Lab research projects such as:
    • Ontology-based automatic item generation for complex assignments in high-immersive environments (in conjunction with Institute of education – IoE NRU HSE);
    • Personalized adaptive learning space for Interactive collaborative learning (in conjunction with Microsoft and IT-Hub);
    • The models of gamification in high-immersive environments (in conjunction with Don State Technical University – DSTU);
    • Or other Lab’s projects like Intelligent Data Analysis in Medical Information systems (in conjunction with Surgut state university – SurGU); Intelligent question-answer dialog systems (in conjunction with School of Linguistics – SL NRU HSE), etc.
  • writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals in co-authorship with the members of the ISSA Lab;
  • participation in the events of the ISSA Lab and other contribution to the Lab’s development;
  • public presentations of candidate’s own research to the academic community;
  • some teaching is encouraged, though not required.



Appointments are 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, library with huge electronic text collections.

The ISSA Lab offers access to it’s Microsoft 365 platform (Office 365 and Azure services), local working station with GPU, faculty supercomputer with GPUs and NRU HSE HPC resources, the Lab’s VR/AR devices including modern VR headsets with additional trackers.

The ISSA Lab has strong connections with leading research centers in the fields of logic and statistical machine learning, laboratory head – Sergei O. Kuznetsov, chief researcher – Michael Zakharyaschev.


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 laboratory 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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