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Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Anthropology

Center for Historical Research St. Petersburg, Russia

Center for Historical Research in St. Petersburg, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of Social Anthropology.


The general requirements for the postdoctoral fellowship positions are the following:

●     Candidates must hold a recent PhD in the field of Social or Cultural Anthropologyor 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 theoretical and ethnographic background, with regional and topical specialization open, including, but not limited to, the anthropology of religion, science, the digital, ecology and the anthropocene;

●     Candidates should demonstrate ability to conduct ethnography and develop new theoretical perspectives, and work in teams, including collaboration with research projects in anthropology and history at theCenter for Historical Research.

●      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 Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov (PhD Stanford; Associate Professor in Anthropology at the Department of History);

●     participants are encouraged to pursue their own research along with working on Center for Historical Research’s research project “Economic anthropology of household”;

●     writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals under the auspices of the Center for Historical Research;

●     participation in the academic events of the Center for Historical Research and other contribution to the Center for Historical Research’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 high opportunity of renewal of the contract (no more than two times) in case of outstanding performance.

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 along with university library and research facilities.

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 hiringcentre may not be reviewed.

Read more about the application process here.


The deadline for the applications is January 31, 2024.


Apply now


For more information:

-       about Postdoctoral Fellowship -Frequently Asked Questions

-       about HSE university –official web-site

-       about the Center for Historical Research – official web-site of the Center or contact Marina Kozhemiakina, manager of the Center (mkudriashova@hse.ru) directly

-       about past post-doctoral fellows of the Center –https://spb.hse.ru/en/humart/chr/postdoc

-       about international specialists' life in Moscow -International Faculty Support page


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


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