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Postdoctoral Fellow in History of Technology and Visual Culture

Laboratory for Visual History, St. Petersburg, Russia

Laboratory of Ecological and Technological History in St. Petersburg, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of cultural and technological history. This year we invite researchers capable of undertaking interdisciplinary research into topics, such as but not limited to, art and/in science, visual cultures and technologies, history of scientific data visualization, materiality of arts and crafts. 


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

●     Candidates must hold a recent PhD in the field of technological history, art history, visual studies 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 pursuing interdisciplinary projects which comprise traditional methods of historical analysis and rely analyses of visual culture;

●      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 Dr. Kirill Chunikhin

●     participants are encouraged to pursue their own research along with working on the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History current research project Visual Cultures in Science and Technology;

●     writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals;

●     participation in the events of the 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 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. The Lab welcomes emerging scholars to become part of a vibrant and hospitable scholarly community sharing a passion for visual studies and technological history.

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 hiri ng laboratory 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 Laboratory contact directly Dr. Kirill Chunikhin (email: kchunikhin@hse.ru)

-       about international specialists' life in Russia -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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