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Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Anthropology

Centre for Historical Research

HSE University

St Petersburg, Russia


The Centre for Historical Research in St Petersburg, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of social anthropology.


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 recognised globally.

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 this postdoctoral fellowship positions are as following:

  • Candidates must hold a recent PhD from an internationally recognised university in the field of social anthropology or related disciplines awarded before start date of work at the HSE and within the last 5 years;
  • Candidates will have demonstrable potential to pursue research that is publishable in leading peer-reviewed journals;
  • Candidates are expected to have a strong theoretical and ethnographic background in the anthropology of global post-socialism, with regional and topical specialisation open, including, but not limited to, the anthropology of the political, economy, religion, science, the digital and the anthropocene.
  • Fluent English is an obligatory condition as research and other activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of Russian is not required.


The position involves:

  • working in a vibrant and growing anthropological community of HSE St Petersburg under the supervision of Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov;
  • pursuing candidate’s own research in collegial dialogue with numerous research projects of the Center of Historical Research, such as those on global history of empires, nationalism, the anthropology of time and gift, and digital ethnography.
  • writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals;
  • participation in the events of the Center of Historical Research and other contribution to the Centre’s development and the overall HSE history and anthropology community;
  • presenting candidate’s own research to broader academic public;
  • some teaching is encouraged, though not required.



Appointments are normally made for one year. Postdoctoral fellows have an opportunity of renewal of the contract for up to 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.


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 sent to the Center of Historical Research may not be reviewed.

Read more about the application process here.


The deadline for the applications is February 9, 2020.

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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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