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Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Social Science (Social Data Analysis)

St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

HSE University

St.Petersburg, Russia


School of Social Sciences and Area Studies of the HSE University at St.Petersburg (Russia) invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of computational social / political science and social data analysis.


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 Political Science, Sociology, Information Science, Communication 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 quantitative social science with the relevant skills (R or Python programming languages, data mining and data analysis, computational text analysis etc), and ability to work in interdisciplinary teams;
  • 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 Prof. Daniel Alexandrov and/or other faculty members depending on the particular research focus;
  • participants are encouraged to pursue their own research along with working on research projects with the School’s faculty such as:
    • computational studies of political processes and governance in Europe and Asia;
    • digital research on migration processes, transnational communication, digital diasporas and their discourses;
    • mass-media and social media discourses globally during the covid pandemic;
  • writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals in co-authorship with the faculty members and students;
  • participation in the events of the relevant department or laboratory and other contribution to the School’s development;
  • teaching one quarter-length course and participating in the seminars in the new program in computational social science and supervising collective students’ projects – the program is fully taught in English;
  • public presentations of candidate’s own research to the academic community.



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.


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 hiring department 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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