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Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban and Regional Planning

Institute of Regional Studies and Urban Planning  

HSE University

Moscow, Russia


The Higher School of Economics Institute of regional studies and urban planning in Moscow, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of territorial and strategic planning, preparation of strategic documents of regional development, development projects and financial-economic models of innovation and investment development of urban areas, development of tourist clusters concepts, providing research in the field of spatial and socio-economic development of the Arctic territories of Russia, development of innovative models for managing of urban development.


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 30 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 urban studies, regional studies, economic geography  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 in new approaches and models of urban development, economy geography, principles of spatial organization of urban areas and regions, modern trends of urbanization, knowledge of activities of international organization which realize policy in scope of urban and regional development, ability to work in a team.
  • Fluent English is an obligatory condition as research and other activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of Russian will be an asset;
  • Relevant experience will be an asset although not required.


The position involves:

  • working under the direct supervision of Doctor of economic sciences, Professor Irina Ilina.
  • participants are encouraged to pursue their own research in parallel with working on Institute of regional studies and urban planning research projects in 5 broad areas:
    • urban planning and development within new urban models like smart cities etc
    • approaches in providing renovation program in Russian cities
    • development of Arctic cities
    • regional inclusive growth (adopting OECD policies)
    • smart regional specialization and smart cities
  • writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals in co-authorship with the members of Institute of regional studies and urban planning
  • participation in the events of the Institute and other contribution to the Institute’s development;
  • public presentations of candidate’s own research to the academic community;
  • some teaching is encouraged, though not required.



Appointments are normally 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.

Institute of regional studies and urban planning offers access to its databases and analytical software, as well as contacts with leader experts in the research field area, library resources of HSE.


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 school 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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