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Postdoctoral Fellow in Youth Studies

Centre for Youth Studies  

HSE University

St. Petersburg, Russia


The Higher School of Economics Centre for Youth Studies in St. Petersburg, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of youth studies / sociology of youth. CYS is a research centre aimed at large scale international projects concerning youth and different aspects of young peoples’ life in modern world. Our research overcomes an understanding of young people as problematic and marginalized group. We recognise among youth multiple subjects who exert their agency, but at the same time, experience their life in certain structural conditions. We aim to build a comprehensive picture of youth practices, identities, experiences, modes of participation and their meanings and to reflect on the opportunities and challenges that young people have in today's global and local contexts.


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 youth studies, sociology, Russian 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 sociology and qualitative methodology, ability to work in team, to conduct research, to do fieldwork, to write and to publish articles.
  • Fluent English is an obligatory condition as research and other activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of Russian is not required but could be considered as additional advantage.
  • Relevant experience will be an asset although not required.


The position involves:

  • working under the direct supervision of Omelchenko Elena, professor, Director of the Centre for Youth Studies;
  • participants are strongly encouraged to pursue their own research along with working on Centre for Youth Studies research projects such as:
    • Transition to adulthood among Russian youth in the 21st century: generational analysi
    • "Surviving difficult times and keeping the business": strategies for coping with the crisis of young entrepreneurs in St. Petersburg
  • writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals in co-authorship with the members of the Centre for Youth Studies;
  • participation in the events of the Centre for Youth Studies and other contribution to the Centre’s development;
  • participation in the writing the research applications to the foundations with CYS team;
  • 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.

- The Centre for the Youth Studies offers access to its databases (in Russian) and library.


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 centre 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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