Postdoctoral Research Position: "Empire and Nationalism in Eastern Europe and Eurasia"

The Higher School of Economics Centre for Historical Research in St. Petersburg, Russia invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of history.

Successful candidates will pursue their own research in parallel with working on Centre for Historical Research’ projects in two broad areas:

  • imperial transformations and break up of empires in the region of Northern Eurasia,
  • comparative research on political imagination of empires and nationalism.

The Centre offers access to its seminars and Richard Stites Memorial Library collections.


  • a Ph. D. from an international research university in the field of History;
  • a strong background in theories of empire and nationalism; 
  • ability to work in a team,
  • fluent English.

HSE offers a competitive salary and a standard medical insurance. The appointment is normally made for one year initially starting September 2017 with possibility of extension.

General Conditions

HSE offers a competitive salary, the standard medical insurance plan with a limited set of basic services and a possibility to rent a room in an HSE guesthouse. The appointment is normally made for one year starting September 2017 with the possibility of extension.

The postdoctoral fellow is expected to pursue his/her research interests under the supervision of the director of the department or the head of the project, work in close collaboration with the department’s ongoing projects. The postdoctoral fellow will be allocated a working space equipped with a computer and free internet access at HSE.

For what positions and in what disciplines is international faculty being hired by HSE?

At present, the HSE international post-doctoral recruitment program covers various disciplines including economics and finance, management and business informatics, politics and international relations, philology and linguistics, sociology, mathematics, statistics, public policy and public administration, law, education, media, history, philosophy, psychology and other.

What criteria are applied to candidates for the postdoctoral positions?

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in the field of application from a doctoral program with a strong research orientation from a major international research university. All work is conducted in English, knowledge of Russian is not required. Individual research departments may have additional specifications. 

Candidates can be PhD students at the time of the application but the degree must be obtained by the time the HSE contract commences.

What are the application steps and employment procedures?

An application packet for a post-doctoral position is standard and must include: a candidate’s CV, research statement; published papers, job market paper or other writing samples; at least two letters of recommendation; and if necessary, other documents as specified by individual laboratories.

What is the working language?

All the communications, including interviews and teaching (in case of employment at the HSE) will be held in English. Therefore fluent English is an obligatory requirement.

Application date
15 Mar 2017
1 year
Europe Russia
Humanities History
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years