multiple faculty positions

Application deadline: open until filled

Start date: 15 August 2024

The School of Advanced Studies (SAS) at the University of Tyumen, Siberia, is an experimental interdisciplinary educational institution and international research center that operates in the English language.

We invite applications for full-time faculty positions starting 2023-2024 academic year. We have a capacity to hire up to 7 new faculty in a variety of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, economics, international relations psychology, cognitive science, cinema and media studies, history, literature, art history, and science and technology studies. We may also consider faculty working in other disciplines, as we always strive to expand the breadth of our educational offerings.

what and where is SAS?

Opened in 2017, SAS serves as an international benchmark for universities across Russia. It presently employs nationals of 10 countries most of whom received their PhDs from the world’s top universities. As SAS believes in offline academia, all our faculty reside in Tyumen during their teaching terms. SAS does not have academic departments and promotes interdisciplinarity in both education and research. Our faculty particularly appreciate talented and motivated students who a genuinely invested in academic pursuits and come to study in Tyumen from all around Russia and other countries. Most of our graduates continue to prestigious MA programs in Russia and Europe.

Tyumen is a prosperous provincial city with a progressive outlook and numerous daily flights to Moscow and St Petersburg. Excellent cultural amenities, medical infrastructure and retail outlets, as well as a compact city center where all SAS faculty reside create a reputation of Tyumen as the “most comfortable city in Russia.” The more intimate view of Tyumen and SAS beautiful building is available on the SAS website.

SAS educational model

SAS BA program currently has 7 majors (film and media studies, economics, IT, cultural studies, sociology and anthropology, philosophy, and international relations). Our educational model is characterized by late choice of major, extensive interdisciplinary core curriculum, small class sizes, abundance of elective courses and interactive learning. We believe that contemporary university has to be constantly searching for new educational approaches that respond to challenges presented by AI and other technologies, and we welcome educational experiments. We are committed to the values of transformative, interdisciplinary education, as well as academic integrity, meritocracy, and intellectual challenge. Our course structure gives students diverse opportunities for learning, blending core lectures with small seminars, independent academic work, and group projects.

teaching expectations

The SAS Academic year is taught over four eight-week quarters. While the dates change slightly each year, typical teaching terms are as follows:

  • Quarter 1: September 1 to October 21
  • Quarter 2: October 30 to December 23
  • Quarter 3: January 29 to March 23
  • Quarter 4: April 22 to June 15

SAS faculty normally teach a mixture of courses in their area of specialization, in the Core Curriculum, and offerings related to their current research. Each faculty member is required to co-teach one interdisciplinary course a year together with one or several faculty from other disciplines. Vast majority of courses have no more than 20 students in a class. The teaching workload includes provision of individual feedback to students, as well as supervising students’ undergraduate theses, where appropriate to their specialization.

Most SAS faculty teach 300 in-class academic hours a year (one academic hour = 45 minutes, a standard class is two academic hours), which leaves ample time for research. However, individual arrangements, including appointments for a portion of an academic year, can be negotiated.

research expectations

Most SAS professors are also active researchers. Faculty with research-intensive appointments will be expected to complete research that will lead to at least one publication, per year, in a qualified international peer-reviewed journal or another significant research output at a comparable disciplinary standard for your field.

requirements of applicants

  • Candidates must have a PhD (or due to receive their degree by 31 July 2024) from an internationally recognized university. Candidates with MA only can also be considered. 
  • A track record of publications or a promising research agenda is required for research-intensive appointments.
  • Candidates should have some teaching experience, preferably at the undergraduate level.
  • Candidates must have fluent English; knowledge of Russian is not required. 
  • Candidates must be ready to commit to residency in Tyumen for a significant part of the academic year, depending on the teaching arrangement.

contracts offered by SAS

SAS offers one, two, and three-year contracts for full-time faculty appointments that include the possibility of unlimited renewals (n.b. Russia does not have a tenure system).


SAS will offer monthly salaries of up to 250 000 rubles (after taxes) for research-intensive positions with a standard teaching load. Our salaries are among the highest in Russia for university professors, and while they may seem low with the current currency exchange rate, the cost of living, and, especially, apartment rental prices that start at 30 000 rubles per month, must be taken into consideration. Our faculty are welcome to supplement their salaries via research grants and occasional teaching outside SAS.


  • Research funds to support international travel, conferences, and other expenses. 
  • An official invitation for a Highly Qualified Specialist work visa and guidance through visa processing (including family members).
  • One month’s rent in an apartment hotel upon initial arrival and assistance in locating a suitable apartment for long-term rent.
  • Incoming flight costs for initial relocation.
  • Basic and supplemental medical insurance coverage.
  • Russian language instruction (if desired).

application process

To apply, please provide the following:

  • Your CV.
  • A detailed cover letter that outlines your experience and explains your desired role at SAS in terms of both courses you could teach and research you would be interested in doing.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Applicants should send their letters via Interfolio or have their referees submit them directly to SAS.

Please email your application and arrange for your recommendations to be sent to

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Early applications are encouraged as paperwork and visa application process takes several months.

Preliminary interviews for suitable candidates will be conducted online.