Faculty Search

The School of Advanced Studies (SAS) is recruiting 15 professors (open rank) in humanities, social sciences, life sciences, and computer science for appointments to begin in August 2020.

SAS is a new and rapidly growing institution at the University of Tyumen (Siberia), supported by the Russian academic excellence project. SAS is an interdisciplinary research center and educational institution (BA/MA), it operates in English and currently employs 25 faculty from 11 countries, most of whom received their PhDs from universities top-ranked globally.

The distinctive feature of SAS is the organization of research around multidisciplinary team projects. We are interested in scholars committed to both research and teaching, who believe in the power of complex conversations across disciplinary boundaries.

Jobs at SAS provide a rare chance to develop one’s own research in the framework of a multidisciplinary team project, and also to contribute to shaping an innovative new institution. While scholars wishing to pursue all kinds of topics are encouraged to apply, we are particularly interested in the following research directions, within which more concrete team projects can be designed:

  • The challenges posed by AI decision-making, machine creativity and technological objects becoming social subjects.
  • Ethical and societal implications of genome technologies and neuroscience, such as genetic engineering, resurrection of extinct species, and direct manipulation of cognition and emotion in the brain, including in new media.
  • Multilevel evolution and the possibilities and limitations of applying evolutionary theory and ‘the logic of chance’ to social, economic, and cultural structures in their historical development.
  • Arctic cities in the changing environment, ‘glocalization’ of the impact of environmental and technological changes on the economy, everyday urban experience, culture and society.
  • Implications of changing economic dominance of Global South vs. Global North, East vs. West, etc. for the economic, technological, social and national divides in the multipolar world. The possibilities of the creation of communities across these divides, including by means of storytelling and visual media.

As SAS has the ambition to be part of an international network of multi- and interdisciplinary teaching and research centers, an international search committee will supervise the hiring process. Preliminary interviews will be conducted by Skype. Short-listed candidates will have the opportunity to team up through virtual contact in order to formulate draft multidisciplinary team projects. They will continue working on the project proposals during the project design session to be held at SAS in March 2020 where these projects will be assessed by the committee.

Successful candidates are typically offered 3-year renewable contracts to pursue these projects and teach in BA and MA programs (most contracts are 45% research, 45% teaching and 10% administrative work). SAS faculty receive competitive salaries commensurate with experience, health insurance and research travel funds. Some information on Tyumen is available here.

Please send a CV, three letters of reference, and a cover letter describing your academic background and research project(s) that you wish to pursue to sas@utmn.ru by December 10, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately.

SAS Faculty Search Committee (2019–2020)

philosophy of science
Alexei Grinbaum, Institut de Recherche sur les Lois Fondamentales de l'Univers, CEA/Saclay
psychology and neuroscience
Arne Dietrich, American University of Beirut
economics
Barbara Igel, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
environmental studies
James P. Gibbs, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
genetics, evolutionary biology
Svetlana Borinskaya, Vavilov Institute of General Genetics, RAS
cultural history
Kevin M. F. Platt, University of Pennsylvania
media studies
Lev Manovich, City University of New York
interdisciplinary studies
Machiel Keestra, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Amsterdam
sociology
Victor Vakhshtain, The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences