Faculty Search

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 24 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 20, 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
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
Victor Vakhshtain, The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences

Higher Education Scholars

The School of Advanced Studies at the University of Tyumen is seeking up to four higher education scholars.

Established in 2017 within the University of Tyumen (Siberia, Russian Federation), the School of Advanced Studies (SAS) is recruiting one or more professors in higher education to join a core team for its new M.A. Program in Experimental Higher Education.

The School of Advanced Studies is a greenfield research and teaching institution generously supported by the Russian Academic Excellence Initiative. Currently, SAS offers a four-year, English-taught, B.A. liberal arts program with seven majors, as well as a two-year M.A. Program in Digital Cultures and Media Production. SAS employs twenty-five faculty from eleven countries.

The distinctive feature of the School of Advanced Studies is the organization of research around multidisciplinary team projects.

Beginning in 2020, SAS will incorporate a new team dedicated to improvements in higher education, which will simultaneously comprise the core faculty of the new M.A. program in Experimental Higher Education. The program aims to create a cohort of innovators capable of envisioning and implementing new pedagogies, curricular designs, and best practices. The research team will generate the theoretical and the practical base for this M.A. program by pursuing their research initiatives.

We especially encourage applicants who feel they would thrive in a stimulating, international environment promising complex pedagogical challenges and exciting research possibilities, and believe you could enable ambitious individuals to negotiate the challenges of reinventing higher education.

Expected Roles:

  • collaborative research
  • course development
  • creating a cohort of innovators: teaching, mentoring and advising

Required Qualifications:

  • a doctorate/ABD in higher education or a closely related field; exceptional candidates expecting to receive their Ph.D. before the date of employment will be considered.
  • established record of research, including peer reviewed publications
  • evidence of teaching excellence
  • organizational skills

Please note: knowledge of Russian language is not a requirement for this post.

Desired Qualifications:

  • a research program in experimentation and/or innovation in higher education, pedagogy, student affairs, or organizational change in higher education institutions
  • experience in mentoring and advising graduate students
  • membership in professional and/or scholarly associations
  • evidence of the ability to collaborate with others
  • evidence of successful grant-writing

Faculty recruitment for the School of Advanced Studies is supervised by an international search committee. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype by January 15, 2020. Shortlisted candidates will have the opportunity to team up and discuss future multidisciplinary projects, which will be assessed at the project design session to be held at SA in March 2020.

Successful highly-qualified candidates will be offered a three-year renewable full-time contract at an internationally competitive salary, plus medical insurance and a research budget, commencing in August 2020. More information about the Siberian city of Tyumen can be found here. Any questions related to this opportunity should be directed to Daniel Kontowski (d.kontowski@utmn.ru).

Please send an updated curriculum vitae, as well as a cover letter addressing your suitability for the Program in Experimental Higher Education and the School of Advanced Studies more generally, to: sas@utmn.ru. One letter of reference should be sent separately. The review of applications will start immediately, and the call will cease on December, 20.