The School of Advanced Studies (SAS, https://sas.utmn.ru/en) in Tyumen,
Siberia, invites applications for full-time faculty positions for
the 2022-2023 academic year. Anticipating up to 10 new faculty
appointments, SAS is looking for academics to join our dynamic,
international faculty in Art History,
(Dynamic Modelling, Applied Statistics), Comparative
Literature, Computer Science (Systems
Analysis, AI, ML), Cultural Studies,
Economics, Film and Media
Studies, Higher Education,
History of Science and Technology,
Sociology. We are also interested in hiring a
student theatre director who could teach performance
WHAT AND WHERE IS SAS?
This is a rare chance to develop your research and teaching
within an interdisciplinary environment at an innovative Russian
educational institution. Tyumen is a prosperous provincial city
with a progressive outlook and numerous daily flights to Moscow and
St Petersburg. Cultural amenities, medical infrastructure, numerous
restaurants, cafes, and bars, as well as retail outlets, combine
with natural surroundings that include famous hot springs and make
Tyumen the “most comfortable city in Russia.” For the list of
amenities, check out the official city website (https://visittyumen.ru/en/); for
the intimate feel of the city as experienced by SAS students, see
the video (https://youtu.be/PToajAt82cU)
Due to a lack of familiarity with
our location and ethos for many prospective candidates, we are
offering weekly Q&A sessions (via Zoom) with our
team. This informal discussion will provide clarity and reassurance
on multiple issues concerning location, language, relocation, and
SAS’s mission. Please contact Fedor Gook (email@example.com) if you
are interested in joining us to chat about any questions you might
A recent addition to the University of Tyumen, SAS is a
groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research center and educational
institution (Bachelor and Master level) that operates entirely in
the English language and occupies its own building (https://sas.utmn.ru/en/location-en/)
at the heart of the city with a unique atmosphere. Opened in 2017,
as a recipient of the prestigious funding from the Russian
Government (https://5top100.ru/en/), SAS serves
as an international benchmark for universities across Russia and
presently employs 18 full-time faculty from 13 countries (https://sas.utmn.ru/en/people-en/).
Following the successful graduations of our first Bachelor and
Master student cohorts, we are now looking to grow both student and
We are interested in recruiting academics who are committed to
both research and teaching, who believe in the power of complex
conversations across disciplinary boundaries, and who are willing
to enthusiastically engage with the dynamic approach to teaching
and learning that is central to work and study at SAS.
SAS: AN INNOVATIVE INTERDISCIPLINARY MODEL
Transcending traditional single-discipline research approaches
and academic departments, SAS’ faculty is organized around
interdisciplinary research projects (https://sas.utmn.ru/en/research-en/).
SAS research program seeks to contribute to the discussion about
the fundamental problems that emerge at the intersections of
humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Incoming faculty either
join existing research projects or organize their own. The
interdisciplinary conversation begins at the Project Design
in which short-listed faculty candidates are invited to
This broader vision for research at SAS aligns with our
Bachelor’s and Master’s education, which is modeled on a liberal
arts and sciences paradigm. We are committed to the values of
transformative, interdisciplinary education that still retains a
necessary depth of knowledge in individual subjects. Our course
structure gives students diverse opportunities for learning,
blending core lectures with small seminars, independent academic
work, and group projects. We currently have seven majors and eight
minors in the Bachelor’s program as well as one Master’s program in
Experimental Higher Education, and we plan to open more in the
The SAS Academic year is taught over four eight-week quarters.
The teaching terms for the 2021-22 academic year are as
Quarter 1: September 1 to October 23
Quarter 2: November 1 to December 25
Quarter 3: January 31 to March 26
Quarter 4: April 18 to June 11
SAS faculty teach a mixture of courses in their area of
specialization, in the Core Curriculum (https://sas.utmn.ru/en/core-courses-en/)
and offerings related to their current research. Courses are taught
both individually and in shared formats. The vast majority of
classes are taught as seminars with a class size of 20 students or
You can expect to teach 5 courses, or the equivalent, across
four quarters. A typical course consists of three 90-minute classes
a week across eight weeks. The teaching workload includes course
content preparation, marking of assessments, and providing
individual feedback to students.
During the teaching terms, faculty commit to being available to
all students, on campus, for 60 to 90 minutes a week, in our
“Professor in the Box” tutor system.
SAS faculty are also expected to supervise students’
undergraduate theses, where appropriate to their
All our professors are also active researchers. In addition to
teaching commitments, you will be expected to join a research team
at SAS and to complete research that will lead to at least one
publication, per year, in an international peer-reviewed journal
(indexed in Web of Science Core Collection or Scopus Q1/Q2) or
another significant research output at a comparable disciplinary
standard for your field.
REQUIREMENTS OF APPLICANTS
Candidates must have a PhD (or be due to receive their degree by
31 July 2022) from an internationally recognized university.
A track record of publications or a promising research agenda is
Candidates should ideally have some teaching experience,
preferably at the undergraduate level.
Candidates must have fluent English; spoken Russian is not
Candidates must be able to work in teams and with students.
Candidates must be ready to relocate to Tyumen to take up the
CONTRACTS BEING OFFERED BY SAS
SAS offers three-year contracts for full-time faculty
appointments that include the possibility of unlimited renewals
(n.b. there is nothing comparable to tenure in Russia).
We also anticipate offering several shorter-term “visiting
faculty” contracts for January to June 2022 to help suitable
international academics more fully understand the job and the
geographical location, in advance of a long-term commitment.
One-year positions will also be considered for 2022-23.
SAS offers monthly salaries of up to 220,000 rubles after all
taxes (ca. 3000 USD). Our salaries are among the highest in Russia
for university professors. While this may seem low when comparing
across currencies, the cost of living and local conditions must be
taken into consideration. For assistance in this regard, consult
the cost of living calculator at Numbeo ( https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/).
Our faculty also supplement their salaries via Russian and European
- Annual, individual 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
- One month’s rent in an apartment hotel upon initial arrival and
assistance in locating a suitable rental (well-appointed apartments
walking distance from SAS are available for 25-40k rubles per
- Basic and supplemental medical insurance coverage.
- Russian language instruction.
As stated, all candidates are invited to join us for an informal
Q&A session in advance of their application to talk through any
questions about living and working in Russia. Prospective
applicants should also explore the SAS website to gain a clearer
understanding of our approach to education and research.
To apply, provide the following:
- Your CV.
- A detailed cover letter that outlines your experience in
teaching and research and clarifies your suitability for a position
- Three letters of recommendation. Applicants should send their
letters via Interfolio or have their referees submit them directly
Please email your application and arrange for your
recommendations to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for this application round is October 10, 2021.
Complete applications will be reviewed upon submission, so
applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Preliminary interviews for suitable candidates will be conducted
online during September and October 2021. Short-listed candidates
will be invited to attend a one-week Project Design Session (PDS)
at the SAS campus in Tyumen on December 10-14, 2021.