Postdoctoral Fellow in Skills Development and Vocational Education


The Higher School of Economics Center for skills development and vocational education in Moscow, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of skills development and vocational education.

About HSE University

The Higher School of Economics (HSE University) is a young, dynamic and fast-growing Russian research university. Over the past 25 years, HSE University has become a leader in Russian education, while also being recognized globally.

For instance, we were the first state-run university in Russia to begin recruiting on the international academic market. We aim at being a university with a highly attuned approach to training new professionals. Therefore, we are eager to hire people with real experience, as well as basic and applied knowledge. Committed to high-quality research, HSE University now has more than 100 research institutes and centers and over 30 international research laboratories collaborating with international specialists from all over the world.


The general requirements for the postdoctoral fellowship positions are the following:

  • Candidates must hold a recent PhD in the field of skills development and vocational education or related areas which was awarded over the last 5 years or received before starting work at HSE in a relevant field by an internationally recognized university and has been assessed by external reviewers as having the potential to pursue research that is publishable in leading peer-reviewed journals;
  • Candidates should have a strong background in skills development and vocational education, ability to work in team
  • Fluent English is an obligatory condition as research and other activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of Russian is not required;
  • Relevant experience will be an asset although not required.

The position involves

  • working under the direct supervision of Korshunov Ilya, head of lifelong learning group in the Center for skills development and vocational education;
  • participants are encouraged to pursue their own research along with working on Center for skills development and vocational education research projects such as:
    • Lifelong learning as a key component in the development of adult cognitive skills (based on international surveys – PIAAC).
    • Longitudinal survey of individuals and households: effects of participation in lifelong learning in adulthood (based on RLMS-HSE data).
    • Effective management practices for the management of additional professional education in universities
    • writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals in co-authorship with the members of Center for skills development and vocational education;
    • participation in the events of the Center and other contribution to the Center’s development;
    • public presentations of candidate’s own research to the academic community;
    • some teaching is encouraged, though not required.


Appointments are normally made for one year. Postdoctoral fellows have an opportunity of renewal of the contract (no more than two times).

HSE University offers postdoctoral fellows a competitive salary, the standard medical insurance plan, a working space equipped with a computer and free Internet access at the University.

Center for skills development and vocational education offers access to its databases such RLMS, software such SPSS, and other analytical software.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online. Please provide a CV, a statement of research interest and a recent research paper submitted via an online application form. At least two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the International Faculty Recruitment Office at before the application deadline. Please note that direct applications to the hiring Center for skills development and vocational education may not be reviewed.

Read more about the application process here.

The deadline for the applications is February 9, 2020.

For more information

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the International Faculty Recruitment Office at

Date de candidature
1 year (renewable)
Humanités : Anthropologie & Ethnologie
Sciences sociales : Psychologie et sciences cognitives, Sciences de l'éducation, Sociologie