About programs

ITMO University Postdoc and Fellowship programs aim to provide outstanding researchers and scientists, who are, or have the potential to become, leaders in their chosen fields, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. Our intention is to help to develop next generation of researchers with the greatest potential in their postdoctoral and early career stages. This program is supported by the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100.

Join ITMO Postdoc or Fellowship program!

Postdoc Fellow
General Description

We are looking for young, early-career researchers to join the work of the host Unit and offer expertise on a chosen scientific sphere.

Postdocs are expected to contribute to the research held in the hosting Unit by active cooperation with its staff, writing and publishing articles on the topic of collaborative scientific work, and sharing their international experience with students.

Research Project with the Laboratory or other Unit of ITMO University. The Project must be approved by the Letter of Support from Lab/Unit and must include: objectives and expected results of the Project, its duration, budget and signature of the Head of the Research Lab or Unit.

Interdisciplinary Projects bridging together the above strategic research areas of ITMO University combining Natural Sciences, Information Technologies with other disciplines; e. g. Economy and Society, Life and Health Sciences, will be given serious consideration.

Only for individuals who completed a Ph.D. degree in countries outside Russia or have minimum 3 years of international experience in the world's top universities.

Eligibility
  • Only for individuals who completed a Ph.D. or equivalent no more than 5 years ago; for holders of Russian PhD: minimum 3 years of international experience in one of the world's leading universities

  • Without prior employment history at ITMO University

  • Ph.D., Professors or Associate professor position at world’s leading university preferable

  • Without prior employment history at ITMO University

  • H-index from 7 preferable

Contract Period
  • 1 to 3 years

  • 2nd and 3rd year extension is subject to mutual agreement between Fellow and ITMO University.

  • Position requires permanent relocation for the period of contract.

  • 1 to 3 years

  • 2nd and 3rd year extension is subject to mutual agreement between Fellow and ITMO University.

  • Position requires permanent relocation for the period of contract.

Expected Results  (KPIs)
  • Number of publications (in Web of Science and Scopus databases) with single affiliation of ITMO: no less than 2 per year in collaboration with ITMO researchers.

  • Cumulative SJR of the publications with single ITMO affiliation: no less than 2.

  • Open lectures and/or seminars for students: no less than 3 per year.

  • Number of publications (in Web of Science and Scopus databases) with single affiliation of ITMO: no less than 3 per year in collaboration with ITMO researchers (young scientists, PhDs and MCs preferable)

  • Cumulative SJR of the publications with single ITMO affiliation: no less than 3.

  • Participation in the major international scientific conferences as an invited speaker representing ITMO University: no less than 1 per year.

  • Putting together and applying to the additional funding in the area of the new scientific area: external funding, including but not limited to international funding projects – no less than 1 per year with a minimum of 450,000 rubles funding (equivalent to approx. 8 000 USD*)

  • Supervision of master's thesis (with co-publishing of research results ): no less than 2 during the period of the employment contract

  • Short-term courses of research-related lectures

Please note: ITMO Fellowship and Professorship Program deliverables cannot be substituted for deliverables of other ITMO University programs (for the purposes of reporting).

* According to USD to Russian Ruble exchange rate on February 28, 2018

Compensation

83 500 RUB (before taxes, equivalent to approx. 1 435 USD)* salary per month

* According to USD to Russian Ruble exchange rate on February 28, 2018.

149 000 RUB (before taxes, equivalent to approx. 2 670 USD)* salary per month

Additional allowance: 200 000 RUB (equivalent to approx. 3 600 USD)* per year.**

* According to USD to Russian Ruble exchange rate on February 28, 2018.

** Additional allowance can be used:

  • for purchasing equipment and materials required for the prospective research;

  • business trips to major international conferences as an invited speaker (only round trips from/to St. Petersburg are acceptable);

  • publishing fees in high-ranked open access journals

Please note: the money not used in the current year cannot be transferred to the consecutive year.

How to Apply

Before submitting the application, please contact the Host Unit to plan a collaborative Research Project. Host Unit must confirm its commitment to work with the candidate by the Letter of Support.

The Letter of Support must include:

  • objectives and expected results of the Project;

  • Project duration;

  • expected KPIs;

  • the amount of money required for its successful completion (if applicable);

  • signature of the Head of the Research Lab or Unit.

Research proposal must contain:

1. Project title

2. Project scope

3. Objectives

4. Motivation and matching with the international research agenda (what challenges the project can answer and how, arguments confirming project feasibility and prospects of the selected research direction, references to related works, recognized and supported projects)

5. Relevance to ITMO University priority research directions

6. Candidate research background (experience that ensures that the project can be successfully completed)

7. Research plan (stages, presence in SPb)

8. Deliverables

9. Budget

10. Reference people

Details of application procedure and application form are available here. Application and all supporting documents to be submitted exclusively in English.

Please note: successful candidates for the position of Postdoc Fellow, will be invited to ITMO for a personal interview and a trial seminar for the students.

Applications will be processed according to the deadlines. Please check “Dates and results” for updated information.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

We expect the successful candidates to start their work at ITMO University within 6 months after the winners are announced.