About program

Overview

This program is aimed at strengthening the internationalization of the educational experience for scholars, students and the University.

Professorship extends to a variety of fields (link to chairs) and is open to highly qualified professionals who hold a doctorate degree and are affiliated with World’s Top Universities.

From lecturing the curriculum of double degree programs to presenting short-term courses, there’s variety of opportunities to contribute to topical expertise and cutting-edge teaching methods.

International professors can expect a student-oriented learning environment with an emphasis on real-world, global experience. They will also enjoy personal attention of ITMO University’s Foreign Students and Scholars Office that not only will help professors and their families to smoothly relocate, but also make the best out of their time in St. Petersburg.

  ACADEMIC (Lecturing) TRACK RESEARCH TRACK
  Visiting Lecturer Research Professorship

Contract period

Two-week courses

(In special occasions: less than two weeks) 

 From 1 to 2 years with no less than 4 months per year in St. Petersburg.

 2nd year extension is subject to mutual agreement between Research Professor and ITMO  University.

General description

Focused on delivering specific expertise on a chosen subject matter, teaching workshops and/or innovative courses designed by the candidate, counseling and working with students in individual and small group sessions.

From lecturing the curriculum of double degree programs to presenting short-term courses, there’s variety of opportunities to contribute to topical expertise and cutting-edge teaching methods.

International professors can expect a student-oriented learning environment with an emphasis on real-world, global experience. They will also enjoy personal attention of ITMO University’s Foreign Students and Scholars Office that not only will help professors and their families to smoothly relocate, but also make the best out of their time in St. Petersburg.

 We are seeking distinguished professionals that are willing to develop a new cutting-edge  scientific area and create a new team around it, or to give a new impulse to one of the ITMO  University priority research directions by strongly enhancing momentum and quality of the current  research work by collaborating with aspiring scientists in already existing teams in one of the  following breakthrough fields of ITMO University:

 ITMO PHOTONICS

 TRANSLATIONAL IT

 COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES AND CONTROLS

 We welcome you to share your expertise in the relevant field and bring together a research team  by attracting mainly young scientists to address world-level research challenges. We are looking  for you to create a sufficient knowledge base and sustainable research ecosystem that will  support future collaboration in the area of your expertise.  We will provide you with the access to the ITMO University talent source and advanced research  equipment.

 If you are on a sabbatical, you may as well benefit from this program, thus enhancing your  international experience and expanding your professional network.

 Participants are expected to be physically present in St. Petersburg for no less than 4 months a  year. Remote supervision of MSc and PhD students and participation in project-related research  activities for the rest of the contract period is mandatory.

Outline

Course affiliation with particular Chairs or Departments of ITMO University is required. Affiliation must be proved by the Letter of Support (in English) from the host Chair/Dept and should include the full name of the candidate, summary of the course, program, module or project.

(Please, see the template in the application to the program)

Please note: Courses must be delivered exclusively in English.

 Research projects in the breakthrough fields: either opening a new area of research or advancing  an existing one, uniting leading international researchers and ITMO Research Labs/Depts with  their young scientists are welcome.

 The  project proposal must be accompanied by the Letter of Support from a partner Lab/Dept of  ITMO University and must include objectives and expected results of the Project, its duration,  number of prospective months to be spent in St. Petersburg, as well possible collaborators, and  must be signed by the Head of a Research Lab or Dept.

 (Please, see the template in the application to the program)

Eligibility

  • PhD or equivalent holders; 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
  • Assistant, Associate or Full Professor position (or similar) at one of the world's leading universities preferable
  • Original course-related books preferable
  • Recognized online courses preferable
  • H-index from 10 preferable
  • PhD or equivalent holders; 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
  • Assistant, Associate or Full Professor position (or similar) at one of the world's leading universities preferable
  • Proven professional record as PI (principal investigator) preferable
  • H-index from 20 (total SJR of (co-)authored publications for the last 5 years - from 30)

     The following criteria will be considered on a competitive basis:

  • experience in managing major research projects and research teams for the last 5 years;
  • MSc and PhD student supervision leading to a successful defense within last 5 years;
  • professional awards;
  • breakthrough scientific findings;
  • intellectual property portfolio;
  • industrial and networked cooperation experience, e.g. building an international research consortium

Deliverables

       Min 3 ECTS course exclusively in English (theory and/or practice)          

  • Number of publications (in Web of Science and Scopus data bases): no less than 4 per year in collaboration with ITMO researchers (young scientists, PhDs and MCs preferable)
  • Cumulative SJR of the publications with ITMO affiliation: no less than 4 in the first year of the project and 10 in the second year of the project
  • Participation in the major international scientific conferences as an invited speaker representing ITMO University: no less than 1 in the first year, and 2 in the second year
  • Establishing an effective management structure (together with the inviting collaborator from ITMO University) for a team of 5+ members including ITMO University faculty and young scientists (PhD and MSc. students) that can also function to sustain research after the project has finished 
  • Supervision (co-supervision with ITMO University professor) of master's thesis (with co-publishing of research results ): no less than 1 per year
  • Supervision (co-supervision with ITMO University professor) of PhDs’ theses (with co-publishing of research results ): no less than 2 for the duration of the project
  • Short-term courses of research-related lectures as a part of supervision process will be highly appreciated
  • 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 2 per year.

 Please note: ITMO Fellowship and Professorship Program deliverables cannot be accepted for the purposes of reporting on deliverables of other programs. 

Compensation

  • Visa expenses, travel expenses (economy class), Accommodation expenses (standard, 4 stars) for the period of classes in St. Petersburg

     OR

  • 170 000 RUB salary for the course* (before taxes, equivalent approx. to 2 675 USD)*

   ** We cover all of the above-mentioned expenses but not more than 170 000 RUB for the course.

 298 000 RUB per month (before taxes, equivalent approx. to 4 680 USD)* , but no more than equivalent of 8 months or 2 384 000 RUB per year** (equivalent approx. to 37 100 USD)* 

 Additional allowance: 600 000 RUB per year.*** (equivalent approx. to 9 400 USD)*

*According to USD to Russian Rouble exchange rate on August 15, 2016

 ** Please note that the first day of work is the day of receiving of work permit in St. Petersburg or a date stated in the work contract.

 *** 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 application, please contact the host Department or Unit and approve the syllabus of the course.

The department must confirm its commitment to work with the candidate with the Letter of Support.

The Letter of Support (in English) must include the name of the candidate and the potential course/module name and a signature of the Head of the Unit.          

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

Research proposal must contain:

1. Course title

2. Abstract

3. Relevance to ITMO University/ Host Department educational programs

4. Syllabus (scope, topics, duration and prelim. dates, audience, prerequisites, learning outcomes, organization and structure (number of lectures, practical exercises, tests etc.), grading rules)

5. Candidate teaching background

6. Software/equipment/literature/supplies that should be provided by ITMO University

7. Reference people

If you have any questions, please contact us.     

Please note: After you submit your application we will kindly ask you to provide us Course Syllabus Template, Academic Track Questionnaire, Evaluation forms (from your courses read in English). The templates are to be sent to those who apply.

 Before submitting the application, a candidate should contact the host Department or Unit. The  Research Project proposal should be prepared together with ITMO collaborators and approved by  the Head of the inviting Unit. It has to include project schedule, where the dates to be in St.    Petersburg have to be specified.

 The department must confirm its commitment to work with the candidate with the Letter of  Support.

 The Letter of Support (in English) must include the name of the candidate, objectives and  expected results of the Project, its duration, number of prospective months in St. Petersburg,  possible collaborators and must be signed by the Head of the inviting Unit.

 A candidate should also submit his/her career summary including the list of publications and  reference persons.

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

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

 If you have any questions, please contact us.

These programs are aimed at strengthening the internationalization of education and research at ITMO University.

Programs extend to a variety of fields and are open to highly qualified lecturers who hold a doctorate degree and are affiliated with World’s Top Universities.

Participants of Fellowship/Professorship/Professors of Excellence Programs are welcome to take part in other research and educational activities at ITMO University. Shall their status and main occupation at ITMO University change, they are transferred from their Fellowship / Professorship / Professors of Excellence Programs positions to newly acquired positions, thus forfeiting all their benefits derived from the Programs from the date of transfer and onwards.

Open call for applicants year round. Applications will be processed three times a year. Please, see the "Dates and results" for the date of upcoming deadline.​

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