Professors of Excellence


This program is aimed at providing ITMO University with the top-level international educational experience for professors, students and the University.

Professors of Excellence program is aimed at world professors from a variety of fields and is open for highly qualified professionals who hold a doctorate degree and are affiliated with World’s Top Universities.

Program gives Professors freedom to either lecture the curriculum of double degree programs or 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 to make the best out of their time in St. Petersburg.

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Program details

  • Contract period: from one year 
  • Please note: position requires permanent relocation for the period of contract.
  • Affiliation with particular Chairs or Laboratories of ITMO University is required. Affiliation must be proved by the Letter of Support from the host Chair/Unit and should include full name of the candidate, name and a goal of the course and reasonably detailed program description of the course, module or project.
  • 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
  • Candidate is expected to actively participate in research and publishing activity at ITMO University
  • Applications will be processed according to the deadlines. Please check "Dates and results" page for updated information.


  • Ph.D. holders (for holders of Russian Ph. D.: minimum 5 years of international experience in a world's leading university)
  • Without prior employment history at ITMO University

  • Full Professor or equivalent position at one of the world's leading universities preferable

  • H-index from 20 (total SJR of (co-)authored publications for the last 5 year from 30)

Expected Results (KPIs)

  • The candidate should demonstrate outstanding skills in research, tutoring and supervision of students (MSc and/or PhDs) area, as well as have the study course that has the potential to move ITMO University to the new level, specifically in its main areas of expertise.

  • ITMO University expects candidates who are actively published in the world's top scientific journals.

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


  • Visa expenses

  • Travel expenses (economy class)

  • 298 000 – 373 000 RUB salary per month (before taxes, equivalent approx. to 4 600 – 5 800 USD accordingly)*

Additional allowance: 745 000 RUB (equivalent approx. to 11 700 USD)* for participation in conferences and other travel expenses pertaining to research activity.

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

How to Apply

Before submitting application, please contact the host Chair or Unit and approve the syllabus of the course and/or the research project. This affiliation must be proved by the Letter of Support from the host Chair/Unit and should include full name of the candidate, name and a goal of the course and reasonably detailed program description of the course, module or project.

Details of application procedure and application form are available here

Application and all supporting documents to be submitted exclusively in English.

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