Open-rank faculty position, history of science and technology, Nazarbayev University

Job Type: Faculty, Tenure Track

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

The Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan invites applications for an open-rank faculty position in the history of science and technology. Candidates must have a PhD in hand by August of 2017. Area of specialization and period are open, although the department is especially interested in candidates whose research and teaching include comparative and/or non-Western contexts, and who are capable of offering general surveys outside the history of science and technology. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate evidence (of potential) of excellence in teaching, research, and service. Responsibilities include but are not limited to teaching classes (teaching load is 2 + 2 with TA support for large classes), curriculum and program development, and research. The position is available from August 2016. Contracts are for a period of three years and are renewable upon a positive review.

Nazarbayev University was launched in 2010 as a premier national and regional university, partnered with some of the most internationally-recognized names in Higher Education. The strategic partner of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Admission to NU is highly competitive, and the students are the most academically gifted in Kazakhstan. Most students participate in the foundation year program run by the University of Warwick, and thus enter the School of Humanities and Social Sciences with extensive English language training and academic preparation. SHSS programs emphasize student-oriented learning, with small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio of about 12:1. All classes are taught in English.

Nazarbayev University offers an attractive benefits package, including:

  • competitive compensation;
  • housing based on family size and rank;
  • relocation allowance;
  • air tickets to the home country, twice per year;
  • no-cost medical insurance;
  • educational allowance for children.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, current c.v., contact information of three referees, teaching evaluations, and a writing sample to by March 1st. More information about the school is available at Questions related to the position, the university, or living and working in Astana can be sent to Daniel Scarborough (


Laura Makhulbayeva
Human Resource Management
Nazarbayev University
53 Kabanbay Batyr Street
Astana 010000

Posted: February 22, 2017