Careers

We are looking for candidates who share our mission and vision and want to make a difference and contribute to improving the quality of life. If you are looking for multicultural environment, wide range of training and career opportunities and want to be a part of an academic world, consider applying for a job at GSPP.

Benefits for academic staff:

  • Internationally competitive salary;
  • Holiday leave of 56 days per annum;
  • Two flights for the appointee and dependents home per annum;
  • International health insurance;
  • Housing for the appointee and dependents;
  • Assistance for relocation expenses including air fares for the appointee and dependents;
  • Mentorship in teaching and research from senior colleagues from strategic partner- LKYSPP;
  • Faculty exchange program;
  • Funding to conduct preliminary research work.

Benefits for administrative staff:

  • Competitive salary;
  • Holiday leave of 30 days per annum;
  • Premium health insurance;
  • Housing opportunity*;
  • Mentorship and shadowing from senior colleagues from strategic partner- LKYSPP;
  • Training and development.
* Housing allocation for administrative staff is subject to University selection criterias

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Postdoctoral positions

The Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) at Nazarbayev University invite applications for postdoctoral positions in Public Policy. We aim to support highly promising scholars trained in International Economic, Financial Policy, Macroeconomic Policy, Public Policy Analysis, Health Policy Management, Public Administration, Political Science and related areas to promote the development of young and outstanding academics in Public Policy. Applicants must be a recent Ph.D. degree holder. They may not be employed by another institution during the term of their GSPP appointment. The scheme is open to nationals of all countries. Candidates selected will undertake a research project in an area of public policy or Public Management in which the GSPP conducts research. Candidates will be expected to contribute the equivalent of up to two courses each year in the graduate programs of the School.

Information on Nazarbayev University

Nazarbayev University (NU) – located in Astana, Kazakhstan – is a new Western-style, English-language institution, created with the support of other leading university partners around the world. NU’s international partners include six of the top 30 universities in the world, including University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cambridge University, University College London and National University of Singapore. The University follows the rigorous admission standards laid out by its international partners and accepts only the best students from the region. NU’s Graduate School of Public Policy enrolled its first students in 2013. The School’s partner institution is the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Conditions of Employment: The term of appointment is one year, with the expectation of renewal for one further year with good performance. An attractive remuneration package is included. Available upon request.

Application Procedure:

Candidates should submit the following documents in electronic form (MS Word or PDF file) to nugspp_hiring@nu.edu.kz:
  • Cover letter
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact details of three referees
  • Brief statement of past and current research


Full Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor

The Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) at Nazarbayev University, invites applications to join our international faculty and to share in our vision of becoming the leading public policy school in Kazakhstan and the Central Asia region. Candidates must have the requisite teaching, research and public policy experience to contribute to curriculum development, innovative pedagogy and international scholarship. Experience with public sector organizations, consultancies with international organizations, leadership in the development of relevant educational institutions and teaching experience in Asia will be regarded as strong additional qualifications. Applications are particularly invited from candidates with an established record of research and teaching in the following areas:

  • International Economic and Financial Policy
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Health Policy and Management
  • PhD in Public Policy, Public Administration, Economics, Political Science or a related discipline with a public policy focus
  • Relevant academic teaching and research experience: Full Professor – at least 2 years at full professor or 5 years at associate professor level; Associate Professor – at least 2 years at associate professor or 5 years at assistant professor level
  • International research profile – Publications in international peer reviewed journals on policy-relevant topics; success in attracting competitive funding; awards and prizes from relevant professional/academic associations

Information on Nazarbayev University

Nazarbayev University (NU) – located in Astana, Kazakhstan – is a new Western-style, English-language institution, created with the support of other leading university partners around the world. NU’s international partners include six of the top 30 universities in the world, including University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cambridge University, University College London and National University of Singapore. The University follows the rigorous admission standards laid out by its international partners and accepts only the best students from the region. NU’s Graduate School of Public Policy enrolled its first students in 2013. The School’s partner institution is the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Conditions of Employment: The appointment is on 3-year renewable contracts and will be subject to annual performance reviews. An attractive remuneration package will include:
  • Internationally competitive salary;
  • Holiday leave of 56 days per annum;
  • Two flights for the appointee and dependents home per annum;
  • International health insurance;
  • Housing for the appointee and dependents;
  • Assistance for relocation expenses including air fares for the appointee and dependents.

Application Procedure:

Candidates should submit the following documents in electronic form (MS Word or PDF file) to nugspp_hiring@nu.edu.kz:
  • Cover letter
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact details of three referees
  • Teaching dossier including teaching evaluations
  • Samples of course outlines
  • Brief statement of past and current research


Teaching Assistant at the Graduate School of Public Policy (full-time and part-time possible)

Key and functional tasks of the position Teaching Assistant (TA) is required for the Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) to assist Faculty. TAs are considered by NU to be “faculty-in-training”. TA position is a first, important, step in the academic career. TAs serving as graduate instructors. TAs who are full-time NU graduate students are eligible to serve as “graduate instructors”, with additional teaching duties and responsibilities up to and including teaching a course, under the certain conditions: The key responsibilities:
  • support the faculty in his/her teaching;
  • administer course-related matters;
  • assist faculty in monitoring and assessing student performance;
  • communicate course assignments and exercises to students;
  • organise tutorials for students;
  • assist the faculty in conducting world-class research relevant for Kazakhstan(to be determined the equal allocation of time to assist to all faculty);
  • attend briefings and meetings convened by the faculty;
  • actively participate in the development of the GSPP (take part in organization of School events, translation of School documents such as program description, brochures).
Business trips: Envisaged
Education: MA or Msc Academic background in applied economics, public policy and/or public administration at the Masters level
  • Quantitative skills used in economics, statistics, and Public Policy are an asset.
Professional knowledge and personal qualities:
  • experience and understanding of the Central Asian and Kazakh context would be an advantage for teaching modules in the area of public policy and public administration;
  • ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • research interest and experience suitable for GSPP teaching and research area
  • previos work experience in academic environment
  • knowledge of educational tools and methods
  • familiarity withpedagogical issue
Proficiency in languages, including state language (list of languages): Excellent oral and written command of English is required; good oral and written command of Kazakh and/or Russian is an asset.
Computer skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office package. Excel very important. Stata is preferable.
Final date of CV submission: Until filling


The vacancies will remain open until filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Interested candidates are encouraged to find out more about the Graduate School of Public Policy at: http://gspp.nu.edu.kz/ For more information, please contact Yerlan Agaidarov (yerlan.agaidarov@nu.edu.kz)