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

Job advertisement


Nazarbayev University was launched in 2010 as a premier national and regional university, partnering with some of the most recognized names in international higher education. Admission to NU is highly competitive; the student body is selected from the top high schools throughout the country and region.

The NU campus is located in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, in the heart of the new and ultra-modern Left-Bank region of the city. Incoming faculty will enjoy a cosmopolitan living experience, interwoven with traditional cultural influences in food and entertainment. The social life offers a rich and vibrant atmosphere with excellent clubs and restaurants, theater, music, opera, dancing, museums, modern and traditional bazaar shopping, professional and amateur sports, outdoor recreation, and much more.

The Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) at Nazarbayev University, invites applications for the full-time Postdoctoral Scholar position and join our international faculty  to share in our vision of becoming the leading public policy school in Central Asia. Initial appointment is on a 2-year renewable contract with a possibility of renewal for up to another 2 years maximum, subject to annual performance reviews. We offer an attractive internationally competitive remuneration package. The review of applications begins in November 2022 and continues until positions are filled.



  • 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 reputable international peer reviewed journals on policy-relevant topics; success in attracting competitive funding; awards and prizes from relevant professional/academic associations Applications are particularly invited from candidates with an established record of research and teaching in the following areas:
    • Public Management Innovation and Leadership
    • New Technology and Public Policy
    • Urban and Transport Policy
    • Health and Social Policy
    • Crisis and Emergency Management

Required Documents

Application Procedure: Candidates should submit the following documents in electronic form (MS Word or PDF file)

  • Cover letter indicating rank of position applied for
  • 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


  • A three- and five–year renewable contract
  • Internationally competitive salary
  • Furnished accommodation
  • Two annual home round trip air tickets for faculty member and dependents
  • Education allowance for faculty member’s children
  • International health insurance

Application Procedure:

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Nazarbayev University (NU) is located in Astana, Kazakhstan. It is a young international, English-medium institution created with the support of leading global university partners. In support of our growing research mission, Nazarbayev University is recruiting several full-time University Postdoctoral Scholars with research aligned to the following areas in the Graduate School of Public Policy:

  • Public Governance Innovation
  • Sustainable Economic Development
  • New Technology and Public Policy
  • Urban and Transport Policy
  • Health and Social Policy

The NU Postdoctoral Scholars program develops future faculty by providing research and teaching opportunities. Successful candidates are eligible to apply for internal research grants and are supported by the mentorship of a senior faculty mentor. The University Postdoctoral Scholars also teach two courses per year in an area relevant to their research discipline and the needs of the School.

NU Postdoctoral Scholars are encouraged to develop international research networks and may apply for Assistant Professor positions at Nazarbayev University and elsewhere. However, please note that all faculty appointments at NU are based on merit, including international research benchmarks, and there is no automatic progression from Postdoctoral Scholar to Assistant Professor.

University Postdoctoral Scholars receive an attractive, internationally competitive remuneration package and are appointed on a 2-year renewable contract with a possibility of renewal for an additional two years (maximum of 4 years in total) subject to yearly performance reviews.

Job Description - Duties and Responsibilities

University Postdoctoral Scholars:

  • conduct research and teach two courses/year as directed by the Department or School, either in their area of specialization or in a subject required by their program of affiliation;
  • undertake a workload based on 80% research and 20% teaching; the 80% research load includes research administration and management duties;
  • disseminate the results of their research;
  • actively collaborate in the research and scholarly activities of relevant research groups; and
  • participate in the support of research students.

Qualifications and Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed based on the following essential qualifications and selection criteria:

  • a Ph.D. degree from a recognized university;
  • publications in reputable journals and conferences in related areas of expertise;
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • demonstrated understanding of the operational requirements for a successful research project and management of resources;
  • knowledge and application of the principles underpinning successful grant applications;
  • proven ability to identify and fulfill the academic writing requirements for target publications;
  • proven record of working with team members as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students to help build research skills and guide professional development; and
  • academic experience consistent with the NU’s mission as an international research-intensive university. 

Additional Information

Salary and benefits: An internationally competitive salary is offered. On-campus accommodation is provided for a modest fee. Health care insurance is available.

Job status: Full-time.

Required Documents for Application

  • Motivation letter
  • Up-to-date CV
  • Two reference letters
  • Copies of qualifications

Shortlisted candidates will be subject to our standard recruitment procedures, which include an interview, background check, and vetting of qualifications. The successful candidates are expected to begin either in January 2023 or August 2023.

How to Apply

Applications should be sent to the Office of the Provost email:  before 5 December 2022, 12h00 (Astana time).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Person & Informal Enquiries about the Post

Eldar Salimov, Senior HR Manager: